We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Rule 34 | [Charles Stross]

Rule 34

Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross takes listeners into the near future for this breathtaking thriller. As head of the Rule 34 Squad, Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh keeps a close eye on Internet activity, monitoring whether people are participating in harmless fantasies or engaging in illegal activities. When three criminal spammers are murdered, it’s up to Liz to determine how the victims were connected. If she can’t figure it out, more people will surely die.
Regular Price:$31.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross takes listeners into the near future for this breathtaking thriller. As head of the Rule 34 Squad, Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh keeps a close eye on Internet activity, monitoring whether people are participating in harmless fantasies or engaging in illegal activities. When three criminal spammers are murdered, it’s up to Liz to determine how the victims were connected. If she can’t figure it out, more people will surely die.

©2011 Charles Stross (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (153 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (67)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
3.8 (131 )
5 star
 (40)
4 star
 (51)
3 star
 (22)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (7)
Story
3.9 (128 )
5 star
 (48)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (8)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 01-08-12
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 01-08-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    144
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    318
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    39
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wild Ride Picks Up Where "Halting State" Left Off"

    [See Review of Halting State]

    I enjoy hard science fiction particularly when it comes in very long books or multiple book series -- with one or more of the following themes: modern space operas, complex storylines, detective or noir/cyberpunk overtones, cascading clever thoughts/dialogue and/or military. This has led me to works by Peter F. Hamilton (Void Trilogy, Greg Madel Series), Dan Simmons (Hyperion), Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space Trilogy, Terminal World), Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon) and most recently Charles Stross.
    Halting State and Rule 34 are a swirling, clever, funny and very complex pair of police procedurals done just enough into the future to look at the next big thing in social engineering, computing, communications and just about anything else you can imagine.
    When I read the first book, Halting State, I initially found it hard to get into the three rotating storylines and the fact that the narration is, oddly, in the second person -- but it was worth the work to do so. This book is less frantic and easier to track than the first one. Again though, it is a rock solid procedural with a clever and appealing set of smart characters. Once again, the FANTASTIC Scottish dialect (and absolutely tremendous performance by the reader) and will sweep you away as the twists and turns look like a cross between HOMELAND and a LaCarre novel. I have moved these two book up to my top ten list -- and hope that we get a wee bit more in the future.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel United States 07-10-12
    Daniel United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    55
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    205
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not for everyone"

    Be prepared for 12 hours of foul language , disgusting sexual perverts, and atrocious psychos. As usual the author's science is good and has sharp insights into some of topical issues of the day. His characters are almost 3D and the story moves right along. I like the narrator. He has a lot of heavy brogues and accents that require you close attention to follow, but, he grows on you. I didn't enjoy this story as much as some of the authors others, all the crud starts to weigh on you after a while.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-18-11
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    623
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    439
    145
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    227
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "William Gibson + 30 years"

    In the same vein that William Gibson set the standard for envisioning an interconnected, online virtual reality 30 years ago, Charles Stross is setting the standard today for the evolution of the development in an online, virtual reality world that is coming to play an ever greater role in our lives today.

    While Rule 34 can be viewed as a sequel to his previously excellent, Halting State, only locale (Scotland) and Inspector Liz have been retained. This story begins with a murder with several unusual circumstances. As the story unfolds, other seemingly independent players are introduced with eventual intersections that become quite complex involving more bizarre murders, international financial wizardry, and software designed to ferret out crime. All the while, Stross is exploring possibilities in online capabilities as well as developments in manufacturing analogous to earlier developments of electrical dynamos leading to small, electric motors. As far as near future stories go (over the next 25 years), Stross does an excellent job of creating a plausible, believable world that could develop.

    Most fascinating about the story is Stross selection of a multiple, third person narrative style with a continual stream of consciousness. The reader is always inside the head of a character getting a front row seat to all the action as well as internal commentary that includes witty and humorous observations on how things do and don't work out well.

    The narrator does an exceptional job of rendering Scottish accents in a manner that is perfectly understandable in addition to other non-Scottish characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathryn S. March 11-08-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1383
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I hate spam!"

    I love following the threads in a Charlie Stoss novel just to see the inventive ways he comes up with to create the final collision. This collision is superb! The accents are jarring at first for my american ears, and we have to be imersed in the world of internet policing, but it is worth the wait, and I know a bit more about where from and how all this %$#!?(grrr)*!!! spam I get evey day is coming from.

    This is hard SciFi in a world that could could happen in our lifetimes, no space cowboys and no fae pricesses. A little slow start getting in, but like I said, american ears.... Worth a read for CS fans.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 11-10-11
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    318
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    47
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Peek into the future of law enforcement"

    Rule 34 is an interesting peek into the future of law enforcement and how computers will 'help' maintain law and order. This story also touches on the criminal enterprises, monetary markets, social networking and the maker community. Mr. Stross weaves an interesting tale and introduces us to some strong characters. I found some political and career development comments extremely humorous - laughing out loud humorous.

    I could not imagine a better narrator for this book. It may take American listeners a while to pick up on his accent - but you are richly rewarded for your efforts. His performance makes listening to this book immensely enjoyable. I caution you there are some sexual passages (of which only I think only one is significant to the story) that may offend some listeners.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 05-30-14 Member Since 2008

    GloryM

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I'll never know if this story is any good...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The only people who will enjoy this book are those with the patience and forbearance to listen to the nearly incomprehensible dialect the narrator chose to use. Think bad Scottish accent with a mouth full of marbles while chewing dry crackers. I have tried three times to listen to this and turn it off after I realize I still can not understand what is being said. Perhaps it is a good book but unless I read a hard copy I will never know. It seems to me that someone should have listened to the reader before they put this book on-line. Unfortunately, I had the book for quite a while before I started to read it so I can't return it. That, by the way, is 15$ gone forever because of the garbled reading. I expect more from Audible. I almost feel that this book constitutes a breach of contract.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian J. Phillips Tysons Corner, VA 08-06-12
    Brian J. Phillips Tysons Corner, VA 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great near future mystery"
    If you could sum up Rule 34 in three words, what would they be?

    A no kidding modern detective novel set in a neat future. All scifi technology currently exists, it has simply become common in the rule 34 world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rule 34?

    The toymaker


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussions of sentience,


    Any additional comments?

    If you can make it through the scottish brough, it is an excellent book. It can be difficult at thimes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    michael Locust Grove, GA, United States 04-10-12
    michael Locust Grove, GA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    86
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "horrible narration!"

    The narrator was so bad that i could not finish this book. Which is sad because the story was ok. Its also in third person, which takes getting use to. But i dont care how good the story is, i wanted to stab my ears listening to this dude. The clip i listened to was not bad,thats why i got the book. But 10 min in i regretted buying it

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Connor North Carolina 03-31-12
    Connor North Carolina 03-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

    HELPFUL VOTES
    94
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    114
    100
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reminded Me of Listening to a Drunk Tell a Story"

    Charles Stross is an award winning author with a reputation for creating trends followed by other writers. I did not enjoy Rule 34 and hope it is not one of his best works. The plot was difficult to follow and made worse by being written in the 2nd person.

    I did enjoy the description of our possible economy in 20 years. Also, the personal technology that we might use on a daily basis was very credible and fun to think about.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-9 of 9 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.