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Rule 34 Audiobook
Rule 34
Written by: 
Charles Stross
Narrated by: 
Robert Ian Mackenzie
Rule 34 Audiobook

Rule 34

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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

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    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 01-08-12
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 01-08-12

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

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    "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
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-18-11
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 07-10-12
    Daniel 07-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "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
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    Kathryn S. March 11-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "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
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    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!

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    "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
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    "Very confusing first person story"

    I found this title to be hard to follow due to the switching between each character and telling it from their point of view. I couldn't keep up with what was happening to whom.

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    Tony 01-28-16
    Tony 01-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fun Stross"

    A bit hard to start. but it gets pretty interesting pretty fast. turns into a crazy fun ride to the finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 03-29-15
    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Horrible"

    I write reviews for books I think are good and those that I think are bad. I don't see why this one made it to publication much less into an Audible book. The story cannot be followed, the characters are hard to understand, and the assumptions about police work in the future are way out of line. Read J D Robb's books if you want ones with good ideas about policing in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cranston, RI USA 01-16-15
    Amazon Customer Cranston, RI USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome narrator"

    Mr MacKenzie is awesome for the Scottish accents. His colonel Datka is amazing as well. Great performance.

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    Amazon Customer 05-30-14

    GloryM

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    "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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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