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The Incrementalists Audiobook

The Incrementalists

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Publisher's Summary

The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules - not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world.

Editors Select, September 2013 - There are two reasons I’m excited about The Incrementalists. The first is that it’s about a secret, ancient organization that manipulates individuals in order to make the world just a little bit better. The second is that it’s co-narrated by Ray Porter, whose performance made Peter Cline’s 14 the insta-classic it turned out to be. Splitting the narration duties with Mary Robinette Kowal makes perfect sense, as the book’s perspective shifts between Phil, a member of the organization, and Renee, a new recruit. This is just the kind of quirky, contemporary sci-fi I look forward to. —Chris, Audible Editor

©2013 Steven Brust and Skyler White (P)2013 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries, and Las Vegas all in one book? Shut up and take my money." (John Scalzi)

"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character, and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure." (Roger Zelazny)

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    Carl 05-06-15
    Carl 05-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightfully original story"

    I love the dialogue among the characters. The two lead characters are especially wonderful.

    There's a tiny bit of unexplained stuff around the way reincarnation works and how Celeste breaks the rules but largely it's self consistent and a whole bunch of fun.

    There are two narrators and it's great fun to hear each of them interpret the voices of the same characters. I've listened to this one more times than any other audio book I "own" and still enjoy it tremendously.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Taggart Missouri 03-17-15
    S. Taggart Missouri 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This was an excellent, surprising read for me"

    Excellent futuristic scifi, this book delivers. Interesting premise, I enjoyed the characters, want to retread this one. Will look for other books by these authors.

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    Boppie 10-14-13
    Boppie 10-14-13 Member Since 2015

    There's always something to read in my purse

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    "WARNING: NOT SCi-Fi. Love Story In Disguise. Meh."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is being sold as a secret society molding human history through the mists of time/sort-of time travel story, when in fact it's just another 'we were meant for each other' sappy love story with a thin veneer of 'we have this amazing way of transferring memories from one human consciousness to another over the last 40,000 years, but that's just a plot device.' SOOOO disappointing. I kept listening waiting for the good stuff to kick in, and it never does. I don't know who decided on this bait and switch marketing approach but it's really lame.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration isn't awful.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way.


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    Karen 10-08-13
    Karen 10-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Expected much more"

    When I chose this book, I was expecting to hear about the world of the Incrementalists and tales of their endeavours to make the world a better place. Instead, the actions of the Incrementalists were no more than hinted at all through the book. As intriguing as the premise was, the development of it was patchy in most places and was not much more than the backdrop to a rather mawkish romance.
    The narrators were okay but they had a disconcerting practice of using different accents for the same characters. Mary Kowal portrayed the character Jimmy with a French accent while Ray Porter gave him a gruff American accented voice.
    The descriptions of the practice of the Incrementalists and how they work was intriguing but this book was unable to satisfy the need for a story with substance to match the premise.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Gaithersburg, Md, United States 10-07-13
    Barbara Gaithersburg, Md, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "disappointing"
    What would have made The Incrementalists better?

    I don't know how this book got such a high rating. This story might have been better if it made any sense. I like a good sic-fi, but this story is way out in left field and, maybe I'm showing my ignorance, but I just didn't get it at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrators were both good and probably the only reason I kept listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't have any desire to listen to the last 5 minutes.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-08-13
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Almost Speechless"

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    I really enjoyed The Incrementalists, was it action packed, no; was it a heart pounding thriller, no; was it anything that I usually look for in an audiobook, no. But still I found myself fully engulfed within the story I could not stop listening. I really wanted the meddlers to meddle more and really change the world. This was an examination of personality, how they evolve or not over long periods of time and how one can lose them selves if they do not embrace who they are. Paradoxically it is a study of how ones personality must change if they are going to save the ones they love. Part science fiction, part love story, part mystery, adds up to a truly unique story of an equally unique secret society. At the end I did feel a bit like I got snookered, The Incrementalists did not live up to my expectation of what I was getting into by any means, even though I wanted so much more. I did not feel like I wasted my time, I found myself, once it was over, saying to my self "Wow".

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Aurora, CO, United States 10-10-13
    Vicki Aurora, CO, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I could not finish this book"
    What disappointed you about The Incrementalists?

    The story was all over the place; it couldn't keep my interest and I had no desire to finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Brust and Skyler White again?

    I don't know


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 10-15-14
    Marjorie 10-15-14

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Audible Reviewers, I'll never doubt you again!"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal ?

    Any narrator(s) that can be on the same page! One character from one narrator has some sort of sophisticated European accent and the same character from the other narrator has her as an old Granny. How can you possibly keep it straight and better yet, take it seriously? Why did no one point this out?


    What character would you cut from The Incrementalists?

    Because this story was about big ideas and wasn't broken down for the rest of us, I felt nothing for these characters.


    Any additional comments?

    There were too many ideas in this book. It's a great concept, but poorly constructed. I never felt invested in these characters. The narration ruined it, and I'm actually a fan of both these voice actors! So disappointing. I should have listened to the reviews. I'll be requesting a refund.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 02-10-14
    Kathryn 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't Make it All The Way Through"

    This was a complex story - with a lot of imagined worlds in the minds of the characters. I made it about 3/4 thorugh but just didn't care enough what happened to finish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Daly Bayswater, Australia 01-14-14
    Sean Daly Bayswater, Australia 01-14-14

    I like books..usually the read-with-your-eyes type and this is all fascinating new to me. Keen to snatch up a freebie as they appear.

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    "Worth hanging in there.."
    Would you listen to The Incrementalists again? Why?

    Probably wont listen again, by the end of the book i wanted more..but not more of the same again. There's a cool short story available on Tor if you want a touch more though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Incrementalists?

    Oh by far fav moment were the early talks between Phil and Renee..when he unpacks the basic pitch of the incrementalists.. that was fun!


    What does Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was my first audiobook, so the experience of having a woman narrating when it was from Renee's perspective was just really fitting. Ive never heard either narrator before though.. so i have nothing to compare them to.


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

    Probably the part of the story where Phil realises he's been 'meddled' with and as the scope and size of that realisation hit him.. I couldnt help but feel gutted for this guy!


    Any additional comments?

    At first..i didnt like how disoriented i felt at the begining of the story. Reading time/date stamps on emails, the disjointed switches between narrators..it all seemed like a bit of a dud. The lingo of the incrementalists takes some getting used to as well..since it's all in use right from the begining. SO persevere up until Phil and Renee meet. If by then you hav'nt picked up on whats going on..then bail. If you're like me.. and you are curious..get ready!

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