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The Incrementalists | [Steven Brust, Skyler White]

The Incrementalists

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.
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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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    David 09-29-13
    David 09-29-13
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    "Just not my thing."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Brust and Skyler White again?

    Probably not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal ?

    Sure. I don't think they saved the book, but they were better than the story.


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

    I liked the female character's obsession with good design, but the author's kind of let it fall by the wayside once they had used it to establish her.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just kind of bored me. I didn't hate it, but I stopped listening with only an hour or so to go and I never missed it. I didn't really care what happened to anyone and don't have any interest in finding out.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Boppie 10-14-13
    Boppie 10-14-13 Member Since 2014

    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.


    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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    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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    Karen 10-08-13
    Karen 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaryKae Cameron Altona, Illinois 03-02-15
    MaryKae Cameron Altona, Illinois 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Story"

    This was a fun romp. Engaging characters, nice romance, interesting premise. I would love a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Henry Lamming 02-20-15
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    "Whole Lot of Meh"

    The readers did a passable job trying to make a boring story and uninspiring concept interesting to listeners. It's not horrible and embarrassing, but certainly not memorable either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States 02-10-14
    Kathryn BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States 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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