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  • Seveneves: A Novel | Neal Stephenson

    Seveneves: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (10610)
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    (10598)

    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

    Charlie's Mom says: "If you liked THE MARTIAN....."
  • Cryptonomicon | Neal Stephenson

    Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4678)
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    (3800)
    Story
    (3825)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Diana Parker says: "Great book; small error in download file"
  • Snow Crash | Neal Stephenson

    Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9650)
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    (6614)
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    (6684)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
  • Reamde | Neal Stephenson

    Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    Neil says: "Subjective Review - Not a Conventional Thriller"
  • Anathem | Neal Stephenson

    Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3580)
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    (2429)
    Story
    (2438)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Christi says: "Am only one third done"
  • The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson

    The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
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    (2438)
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    (2455)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    (1638)
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    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
  • King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    (1246)
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    (910)
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    (916)

    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

    Dale says: "Less Math Fiction, More Action"
  • Odalisque: Book Three of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Odalisque: Book Three of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    Overall
    (891)
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    (637)
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    The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one-hundred fold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities - as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "Imp of the Perverse Embodied in Brilliant Fiction"
  • The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
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    (635)
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    (645)

    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    Mr says: "The Confusion"
  • The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (680)
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    (503)
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    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    Julie W. Capell says: "So good, I want to start the whole series over"
  • Currency: Book Seven of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Currency: Book Seven of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Neal Stephenson, Kevin Pariseau
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    Daniel Waterhouse finds himself embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint (and closet alchemist) Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "Imp of the Perverse Embodied in Brilliant Fiction"
  • Seveneves | Neal Stephenson

    Seveneves

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
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    The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

    Wanda says: "Not his best..."
  • Solomon’s Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Solomon’s Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with "Infernal Devices," or time bombs. Unbeknownst to Daniel, however, Newton has an ulterior motive: to wrest the Solomonic Gold from the control of his arch-enemy, the master counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Andrew Pollack says: "My favorite in the series so far"
  • Zodiac | Neal Stephenson

    Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
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    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
  • Interface | Neal Stephenson,J. Frederick George

    Interface

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers.

    Dianne says: "Interface"
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 | Neal Stephenson,Greg Bear,Mark Teppo,Nicole Galland,Erik Bear,Joseph Brassey,Cooper Moo

    The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    An untested group of Shield-Brethren initiates stand before the sprawling Mongol army in a bloody circus of sadistic violence, while a hardened company of their finest roam the desolate wasteland of the Mongol empire, wrapping their dead in blood-soaked soil and struggling to find the strength to fight even as they mourn. The warrior-monks, both in the East and the West, sharpen their swords for a final battle. The Khan of Khans must be slain if Christendom is to survive.

    angelo says: "This Book Rocks"
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1 | Neal Stephenson,Greg Bear,Mark Teppo,E. D. deBirmingham,Erik Bear,Joseph Brassey,Cooper Moo

    The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 2 | Neal Stephenson,Greg Bear,Mark Teppo,Nicole Galland,Erik Bear,Joseph Brassey,Cooper Moo

    The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
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    (277)
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    In the aftermath of the Mongolian invasion of 1241, beleaguered Christians struggle with the presence of a violent horde and a world turned upside down. Apocalyptic fever sweeps through Europe, infecting even the most rational individuals, leaving all to wonder if they are seeing the end times - or an hour when new heroes will emerge from the ruins of cataclysmic defeat.

    Carol says: "Flawed but fascinating"
  • Some Remarks | Neal Stephenson

    Some Remarks

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
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    One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels - works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; and more.

    Duncan says: "Worth a revisit"
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