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Anathem Audiobook

Anathem

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Fraa Erasmus is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the "Saecular" world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals.

Over the centuries, cities, and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent's walls. Three times during history's darkest epochs, bloody violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet always the avout have managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. Erasmus, however, has no fear of the outside - the Extramuros - for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago.

Now, 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.

Powerful unforeseen forces threaten the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros - a threat that only an unsteady alliance of Saecular and avout can oppose - as, one by one, Raz's colleagues, teachers, and friends are all called forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster.

Suddenly burdened with a worlds-shattering responsibility, Erasmus finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of everything - as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of an unfamiliar planet...and far beyond.

©2008 Neal Stephenson; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    "another masterpiece by Stephenson"

    Stephenson again amazed me with his attention to every detail and the thought provoking nature of his writings again show his amazing ability.

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    Lance D. Henderson CA 06-17-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Delightful world building"

    Stephenson's world building is as enjoyable as it is complex, two states that don't often manifest together.
    The narrator deftly uses different voices that allow the listener to always know how is talking without becoming annoying.

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    Brian Bradley Key West, FL, US 06-15-16
    Brian Bradley Key West, FL, US 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning."

    A beautifully elegant quantum theory based storyline. one of the most compelling novels from Stevenson. I loved it.

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    Scott B. 05-31-16
    Scott B. 05-31-16 Member Since 2017

    I love sci-fi and fantasy. Addicted to audiobooks!

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    "One of my Favorite Books!"

    This is a really great book! You can read the other reviews, but you really just need to give it a chance - I don't think you'll regret it. Fantastic world building, great characters, amazing story. I'm a big Stephenson fan, and this story - while very different from his others - has all the hallmarks of his writing style and storytelling. The narration is fantastic, and really makes the characters come alive.

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    Joakim 05-15-16
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    "One of the best books I have read!"

    This book manage to include heavy theoretical science and philosophy together with a powerfull and entertaining story. Great humor, wonderful dialog and interesting characters. Apply the rake when choosing your next narrative, and choose this one!

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    Lyndsay S. 05-04-16
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    "Keep listening!!"

    This is an amazing story, the narration is beautiful and excellent. It's pretty slow at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it - listening to this book has been a profound experience for me. I recommend it to everyone!

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    MacMouth 04-07-16
    MacMouth 04-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Waiting for something to happen"
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    Read so well it kept me interested


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

    I'd try, but Seveneves was awesome ant that inspired me to listen to this :(


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    First ship landing and finding the alien


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    22 hours of waiting for something to happen. Would have ben ok in an 8 hour book

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    ERIC BRANDENBURG 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent, highly inteiiigent work. well read"

    Excellent book. Typical Stephenson. Highly intelligent and different. Well read. Very nice use of the idea of monasticism as a vehicle for carrying on knowledge over time.

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    Greg 04-07-16
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    "Love his other books. Couldn't get into this one."

    Non-standard use of language in the beginning made it hard to keep up with the subtleties of what was going on combined with a very slow and excruciatingly long "start" left me just wanting this book finished. Don't let this be your first book by Stephenson.

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    I love the vastness of realities Stephenson creates. Now that I've finished the book, I almost feel homesick.

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