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Perdido Street Station Audiobook

Perdido Street Station

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Publisher's Summary

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none - not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger - and more consuming - by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon, and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes.

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.

©2003 China Mieville; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The author of King Rat delivers a powerful tale about the power of love and the will to survive in a dystopian universe that combines Victorian elements with a fantasy version of cyberpunk. Mieville's visceral prose evokes an immediacy that commands attention and demands a wide readership. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"Mr. Miéville's novels - seven so far - have been showered with prizes; three have won the Arthur C. Clarke award, given annually to the best science fiction novel published in Britain…. [H]e stands out from the crowd for the quality, mischievousness and erudition of his writing…. Among the many topics that bubble beneath the wild imagination at play are millennial anxiety, religious cults, the relationship between the citizen and the state and the role of fate and free will." (The New York Times)

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    Daniel Bernath 04-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great imagery "

    This was an extremely well written and articulated book! Mievelle paints a beautiful and grime filled world, and John Lee articulates this perfectly. The ending left me with a bad taste in my mouth, but it was well worth the ride.

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    Shidobu 04-18-16
    Shidobu 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dense, complicated, and unapologetic."

    This isn't an easy listen, but it's worth the slog. The narrator gives a stellar performance and the world created by the author is very complex so if you're looking for something different, you've found it.

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    Amazon Customer 03-30-16
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    "Brilliant descriptive writing."

    Mieville paints a brutally descriptive image of a fantastic world of interlocking species and technology. Amazing, for example, how an entire chapter about laying cables in a city can continue to capture one's attention... Sometimes the description goes on so long that one is left begging for some action, but he usually finds a balance. The reader is excellent, capturing the tension, the pace, and the varied characters.

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    D. Fyler 03-13-16
    D. Fyler 03-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Literary equivalent of a Salvador Dali Painting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was...well...interesting. I admire the authors originality as the fantasy genre has become rather unoriginal and hidebound of late. But the characters were just so surreal, I had a hard time immersing myself in the story.


    Was Perdido Street Station worth the listening time?

    I would say yes, but I am not sure if I will listen to anymore of this authors books.


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    Sunscour Grant, Alabama 02-24-16
    Sunscour Grant, Alabama 02-24-16
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Perdido Street Station the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions of the city are amazing. Words that help you smell and see, love it.
    The book has a mystery to solve and characters to fall in love with, but it is the city that makes the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Issac, sad, smelly, smart and in a bad place.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first John Lee. The reading was steady, but sometimes he needed a glass of water.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, lots of information to process and I just wanted to digest what had just happened.


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    Bret Wortman Virginia, USA 01-28-16
    Bret Wortman Virginia, USA 01-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I just stopped caring"
    Would you try another book from China Mieville and/or John Lee?

    I've always enjoyed John Lee's narration of Peter F. Hamilton's works, and I really enjoyed "The City and The City". So yes, I'd try another book by either.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    What troubled me as I worked through the book was that John Lee's voice kept making me think I was "reading" a Peter F. Hamilton book, and I was constantly being disappointed by the descriptions of things and the level of detail in the book. Then I'd remember it was Mieville and would cheer up again for a while until, once again, I'd realize that I was disappointed. I ended up with about 4 hours left in the book and just turned it off to listen to something else. It just didn't grab me at all. I don't want books to make me work to stay interested. Mieville's other books have kept me enthralled, so I'm not sure what happened here.


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    Valerie Valparaiso, IN, United States 01-23-16
    Valerie Valparaiso, IN, United States 01-23-16 Member Since 2001
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    "God's damn! What an imagination!"

    Literally like nothing I've read before or since. It was staggering when I read the novel and now, years later, I'm impressed with the audio book. John Lee does a great job imparting emotions to the characters and brings a wonderful gravitas to the narration. I could feel the grit of New Crobuzon, smell the construct steam mingling with the strange smells of xenian cooking. top notch baroque fantasy.

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    bishop415 11-21-15
    bishop415 11-21-15
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    "Bootifull Good Great Super Story"

    There was a whole bunch of bug people and frog people and robot people and dead guys with wires in their heads! Oh! And there was a magical spider who made me feel weird and a bunch of scary moth monsters who french people and suck out their brains! Oh man! Then there's this fat guy who seems to be really smart and tough, but he has all of these realistic human frailties, but he's also a hero! And the fat guy totally does it a bunch of times with a chick who has a beetle for a head (but the gangsters and the moth monsters turn her retarded)! Oh man, it's a good book! A+++++++!

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    Kevin 10-07-15
    Kevin 10-07-15
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    "Wonderful"

    I wish John Lee would read everything I listened to on audible. It was perfect. Not overdone, great character voices, perfect emotion. Loved it.

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    Brie Boulder Creek, CA USA 08-27-15
    Brie Boulder Creek, CA USA 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excruciating detail and deep imersion"
    Would you listen to Perdido Street Station again? Why?

    Maybe not for sometime. It is a quite lengthy book and I have two more to go through. But it is good enough that I'm considering buying all three books in paper. Miéville goes through an exhaustive effort to describe the world and does a fantastic job. Additionally, he also applies this verbosity to the character development as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Perdido Street Station?

    Without giving the story away, there were so many times in the story that entirely new races were introduced or strong twists occurred that weren't foreseeable. This, is somewhat shocking after having listened to and read so many books where you know what is going to happen but have to wait for it to occur.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    At first it was jarring because it was so different than many of the books I'd listened to lately, but very quickly his cadence, voice acting and inflection grew on me strongly. Now, I'm hooked.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In an alternate world, where steam power was developed in lieu of gasoline. In a world where magic exists and humans aren't the only intelligence. One small group of interconnected folks embarks on a fantastic journey of self discovery and revelation.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read The Scar

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