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Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross continues to make a name for himself in the sci-fi genre. The Jennifer Morgue is an extension of Stross’ award-winning novella The Concrete Jungle.

Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

©2006 Charles Strauss (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"[A]lternately chilling and hilarious....It's up to Bob and a collection of British eccentrics even Monty Python would consider odd to stop the bad guy and save the world, while getting receipts for all expenditures or else face the most dreaded menace of all: the Laundry's own auditors. Stross has a marvelous time making eldritch horror appear commonplace in the face of bureaucracy." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Bryan
  • Monument, CO, United States
  • 09-16-12

The Laundry as James Bond

The demon dimensions exist. Scary things from your nightmares are real. And Bob Howard- a computer geek - works for the Laundry. An MI-6/MI-5 type agency with all the bureaucratic ISO nightmares, created to control the demons and other horrible things that no one else believes really exist.

In 1975, the CIA used Howard Hughes's Glomar Explorer in a bungled attempt to raise a sunken Soviet submarine in order to access the Jennifer Morgue, an occult device that allows communication with the dead. Now a ruthless billionaire intends to try again, even if by doing so he awakens the Great Old Ones, who thwarted the earlier expedition. It's up to Bob to stop the bad guy and save the world, while getting receipts for all expenditures or else face the most dreaded menace of all: the Laundry's own auditors.

This third in the Laundry series move Bob along in his life, his relationship with his significant other- Mo, his next ina series of matrix management bosses, his father-son relationship with his true mentor in an entertaining story that makes Bob into the James Bond-like damsel in distress.

The snark factor has gone down as the Laundry series has continued. And we know that while Charles Stross has a problem with religion. What he really, really, really hates is American-style, pro-life, evangelical Christianity. However, you can get past this bias and just enjoy the story.

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Fabulous

The reader, Gideon Emery, was perfect for this book, and the material was a fascinating blend of Lovecraftian tropes, computer technical geekery, and the application of over-the-top spycraft.

And damn it if the interpersonal relationships didn't have extraordinarily satisfying arcs! Stross's characters have really begun to feel like real people in the best possible way.

This has me slavering to hear the previous Laundry book, also read by Emery. I hope you've got Emery already producing the Fuller Memorandum, now that I'm on the topic, because if you can't tell, I think Stross, the Laundry books, and Emergy are a winning combo.

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  • Cynthia
  • WATERFORD, MI, United States
  • 02-13-14

GREAT NEW LISTEN

Once I got used to the accent it turned out to be a really fun listen. Lots of twists and turns. Wish I had listened to Book 1 first. Have ordered Book 1 to listen to better late than never. The characters are very richly portrayed by the narration. Easy to pick up where you left off and get absorbed in the book each time you start listening.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend to any sci-fi enthusiast.

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The Laundry series continues to thrill

What made the experience of listening to The Jennifer Morgue the most enjoyable?

Charles Stross' dry geek humour makes the book feel like a conversation with my friends.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob Howard is the perfect hero - flawed, honest and dealing with all situations in dry humour.

What does Gideon Emery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator manages to insert the story directly into the listener's mind without intruding on the narrative.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I almost fell off the treadmill laughing at several points, and chuckled through most of the story.

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  • Matthew
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 04-27-16

A Tap of the Nose and a Wink

Any additional comments?

Lighter on the satire, heavier on the adventure, still a fun ride.

If you read the first book in this series, then honestly this book is probably better written than that one. That said, I liked the first one more. However, in terms of a Did-I-Enjoy-This-Book scale, it remains equal. The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue are just two different books. Where the first book was a satire of office culture and adventure mystery novels with a Lovecraftian spin, this one purposely plays a dashing British Spy story straight with the formula, but all the while it taps its nose and winks at you. So yeah, there is still satire here, but it is more of a clever adventure novel that plays with the tried and true stereotypes and cliches.

As for this book more specifically, Bob is back! I was actually afraid each book would have a different character, which would made me sad. But he is back and remains the main character. Also back are Pinky and Brains with a more active role. They are hilarious, Q eat your heart out. New to this book is a drop dead gorgeous mysterious woman and a maniacal bad guy. You'll like them, I promise.

Given the archetype this book is spoofing, you can count on a lot more scenes of poor Bob having to wing it MacGyver style (with tentacles). When he isn't doing this, he is usually being screwed over by whatever heinous and unmentionable events he's been railroaded into. I mean, he is just some poor cubical rat that gets sent out on dangerous missions occasionally.

So while this book has less, or maybe just more subtle, satire and fewer Eldritch horrors, it is a great example of what someone with a creative mind can do with a novel. I recommend it to anyone who liked the first book, and I for one plan on starting the third book before long - maybe tomorrow.

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  • troy
  • Texas
  • 12-19-11

I listend to the Laundry Files out of sequence

I listened to this series out of sequence and I cannot remember the individual story lines now after a few months have passed. But I did love the series.

just because i started writing this review I want to finish it but … i just want to remember if this book was the one of with the killer mermaid and james bond machines or the one with the killer violin or the one where the ice giants carved hitlers face into the moon.

Any ways... buy the book, listen to it, and then go buy all the other Atrocity Archive/Laundry File books there are... cause they are quite awesome.

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  • Amy
  • Reidsville, NC, United States
  • 09-30-18

a good story

this was a really good story, but not a good one to listen to while on a drive. the main character was suffering from sleep deprivation for a good chunk of the story and it kind of made me sleepy while driving. once I was off the road it was far more enjoyable.

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Issues, but can be enjoyable

Fun, light book if you don't take events too seriously. Then again, there should be rape trigger warnings on this thing because implications of a sexual non-consentual situation are brushed under a rug or even made 'sexy'. Also, rules that are established early are ignored later. If those aren't deal-breakers, this book is worth reading as an imaginative romp that blends Bond-style spycraft with high technology indistinguishable from Lovecraftian magic.

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Second book in the series

This is my second book in the series. I have been a little unsure whether to listen to it or not after having found the first book a little mixed.

Well I think this book is better than the first. There is still something about it that doesn't sit quite right with me - especially the second mini story at the end and the appendix; those I hated.

But for the main story which is the bulk of the book it was pretty decent and enough for me to give the third book a try.

I'd recommend this book if you work in IT and laugh (or cry) at bureaucracy.

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  • ton
  • london england
  • 07-29-17

funny twists

good story with some very suprising twists bob gets a tough job with a very dangerous ally