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    • The Labyrinth Index

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of prime minister. In America, a thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the Midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great entertainment — funny and thoughtful

    • By William B Baker on 11-04-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Atrocity Archives

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,900

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen for IT People

    • By Raymond on 06-16-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Accelerando

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 462
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 416
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 418

    The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hardest of hard SF...

    • By David Lee on 11-24-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Annihilation Score

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 614
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 565
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 565

    Mo's latest assignment is assisting the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary citizens suddenly imbued with extraordinary abilities of the superpowered kind. Unfortunately these people prefer playing superpranks instead of superheroics. The mayor of London being levitated by a dumpy man in Trafalgar Square would normally be a source of shared amusement for Mo and Bob, but they're currently separated because something's come between them - something evil.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A disappointing addition to a great series.

    • By A Tye on 11-08-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Family Trade

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 447

    Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Could be really awesome.

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Jennifer Morgue

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 909
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 910

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Laundry as James Bond

    • By Bryan on 09-16-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Delirium Brief

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 619
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 572
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 568

    Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess. Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry's existence has become public.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic, frustrating, squamous, and rugose

    • By Jasmine Wahlberg on 07-13-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Dark State

    • A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Dark State ups the ante on the already volatile situations laid out in the sleek techno-thriller Empire Games, the start to Stross' new story-line and a perfect entry point for new listeners, in The Merchant Princes series . In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story when it was sometimes told.

    • By Matt on 05-08-18

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Fuller Memorandum

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 908

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” ( Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top notch!

    • By Maggie on 06-12-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Nightmare Stacks

    • Laundry Files, Book 7
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 759
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710

    After stumbling upon the algorithm that turned him and his fellow merchant bankers into vampires, Alex Schwartz was drafted by The Laundry, Britain's secret counter-occult agency that's humanity's first line of defense against the forces of darkness. Dependent on his new employers for his continued existence - as Alex has no stomach for predatory bloodsucking - he has little choice but to accept his new role as an operative in training.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Back on Track!

    • By Michael on 06-30-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Apocalypse Codex

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 912
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 821
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 822

    The winner of multiple Hugo Awards, Charles Stross is one of the most highly regarded science fiction writers of his time. In The Apocalypse Codex, occasionally hapless British agent Bob Howard tackles a case involving an American televangelist and a supernatural threat of global proportions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Advanced computational demonology

    • By Ken on 11-18-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Rhesus Chart

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 875
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 797
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 799

    As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry - the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats - Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do - especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus. Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I just plain loved this book

    • By Angus on 07-23-14

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Hidden Family

    • Merchant Princes, Book 2
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate world relatives in The Family Trade and with them an elite identity she didn't know was hers. Now, in order to avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam, known as Lady Helge to the Family, starts applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade dominated by mercantilists - with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • waste of time

    • By 90% on 03-12-18

    Regular price: $25.51

    • Singularity Sky

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    In the 21st century, the perfection of faster-than-light travel and the rise of a prodigious artificial intelligence known as the Eschaton altered the course of humankind. New civilizations were founded across the vastness of space. Now, the technology-eschewing world known as the New Republic is besieged by an alien information plague. Earth quickly sends a battle fleet - but is it coming to the rescue, or is a sinister plot in motion?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gonzo giggleworthy geekitude

    • By Noah on 11-11-10

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012

    • By: John Scalzi, Sylvia Day, Brandon Sanderson, and others
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, R.C. Bray, Amy McFadden, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 145

    This outstanding collection of short stories features some of the best of Tor.com original fiction, in audio for the first time. Written for and originally published exclusively on Tor.com, this audiobook includes Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated short stories, brand-new fiction from best-selling authors, and tales that feature characters and worlds that listeners already know and love. In this unique story collection, listeners will enjoy fiction from Sylvia Day, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and many others.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic breadth of story

    • By Designer for Games Films and Animation on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Labyrinth Index

    • Laundry Files, Book 9
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats - has culminated in the unthinkable: an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhairi Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • felt the Reader got many of the characters wrong

    • By Alexander on 11-20-18

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Empire Games

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    Charles Stross builds a new series with Empire Games. Expanding on the world he created in the Family Trade series, a new generation of paratime travelers walk between parallel universes. The year is 2020. It's 17 years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Alex Beckers on 03-23-17

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Revolution Business

    • Book Five of the Merchant Princes
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    Locked in a vicious civil war for control over the kingdom of Niejwein, their army is bottled up inside a fortress under siege in two parallel universes at once. Duke Angbard, the Clan's leader, has been laid low by a stroke: plotters are already conspiring in readiness for the deadly dance to come. Miriam, rescued from a tight spot in New Britain, finds the hopes of the young, progressive faction focused on her.

    Regular price: $21.73

    • The Atrocity Archives

    • Book 1 in The Laundry Files
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Never volunteer for active duty... Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. His world was dull and safe; but then he went and got Noticed. Now, Bob is up to his neck in spycraft, alternative universes, dimension-hopping terrorists, monstrous elder gods and the end of the world. Only one thing is certain: it will take more than 'control+alt+delete' to sort this mess out...

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Rubbish

    • By Anonymous User on 10-13-17

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Wireless

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Prolific novelist Stross pauses to collect short stories that have not (yet) been stitched up into his longer work. Stories that move the US - USSR conflict onto a massive disk in another galaxy (Locus Award-winner "Missile Gap"), offer a spam-filter solution to the Fermi paradox ("MAXOS"), and suggest clever bargains with the devil in a newly frozen Scotland ("Snowball's Chance") demonstrate Stross's ability to crisscross genres, blending SF, fantasy, horror, and espionage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Anything by Charles Stross is worth reading

    • By Susan Murdoch on 07-12-15

    Regular price: $31.49

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