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  • Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse | Charles Stross

    Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    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.

    Ben says: "Love Charles stress but where is the humor?"
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel | Charles Stross

    The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
  • Empire Games | Charles Stross

    Empire Games

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Alex Beckers says: "Disappointing"
  • The Delirium Brief | Charles Stross

    The Delirium Brief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Jasmine Wahlberg says: "Fantastic, frustrating, squamous, and rugose"
  • The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel | Charles Stross

    The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Bryan says: "The Laundry as James Bond"
  • Accelerando | Charles Stross

    Accelerando

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    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.

    David Lee says: "Hardest of hard SF..."
  • The Family Trade | Charles Stross

    The Family Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    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.

    Norman says: "6 books - intriguing series"
  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel | Charles Stross

    The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
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    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.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
  • The Nightmare Stacks: Laundry Files, Book 7 | Charles Stross

    The Nightmare Stacks: Laundry Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
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    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.

    Ethan M. says: "The magic is back and then some!"
  • The Apocalypse Codex | Charles Stross

    The Apocalypse Codex

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
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    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.

    Ethan M. says: "Still great, though a bit of the magic has faded"
  • The Rhesus Chart | Charles Stross

    The Rhesus Chart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Ethan M. says: "The Laundry series returns to excellent form"
  • The Annihilation Score | Charles Stross

    The Annihilation Score

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
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    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.

    Ethan M. says: "Falls apart in all the wrong ways"
  • Singularity Sky | Charles Stross

    Singularity Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    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?

    Noah says: "Gonzo giggleworthy geekitude"
  • Glasshouse | Charles Stross

    Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
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    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
  • A Colder War | Charles Stross

    A Colder War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
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    Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.

    Erich L. Swafford says: "Really fun listen"
  • Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012 | John Scalzi,Sylvia Day,Brandon Sanderson,Charles Stross,Ken MacLeod,Brit Mandelo,Rachel Swirsky,Meghan McCarron

    Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Sylvia Day, Brandon Sanderson, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, R.C. Bray, Amy McFadden, and others
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    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Feast or Famine"
  • The Atrocity Archives: Book 1 in The Laundry Files | Charles Stross

    The Atrocity Archives: Book 1 in The Laundry Files

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
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    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...

    says: "Rubbish"
  • The Hidden Family: Merchant Princes, Book 2 | Charles Stross

    The Hidden Family: Merchant Princes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    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.

    Amazon Customer Curtis Wright. says: "Great story and narrator"
  • The Clan Corporate: Book Three of the Merchant Princess | Charles Stross

    The Clan Corporate: Book Three of the Merchant Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots, and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is too much like the mafia for comfort.

    Kathleen Ward says: "These books are addictive"
  • Rule 34 | Charles Stross

    Rule 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
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    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross takes listeners into the near future for this breathtaking thriller. As head of the Rule 34 Squad, Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh keeps a close eye on Internet activity, monitoring whether people are participating in harmless fantasies or engaging in illegal activities. When three criminal spammers are murdered, it’s up to Liz to determine how the victims were connected. If she can’t figure it out, more people will surely die.

    C. Hartmann says: "Wild Ride Picks Up Where "Halting State" Left Off"
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