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    • 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 2,075
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,820

    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

    • The Apocalypse Codex

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 868
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 783
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 785

    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 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 712
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 666
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 666

    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 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 1,032
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 883
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 884

    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 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 977
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 870
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 875

    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 Delirium Brief

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 548
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 507
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503

    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

    • Accelerando

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 435
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 394
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 396

    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 Family Trade

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 464
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 418
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 417

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 6 books - intriguing series

    • By Norman on 06-13-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Annihilation Score

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 568
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 523
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 523

    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

    • 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 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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 Rhesus Chart

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 833
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 759
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 761

    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

    • Halting State

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 318
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 254

    The year is 2012, and China, India, and the United States are waging an infowar for economic domination. With innocent gamers mere pawns in the hands of electronic intelligence agencies, programmer Jack Reed is tasked with ferreting out the plot of those who would gladly trade global turmoil for personal gain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 2 Smart Books Well Worth the Listen - Great Reader

    • By C. Hartmann on 01-08-12

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Merchants' War

    • Merchant Princes, Book 4
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well connected, and that her family was too much like the Mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain-damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • My son said not to bother

    • By Susan on 07-22-16

    Regular price: $31.18

    • Empire Games

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    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 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 246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story and narrator

    • By Amazon Customer Curtis Wright. on 02-12-16

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Labyrinth Index

    • Laundry Files, Book 9
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Neptune's Brood

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 234

    The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct - for the fourth time - due to its fragile nature. Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. She’s on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. But her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, the enigmatic Count Rudi, suspects that there’s more to Krina’s search than meets the eye.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Commerce amongst the stars

    • By Julie W. Capell on 04-29-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Singularity Sky

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 391
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 275

    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

    • 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 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    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 Trade of Queens

    • Book Six of the Merchant Princes
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    A dissident faction of the Clan, the alternate-universe group of families that has traded covertly with our world for a century or more, have carried nuclear devices between the worlds and exploded them in Washington, DC, killing the president of the United States. Now they will exterminate the rest of the Clan and keep Miriam alive only long enough to bear her child, the heir to the throne of their land in the Gruinmarkt world.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • The author went to sleep

    • By L. Roe on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $21.73

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