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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 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good, not Great

    • By Reuben James 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 2,125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,866

    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 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 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    • 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 739
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 693
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 693

    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 Rhesus Chart

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 854
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 779
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 781

    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

    • Accelerando

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 407

    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 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 1,048
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 897
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 899

    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 591
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 546
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542

    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

    • The Apocalypse Codex

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 894
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 806
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808

    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 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 1,002
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 893
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 897

    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 Annihilation Score

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 596
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 549
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 549

    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

    • Iron Sunrise

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 184

    Planet Moscow is vaporized by an unnatural star explosion, prompting those who escaped to counterattack the likely culprit - planet New Dresden of the neighboring system. But New Dresden wasn't to blame, and as worlds go to war, an unseen enemy labors to destroy the universe itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow-up novel

    • By Daniel O. Buchholz on 05-10-12

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Singularity Sky

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 395
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 276
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 280

    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 Family Trade

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 484
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 435
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 435

    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 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 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    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 Kindle Customer on 02-12-16

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Clan Corporate

    • Book Three of the Merchant Princess
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 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 165

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • These books are addictive

    • By Kathleen Ward on 10-26-16

    Regular price: $25.51

    • 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 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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 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 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    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

    • Halting State

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 258

    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 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 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    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

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