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    • The Diamond Age

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,424
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The rock could use a bit more polishing

    • By Tango on 05-19-13

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Snow Crash

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13,345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,052
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10,133

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Stephenson

    • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Seveneves

    • A Novel
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
    • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15,862
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,733
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14,728

    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • So Much Potential

    • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Cryptonomicon

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,707
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,668
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,693

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fixed!

    • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

    Regular price: $67.93

    • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

    • A Novel
    • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,589
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5,169

    From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really, really fun

    • By Lovisa on 08-05-17

    Regular price: $39.92

    • Anathem

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,898
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,666

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • well imagined, absorbing

    • By Josh on 11-10-08

    Regular price: $55.93

    • Reamde

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,707
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,888
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,930

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

    • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

    Regular price: $27.29

    • Quicksilver

    • Book One of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,117

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be aware of what you're getting into

    • By David on 12-16-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • King of the Vagabonds

    • Book Two of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Less Math Fiction, More Action

    • By Dale Hurtt on 08-28-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • By: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 913
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 807
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 818

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story - but

    • By Daniel on 10-01-12

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Odalisque

    • Book Three of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 855
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 858

    The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one-hundred fold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities - as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imp of the Perverse Embodied in Brilliant Fiction

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 10-28-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The System of the World

    • Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 894
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 696
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 698

    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So good, I want to start the whole series over

    • By Julie W. Capell on 01-03-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Currency

    • Book Seven of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 625

    Daniel Waterhouse finds himself embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint (and closet alchemist) Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imp of the Perverse Embodied in Brilliant Fiction

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 10-28-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Confusion

    • Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Length: 34 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 884

    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Confusion

    • By Mr on 11-07-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Solomon’s Gold

    • Book Six of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson (introduction)
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 879
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 665

    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with "Infernal Devices," or time bombs. Unbeknownst to Daniel, however, Newton has an ulterior motive: to wrest the Solomonic Gold from the control of his arch-enemy, the master counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great writing + fantastic performance

    • By Julie W. Capell on 12-31-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 2

    • By: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 362

    In the aftermath of the Mongolian invasion of 1241, beleaguered Christians struggle with the presence of a violent horde and a world turned upside down. Apocalyptic fever sweeps through Europe, infecting even the most rational individuals, leaving all to wonder if they are seeing the end times - or an hour when new heroes will emerge from the ruins of cataclysmic defeat.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Flawed but fascinating

    • By Carol on 10-13-12

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Interface

    • By: Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,046
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 834
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 838

    In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interface

    • By Dianne on 08-14-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3

    • By: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 337
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 306

    An untested group of Shield-Brethren initiates stand before the sprawling Mongol army in a bloody circus of sadistic violence, while a hardened company of their finest roam the desolate wasteland of the Mongol empire, wrapping their dead in blood-soaked soil and struggling to find the strength to fight even as they mourn. The warrior-monks, both in the East and the West, sharpen their swords for a final battle. The Khan of Khans must be slain if Christendom is to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This Book Rocks

    • By angelo on 03-15-13

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Zodiac

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Ax Norman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 660
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 472

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love that dirty water!

    • By Edie Snow on 04-24-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Big U

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    The New York Times Book Review called Neal Stephenson's most recent novel "electrifying" and "hilarious". But if you want to know Stephenson was doing 20 years before he wrote the epic Cryptonomicon, it's back-to-school time. Back to The Big U, that is, a hilarious send-up of American college life starring 30-year-old junior Casimir Radon.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting, very strange

    • By david on 01-06-15

    Regular price: $24.95

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