The Laundry Files

17 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,701 ratings

The Atrocity Archives Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Charles Stross (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • 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 2,053
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,800

    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

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    • 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 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    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

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  • Book 2

    • 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 1,024
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 878

    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

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    • The Jennifer Morgue

    • Book 2 in The Laundry Files
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Some agents have all the fun. Others save the world. Bob Howard is an IT expert and occasional field agent for The Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service that deals with occult threats. Dressed (grudgingly) in a tux and sent to the Caribbean, he must infiltrate a millionaire's yacht in order to prevent him violating a treaty that will start a war with an ancient underwater race.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I had so much fun

    • By Kari Hardersen Soós on 01-07-15

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  • Book 3

    • 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 969
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 863
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 868

    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

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    • The Fuller Memorandum

    • The Laundry Files, Book 3
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Bob Howard is an IT specialist and field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's secret service that deals with occult threats. Overworked and underpaid, Bob is used to his two jobs overflowing from a strict nine to five, and since his wife, Mo, has a very similar job description, he understands that work will sometimes follow her home, too. But when 'work' involves zombie assassins and minions of a mad god's cult, he realises things are spinning out of control.

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  • Book 4

    • The Apocalypse Codex

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 862
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 780
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782

    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

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    • The Apocalypse Codex

    • The Laundry Files, Book 4
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Bob Howard used to fix computers for the Laundry - the branch of the British Secret Service that deals with otherworldly threats - but those days are over. He's not only been promoted to active service but actually survived missions against cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions. Willingly or not, he's on his way up in this dangerous organisation.

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  • Book 5

    • The Rhesus Chart

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 827
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 755

    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 Rhesus Chart

    • A Laundry Files novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    London can drain the life out of you.... Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of the top-secret government agency known as the Laundry. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess - and deal with the witnesses. There's one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that's vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent, and you'll be laughed out of the room.

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  • Book 6

    • The Annihilation Score

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 560
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 515
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      4 out of 5 stars 515

    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

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    • The Annihilation Score

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Carolina Guthrie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Nobody does it better.... Dr. Mo O'Brien is an intelligence agent at the top-secret government agency known as the Laundry. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses. But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack, and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help.

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  • Book 7

    • The Nightmare Stacks

    • Laundry Files, Book 7
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 701
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 655
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 655

    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

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    • The Nightmare Stacks

    • A Laundry Files novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More of the same

    • By Michael Cahoon on 02-27-18

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  • Book 8

    • The Delirium Brief

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry's existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By Michael Cahoon on 11-04-17

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    • The Delirium Brief

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 540
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 498
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494

    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

  • Book 9

    • The Labyrinth Index

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

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