Jean le Flambeur

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 866 ratings

The Quantum Thief Publisher's Summary

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy—from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turned-singularity lights the night.

What Mieli offers is the chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self—in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed. As Jean undertakes a series of capers on behalf of Mieli and her mysterious masters, elsewhere in the Oubliette, investigator Isidore Beautrelet is called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, and finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur….

The Quantum Thief is a crazy joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as MMORPG guild members. But for all its wonders, it is also a story powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge, and jealousy. It is a stunning debut.

©2010 Hanni Rajaniemi (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Quantum Thief

    • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 486
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 491

    Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy—from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Starts Confusing, Gets Exciting, Ends Awesome

    • By Matthew on 10-21-11

    Regular price: $22.67

  • Book 2

    • The Fractal Prince

    • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution. And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not. Jean de Flambeur is back. And he’s running out of time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Style makes up for minimal plot

    • By Ocean State Prime on 10-08-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • The Causal Angel

    • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    Rajaniemi's future is one in which quantum effects can be manipulated by the powerful to unknowable ends; an era in which some are gods and billions of others are enslaved for the processing power of their brains; where in the inner Solar System, the once-human Sobornost endlessly iterate themselves in vast, planet-sized guberniyas, while casually running experiments on the photosphere of the sun. In this world, Jean le Flambeur has broken out of a virtual prison and, later, into the mind of a living god.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor Narrator

    • By Paul on 07-17-14

    Regular price: $27.99