Arm of the Sphinx Audiobook, by Josiah Bancroft Play Audiobook Sample

Arm of the Sphinx Audiobook

Arm of the Sphinx Audiobook, by Josiah Bancroft Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: John Banks Publisher: Hachette Book Group Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Books of Babel Series Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549168208

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:12 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

09:14 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:39 minutes

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Publisher Description

Senlin continues his ascent up the tower in the word-of-mouth phenomenon fantasy series about one man's dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world.

"One of my favorite books of all time" - Mark Lawrence on Senlin Ascends

The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin's lost wife continues.

Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel.

Time is running out, and now Senlin must choose between his friends, his freedom, and his wife.

Does anyone truly escape the Tower?

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What is remarkable about this novel, quite apart from its rich, allusive prose, is Bancroft's portrayal of Senlin, a good man in a desperate situation, and the way he changes in response to his experiences in his ascent.

— The Guardian on Senlin Ascends 


  • Bancroft's world continues to teem with explosive energy, and he ranges ably from the transcendent to the vicious in an instant . . . . This volume not only matches but adds to the notable achievements of the first.

    — Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • It's rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic. I'm wildly in love with this book.

    — Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising on Senlin Ascends
  • Senlin Ascends is one of the best reads I've had in ages . . . I was dragged in and didn't escape until I'd finished two or three days later.

    — Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns on Senlin Ascends
  • Senlin is a man worth rooting for, and his strengthening resolve and character is as marvelous and sprawling as the tower he climbs.

    — The Washington Post on Senlin Ascends
  • Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page.

    — Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names on Senlin Ascends
  • Senlin Ascends is an adventure rife with character, voice and beauty-a well-polished knife drawn out slowly.

    — Sam Sykes, author of The City Stained Red on Senlin Ascends
  • Senlin Ascends is a unique masterpiece. A brilliant debut. Highly recommended!

    — Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption on Senlin Ascends
  • With deceptive simplicity Bancroft brings this gothic place and its denizens to a colourful life...I loved it!

    — Adrian Selby, author of Snakewood on Senlin Ascends
  • This is fantasy storytelling of a high order.

    — The Toronto Star on Senlin Ascends
  • More than deserving of advance buzz and initial self-published success, Josiah Bancroft's Senlin Ascends is an early contender for year-end best lists, and a towering achievement in weird fantasy.

    — B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on Senlin Ascends
  • Senlin Ascends starts off with a bang, and it never slows down. With its breathtaking pace, this book will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

    — San Francisco Book Review on Senlin Ascends
  • A great fantasy!

    — Portland Book Review on Senlin Ascends
  • This is an exceedingly rich book. A depth of imagination married with a poetic turn of phrase and an engaging cast of characters conspire to deliver an epic story soaring high above the clouds.

    — Fantasy Faction on Senlin Ascends
  • Ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch.

    — Kirkus on Senlin Ascends
  • Like a blend of Kafka's The Castle and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast, Josiah Bancroft's ambitious first chapter in his The Books of Babel series is an impressive display of imagination and humor.

    — SciFiNow on Senlin Ascends
  • Brilliant debut fantasy . . . This novel goes off like a firework and suggests even greater things in the author's future.

    — Publishers Weekly, starred review on Senlin Ascends

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About Josiah Bancroft

Josiah Bancroft was a poet, college instructor, and aspiring comic book artist before he began to write novels. When he is not writing, he enjoys playing post-pop music with his band, Dirt Dirt, drawing chalk pictures on his office wall, and cooking pub curry for his wife, Sharon. He shares a home with her and their two rabbits, Mabel and Chaplin, in Philadelphia.

About John Banks

John Banks has worked in theater with companies including York Theater Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, and the National Theater in London. He has also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC. He has recently begun voicing a wide variety of characters in numerous audio-drama series.