Autonomous: A Novel Audiobook, by Annalee Newitz Play Audiobook Sample

Autonomous: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781427290731

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Longest Chapter Length:

51:43 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

42 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

25:06 minutes

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Publisher Description

From award winning tech-journalist and io9 founder Annalee Newitz comes a highly anticipated science fiction debut! Autonomous will pull listeners into a dark and dirty world that feels, at times, a bit too familiar. Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

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The uncertainty, fear, rage, despair, and, ultimately, hope that the robots experience are all perfectly voiced by [Jennifer] Ikeda. A thrilling examination of intellectual property rights and personal identity.

— AudioFile 


  • Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award
  • Nominated for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Among shortlisted titles for Lambda Literary Award - Nominee, 2018
  • Among shortlisted titles for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2018
  • Among longlisted titles for Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2017
  • Nominated for Nebula Awards - Nominee, 2018
  • Winner of Lambda Literary Awards - Winner, 2018
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2017
  • Among longlisted titles for Northern California Book Award Master List, 2018

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About Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is the founding editor of the science website and a journalist who has written for such publications as the Washington Post, Wired, and Popular Science. She is the editor of the anthology She’s Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Geeky Stuff and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She lives in San Francisco.

About Jennifer Ikeda

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.