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Author: Jeff VanderMeer Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Borne Series Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781504779807
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In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company―a biotech firm now derelict―and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump―plant or animal?―but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts―and definitely against Wick’s wishes―Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.

But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin brings a haunting melancholy to VanderMeer’s enormous weird world, transforming what initially seems an outlandish dystopian tale into a deeply personal journey…Turpin…build[s] a palpable and audible bond between Rachel and Borne that makes this story gripping, unsettling, and thoroughly memorable.”


  • “Turpin’s memorable performance highlights the outstanding world building, lyrical prose, authentic characters, and richly layered story line. Turpin’s clear and thoughtful reading guides listeners through the book’s complexities, clarifying language and ideas and revealing its heartfelt center: What does it mean to be human?”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “Creepy and fascinating.”

    Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A thorough marvel.”

    Colson Whitehead, National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A story of loving self-sacrifice, hallucinatory beauty, and poisonous trust…[with] engrossing richness.”

    Washington Post

  • “May be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory…VanderMeer…outdoes himself in this visionary novel.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • "Borne…represents a high-water mark in an ascendant strand of science fiction, one that looks with a sharp eye toward a near future of ecological calamity, chaos, and monumental ethical battles.”

    Literary Hub

  • “Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game…Something more than just weird fiction: weird literature.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “VanderMeer is at the top of his game here, offering readers lavish and smart world-building full of wondrous and creepy ideas.”

    Library Journal

  • A BookRiot Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Incredible Books to Read This Spring
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book That We Loved
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick of Best of the Year So Far
  • Paste Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2017 (So Far)
  • Booklist Best Book of 2017 for SF/Fantasy
  • A 2017 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year selection
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017
  • Literary Hub Pick of 2017's Notable Books
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2017
  • A Boston Globe Book of the Year

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About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and in multiple anthologies. His recent books have made the year’s best books lists of Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Annihilation won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a Paramount Pictures movie by Alex Garland, starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. His other awards include World Fantasy Awards, Locus Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and the British Science Fiction Association award for nonfiction, France’s Le Cafard Cosmique, and Finland’s Tähtifantasia Award. He is the cofounder and assistant director of Shared Worlds, a unique fantasy and science fiction writing camp for teenagers

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.