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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hugo Award–winning author Charles Stross delivers “credible and bold SF” (Science Fiction Weekly) that continually pushes the boundaries of the genre. Glasshouse is a Kafkaesque tale in which a man, Robin, awakes in a clinic with severe memory loss. Finding himself targeted by a deadly opponent, Robin takes a calculated gamble and volunteers to be one of the subjects of an unusual study in the Glasshouse. But once there, he finds that the true terror has only begun.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stross is peerless…It’s one nightmarish panopticon that Stross has built here, and I can think of no greater testament to its effectiveness than my own relief at having been liberated from it.” New York Times Book Review
  • “Brilliant…With nods to Kafka, James Tiptree, and others, Stross’ wry SF thriller satisfies on all levels, with memorable characters and enough brain-twisting extrapolation for five novels.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Stross turns in another bravura performance with a fanciful glimpse at life in the twenty-seventh century…Stross amusingly recasts our own era into one of the ‘meaningless customs’ while blending suspenseful action with inventive, futuristic technology.”


  • “Hugo Award winner Stross takes an original and often playful approach to his visions of the future. He examines questions of identity, gender, and the human condition in the context of the SF thriller.”

    Library Journal

  • “A perfectly tuned combination of gravitas and glee (the literary/cultural references are a blast). Stross’ enthralling blend of action, extrapolation, and analysis delivers surprise after surprise.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2007 Locus Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2007 Prometheus Award
  • A 2007 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee
  • A 2007 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cameron | 2/19/2014

    " Okay, Britt and Josh. Okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stuart | 2/18/2014

    " Glasshouse was one of those books that managed to paint a picture of a distant future that made our present day look like the middle ages. What made the book most appealing was not the technical wizardry that was at the core of the book but the romantic arcing story line that was just buried below the surface. I am not a reader of romantic fiction as such, but the love the main character felt for one of his fellow travellers was so compelling I finished the book with a lump in my throat. In case people are reading this thinking, but what about the sci fi, it was there by the bucket load. If you are purely looking for a romantic tale then the science will baffle you, at times the science nearly baffled me, that was the point of the novel it was set so far in the future the economics, the medicine the society we take for granted just did not apply, science had evolved us to such a state. The biggest surprise of the novel was how satirical it became, to the extent I laughed aloud at times. There are some disturbing scenes of domestic violence and vigilantism, but I feel they worked, as they were important to the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie Revell | 1/29/2014

    " Not, perhaps, one of Stross' best novels, although its perfectly enjoyable. It starts out rather slowly, but builds up as it develops (indeed, the ending is, if anything, rather rushed). Some interesting ideas, of late 20th century western civilisation viewed through the eyes of a very different culture in the far future, as well as questions of identity, given the viewpoint character's near total amnesia about his past life. But, on the whole, it fell a little short of some of the best of Stross' work... perhaps there's just too much background to set up in terms of the viewpoint culture and its history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mia | 1/24/2014

    " Another really fun read. If there were half-points, I'd have given this a 4.5 -- not a 5 though, because of a few noticeable flaws. There are times when there's a little too much of a deus ex machina (via machina ex machina?) quality to the solutions, but they are used to good effect, you only kind of see them coming. "

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