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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Halting State Series Release Date:
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The year is 2012, and China, India, and the United States are waging an infowar for economic domination. With innocent gamers mere pawns in the hands of electronic intelligence agencies, programmer Jack Reed is tasked with ferreting out the plot of those who would gladly trade global turmoil for personal gain.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He displays a knack for turning outrageously improbable speculation into certainty in this fast-paced, skillfully constructed computational mirror-maze.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Stross’s fast-paced sci-fi techno-thriller shows promise as a series opener.”

    Library Journal

  • “This brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller spreads a black humor frosting over the grim prospect of the year 2012…Stross creates a deeply immersive story, writing all three perspectives in the authoritative second-person style of video game instructions and gleefully spiking the intrigue with virtual Orcs, dragons and swordplay. The effortless transformation of today's technological frustrations into tomorrow's nightmare realities is all too real for comfort.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As keenly observant of our emergent society as it is our emergent technologies, Halting State is one extremely smart species of fun.”

    William Gibson, New York TImes bestselling author

  • A 2008 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2008 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Travis Allison | 1/24/2014

    " Brilliant Book! Stross has now been added to my top 5 authors. Set in Scotland, great accents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Levi Tinney | 1/14/2014

    " An excellent, plausible tale about the future of ARGs, augmented reality and MMORPGs. Very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tad Deshler | 12/22/2013

    " This is the fourth book I've read this year set in part in the gaming universe (the others are Reamde, Ready Player One, and Daemon, in case you're wondering). This one certainly dove deep into technobabble, which was sometimes a bit hard to follow, but only if you were really trying. There isn't really a need to understand it all - just let it wash over you. I also enjoyed the various Scottish colloquialisms. The story moves along at a pretty brisk clip. It is sometimes hard to figure out who is who and what their game is, but again this is not strictly necessary. You can just let it wash over you and you'll have a fun ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 12/4/2013

    " This was the longest book written in second person that I have ever read. It switches between the point of view of three different intertwined characters, while looking at the possible future of the integration of computer worlds and real life in a realistic context, while combining all of that into a bank heist and spy novel that actually works. "

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