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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Singularity Sky Series Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781449844677
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Charles Stross’ “visionary” (Library Journal) debut novel Singularity Sky was hailed as “a carnival of ideas” (Michael Swanwick) and sealed his reputation as the writer who “owns the cutting edge of science fiction” (James Patrick Kelly). Now he moves beyond that horizon with his stunning sequel, Iron Sunrise.

When the planet of Moscow was annihilated, its few survivors launched a counter-attack against the most likely culprit: the neighboring system of New Dresden. But New Dresden wasn’t responsible, and as the deadly missiles approach their target, Rachel Mansour, agent for the interests of Old Earth, is assigned to find out who was.

And the one person who knows is a disaffected teenager who calls herself Wednesday Shadowmist. But Wednesday has no idea what she knows…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Hollywood thriller with a cyberpunk heart.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An intelligent mystery/space opera that relies as much on emotion and character as it does on hard science…Mainstream science fiction fans…as well as mystery readers looking to branch out, will thoroughly enjoy this fast, suspenseful adventure.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Stross shows that he’s a master of the novel form…, serving up compelling space opera and cutting-edge tech with a tasty dash of satire…Stross skillfully balances suspense and humor throughout, offering readers a fascinating future that seems more than possible.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stross improves on Singularity Sky with better characterizations and entertaining technological inventiveness. Fans of hard SF spiced by political intrigue will relish this dish.”

    Booklist

  • “Intellectual, clever, and thoroughly readable.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A 2005 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2005 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashryn | 2/20/2014

    " Charles Stross is my new favourite author. he's just brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 2/10/2014

    " A good follow up to Singularity Sky. A basic thriller set in a sci-fi backdrop. It is probably a bit more accessible to the general public than SS was. It left me wanting more Eschaton (Herman), Martin Springfield, and Rachel Mansour. The rest of the characters are pretty forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/9/2014

    " Engaging, interesting, and keeps one guessing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PABlo Bley | 2/4/2014

    " I couldn't put this one down! In fact, I was enjoying Stross' style of writing so much, I found myself repeatedly skipping backwards to instantly re-read passages that had the power to make me want to go back & milk a passage for even more details from somewhere in-between-the-lines. Talk about entertaining the reader with "what-if" possibilities. I now have a number of new references to add to the lexicon of near-future cyberpunk images in my experiences of that genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/31/2014

    " Hard to get through at points, but well-worth it and exciting the rest of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Hayes | 1/27/2014

    " Good read. Moved fast. Good character of the girl (a stowaway) running away from assassins. Enough mystery and intrigue to keep you turning pages, and enough action throughout to make it quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/21/2014

    " This sequel to Singularity sky is v. good, interesting and well developed characters, and good surprises in the plot. V. Enjoyable, But v. "adult only" in places. Rated R "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 1/18/2014

    " Not as much humor as it's predecessor and hence, not quite as fun. An enjoyable read nevertheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Landon | 1/4/2014

    " Not his best story. I prefer his humorous side to his "serious" side. Still, not so bad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damon | 12/30/2013

    " Second book from Stross in this milieu. Again non-stop action couples with great observations on culture, and tech. Most of Stross' books are a pleasure to read and contemplate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/16/2013

    " Some interesting ideas but too many threads and "primary" characters, too little time paid to either. Wednesday is cliched at best. The ending is unsatisfactory, a simple wrap up that deflates the larger ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/4/2013

    " Not quite as good as Singularity Sky, but still a better than average sequel. Terrific, harrowing part in the first half of the book describing a post-Singuarity WMD, and the many problems that result. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Sulea | 10/3/2013

    " A very intricate story in the space-opera vein. Intrigue, ultra-tech and space Nazis:) This book is the second of the Eschaton series and is well worth a read if you like your scifi hard and complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/13/2013

    " A great sci fi who dunnit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikey | 9/5/2013

    " Really cool sequel to Singularity Sky. I think I actually liked this one better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslita | 12/31/2012

    " Space opera sci fi. Well written and woven story with rounded characters, a 16 year old female lead character and grown up issues and dilemmas. It is not a real fast moving book but it builds steadily and tosses in lots of ethical considerations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/6/2012

    " Not quite as good as Stross's _Singularity Sky_, or _Glasshouse_, but entertaining. About the right speed for the middle of the night on a transoceanic plane flight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 7/28/2012

    " I liked this one much more than Accelerando, and liked some of the characters, but it still didn't warm me up much to this guy's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 9/24/2011

    " What an amazing space opera. If you like Asimov, Niven, Pournelle, Doctorow, you will really like this book. Wow!!!! Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Bodbyl-mast | 6/10/2011

    " My favorite all-time description of a super-nova, some thrilling hard sci-fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/24/2011

    " Good read. Moved fast. Good character of the girl (a stowaway) running away from assassins. Enough mystery and intrigue to keep you turning pages, and enough action throughout to make it quite interesting.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/24/2011

    " My favorite all-time description of a super-nova, some thrilling hard sci-fi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 2/1/2011

    " Sucked! Good concept at the start of the book, but then it seemed like Stross just phoned in the rest. Maybe the first one is better? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/4/2010

    " Hard to get through at points, but well-worth it and exciting the rest of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 9/14/2010

    " Excellent book! I particularly enjoyed the first chapter. Good whodunnit, good hard SF. I've enjoyed all the Charles Stross books I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 8/14/2010

    " A very intricate story in the space-opera vein. Intrigue, ultra-tech and space Nazis:) This book is the second of the Eschaton series and is well worth a read if you like your scifi hard and complex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libertyy | 7/12/2010

    " The fist half was difficult and stunted, but the pacing really went well about two thirds into the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 6/2/2010

    " Not as much humor as it's predecessor and hence, not quite as fun. An enjoyable read nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 4/8/2010

    " I was thinking this was the prequel to Singularity Sky, but it's the sequel. Because of this, the tech, politics, back story of the characters, etc., were very confusing. Anyways, it was a *very* enjoyable read.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/15/2010

    " Enjoyable. I like the mix of characters and he returns to them often enough that I'm not frustrated by the flipping POV. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 2/14/2010

    " This was a great sci-fi thriller kind of craziness. I read it a few years ago, so I can't remember much of it other than that I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels, including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn’s Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.