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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Doiron, Robert Charles Wilson Narrator: Henry Leyva, Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781427206787
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In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs. In Labrador, the Army wages war on the Dutch. America, unified, is rising once again.

Then out of Labrador come tales of the war hero "Captain Commongold." The masses follow his adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is...troubled. Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of the President's late brother Bryce--a popular general who challenged the President's power, and paid the ultimate price.

As Julian ascends to the pinnacle of power, his admiration for the works of the Secular Ancients sets him at fatal odds with the Dominion. Treachery and intrigue will dog him as he closes in on the accomplishment of his lifelong ambition: to make a film about the life of Charles Darwin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's like Margaret Atwood meets The Wild Wild West. SciFiDimensions
  • Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller. Stephen King

  • “Written with the eloquence and elegance of a Victorian novel, this thoughtful tale combines complex characters, rousing military adventure, and a beautifully realized, unnerving future.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Charming (if occasionally silly) post-apocalyptic western.”

    Washington Post

  • “Expertly handled prognostication with more than a touch of somber magnificence.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Astute, romantic, philosophical, compassionate, and often uproariously funny, Julian Comstock may be Wilson's best book yet Cory Doctorow

  • A 2010 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist
  • A 2010 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2010 Locus Award Nominee
  • Nominated for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2010
  • Nominated for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2010
  • Runner-up for John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Second Place, 2010

Listener Opinions

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

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted and old-timey story about the big bad future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 1/31/2014

    " Really, I enjoyed the concepts of the novel. Wilson provides a very believable scene. The flaw in the book is that the characters don't feel very deep. Given that it is told in first person, this is a glaring flaw. Sometimes the characterization of the narrator works - it's written from the perspective of an older man remembering a personal history - but often it comes off as a bit one dimensional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leilani | 1/23/2014

    " Loved the style of writing, loved the subtleties of character, loved the gradually unfolding history and the terribly plausible turns it took, loved the drama of the end and the glimmer of hope after it. There was nothing I did not enjoy about this book. (Except perhaps the occasional untranslated French sentence.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2014

    " This is an excellent book, well-written, that gives an interesting twist on the US and world ,at an era after all the oil in the world is used up, and after the False Tribulation, when the government and the Dominion of Jesus Christ rule,hand in hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 10/29/2013

    " One of the most intriguing narrating voices I have ever read. Adam Hazzard is extremely naive but also highly observant and detailed. Robert Charles Wilson is a master of understatement to be sure. The title character is also highly intriguing; his struggle with how to deal with the power thrust upon him is compellingly human. Julian's words and Adam's thoughts give reader a very intimate picture of the grayness of realty within a world we might otherwise tend to hate wholeheartedly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel Hembree | 10/15/2013

    " Another view of the world gone wrong a couple of hundred years from now. This one due to global warming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 txtrvlgal | 10/13/2013

    " Parts of the story were interesting but too often the story lost and contradicted itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 8/1/2013

    " not really sci-fi as it takes place in a post technology world. Sort of preachy, combining religious fundamentalist take over and feudal system america "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 6/2/2013

    " meh. I enjoyed some of the futuristic/sci-fi elements of this book, but found it to be a tedious war book. I guess I don't care for those. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erk1024 | 5/21/2013

    " Hugo award winner? You've got to be kidding. This is a wandering book, in which the conflict keeps tapering off. In places, the conflict peters out and the characters have nothing terrible important to do. At those points, the book is terribly slow. After that happened a few times, I gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eoin Purcell | 4/1/2013

    " Read this quickly while in LA and travelling home. It was less good then I had hoped principally because the characters (other then the narrator) were weaker and the plot thinner then I might have hoped. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 3/25/2013

    " ABANDONED. Read Fitzpatrick's War instead of this horrific Liberalgeddon terror fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rich | 8/20/2012

    " I've enjoyed many of Bob Wilson's novels but not this one. Too long, too ponderous, too full of obvious parallels. The new SPIN novel should be better. Gave up on this one after a hundred pages or so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel Tone | 8/10/2012

    " I couldn't finish it - it was just too tedious. I got about halfway through and the characters and the plot failed to entice me to continue reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kvon | 7/4/2012

    " I got about a quarter of the way through it before I had to return it to the library. Well written future 1800s-tech world, but it feels like a boys' tale, at least the first two sections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Robinette Kowal | 2/24/2012

    " A fantastic blend of futurism with a solid dose of 19th century tone. It's a really interesting combo and as a character story succeeds beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory (Nightwyrm) | 8/21/2011

    " Quite a well-written blend of an American future dystopia and Civil War perspectives. An enjoyable read, although the closing chapters seemed a little less well-handled than the rest of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonnie | 6/7/2011

    " My copy of this ebook was made available as part of the 2010 Hugo Voter's Packet as a part of my membership to the 2010 WorldCon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eoin | 5/13/2011

    " Read this quickly while in LA and travelling home. It was less good then I had hoped principally because the characters (other then the narrator) were weaker and the plot thinner then I might have hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamlynem | 4/10/2011

    " At first I was like "What's this? A Waterworld-type future dystopia only set on land instead?" This was a surprisingly gripping tale. Am looking forward to discussing it at book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/28/2011

    " Another excellent book by Robert Charles Wilson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/14/2011

    " There's not a link that says "gave up halfway through" so I had to mark it as read...but I totally gave up halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerah | 3/6/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted and old-timey story about the big bad future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 2/3/2011

    " So far I am intrigued by the concept of life after the oil age. Makes you think. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is an Edgar and Anthony–nominated author and editor-in-chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Doiron is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife.

About the Narrators

Henry Leyva, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio.

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.