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3.000237332384 out of 53.000237332384 out of 53.000237332384 out of 53.000237332384 out of 53.000237332384 out of 5 3.00 (8,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: China Miéville Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

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  • Winner of the 2011 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy | 2/7/2014

    " Odd and engaging story of the theft of a preserved giant squid from the British Museum and the apocalypses that the theft sets off. All of the twisted brilliance you'd expect, with a healthy dash of the impish humor from UnLunDun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dean Muscat | 1/29/2014

    " A giant squid, with its ten limbs and all its cephalopodic ink at its disposal, could not make such a mess of a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terri Light | 1/21/2014

    " To say that this would be similar to putting the Cthulu mythos and Bladerunner in a blender with a dash of the Vurt world and a sprinkle of Jasper Fforde and Neil Gaiman would only come within a mile of it. The story of a missing museum specimen giant squid, the interdimensional travelers and mancers and cults uncovered in this alternate London are terribly funny, mind-bending and horrific all at one go. Wry pop culture references and a witty audio performance of the text jumped this novel into my favorites (and I will go back and read the book in paper form at another go to absorb more levels and characters, something I like to do with favorites). Ready for the Squid Apocalypse? Give this one a read, and soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexa S. | 1/19/2014

    " This was a well-crafted story that managed to be both gripping and generally intelligent. (My general experience is that every time I read something by Mieville I learn a handful of new words, and this followed that trend.) Occasionally it tried to do a little too much at once, leaving me a little dizzy in its wake, and some might be a little put off by how thinly veiled a soapbox it tends to be for Mieville's political leanings -toward socialism and against authoritarian religion - but generally Kraken ticked the appropriate boxes for urban fantasy, science, cults, and London. Fun times had by all. "

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