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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cory Doctorow Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739372869
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Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful, important book…I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year, and I’d want to get it into the hands of as many smart thirteen-year-olds, male and female, as I can. Because I think it’ll change lives. Because some kids, maybe just a few, won’t be the same after they’ve read it. Maybe they’ll change politically, maybe technologically. Maybe it’ll just be the first book they loved or that spoke to their inner geek. Maybe they’ll want to argue about it and disagree with it. Maybe they’ll want to open their computer and see what’s in there. I don’t know. It made me want to be thirteen again right now, and reading it for the first time.”

    Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion.”

    Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An entertaining thriller…Little Brother is also a practical handbook of digital self-defense. Marcus’s guided tour through RFID cloners, cryptography, and Bayesian math is one of the book’s principal delights…Little Brother is a terrific read, but it also claims a place in the tradition of polemical science-fiction novels like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 (with a dash of ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’).”

    New York Times

  • “This novel brims with new and evolving technology, which may fascinate some readers and bog down others. But the well-integrated explanations, plot twists, humor, and romance between Marcus and a “h4wt” (translation: “hot”) geeky babe will keep this thriller humming along even for techno-duhs. Cory Doctorow tackles timely issues, including the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security. Hopefully, teens will pass this cautionary tale on to parents, teachers, and government officials.”

    Washington Post

  • Little Brother is generally awesome in the more vernacular sense: It’s pretty freaking cool…A fluid, instantly ingratiating fiction writer…He’s also terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Doctorow throws off cool ideas the way champagne generates bubbles…[He] definitely has the goods.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco…Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions…within a tautly crafted fictional framework.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers will delight in the details of how Marcus attempts to stage a techno-revolution…Buy multiple copies; this book will be h4wt (that’s ‘hot,’ for the nonhackers).”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Marcus is a wonderfully developed character: hyperaware of his surroundings, trying to redress past wrongs, and rebelling against authority…Raising pertinent questions and fostering discussion, this techno-thriller is an outstanding first purchase.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Winner of the 2009 Prometheus Award for Best Novel
  • A 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2009 White Pine Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2008 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2012 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • Winner of the 2009 Sunburst Award for Young Adult
  • A 2009 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2009 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 2008 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Carpenter | 10/11/2017

    " Cory Doctorow has written a superbly up-to-date story, even in 2017, that is engaging as much as it is frightening. This is not a "stand around and talk" novel, it's an action novel. Not car races or that old tired thing. It's a race between the loss of our freedoms and the fight of a few to reject and repeal that loss. Or at the very least, expose it for what it is. Marcus is 17 and is the main character of the story. He has a handful of close friends who go through unbelievable (yet fiction is like life in this case) experiences together, yet apart, when their home town, San Fransisco, California is bombed by terrorists. What none of them expected was that they would be suspects. When Marcus and all but one of his friends are finally let out of some terrifying prison, and realize that they are missing one of their friends, they react differently as to what they should do next. Regardless of what his closest friends do, Marcus cannot sit and do nothing. His closest buddy is still locked up in some mysterious place. Marcus intends to get him out and a whole lot more. "

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About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and author science fiction and nonfiction. His writing has won numerous awards, including three Locus Awards, two John W. Campbell Awards, three Prometheus Awards, two Sunburst Awards, the White Pine Award, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, among others. He has served as Canadian regional director of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is coeditor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician, actor, and multiple award–winning audiobook narrator. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.