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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (774 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Beukes Narrator: Nico Evers-Swindell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781441868206
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What’s really going on? Who's really in charge? You have No. F***king. Idea. In the near future, an art-school dropout, an AIDS baby, a tech-activist, and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone’s got to stand up to Government Inc.—whatever the cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of unselfconscious spiky originality, the larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk.”

    Charles Stross, author of Accelerando

  • “This fast-paced sci-fi trip has intriguing characters, big ideas, a new lexicon…and serves as a global warning.”

    GQ

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt Piechocinski | 2/20/2014

    " I REALLY wanted to like this book ... the premise, what little there was seemed great, and if you get endorsements from William Gibson, the godfather of the genre you're writing in, your book simply must be great, right? Wrong. Beukes had a lot of great ideas, and 4 compelling characters, but what she didn't have was a plot. She had these four people go along in their lives, and threw them all together Traffic style in the last 50 pages. I felt this book was a real struggle to get through, but I also think Beukes was socially commenting on assorted issues, she just kinda had no point. But maybe that's the pitfalls of coming from journalism and writing your first work of fiction. I'm actually looking forward to Zoo City, her next book. Hopefully that has a better payoff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/15/2014

    " I wanted to like this more than I did. I kept getting confused by the shifting perspectives. Maybe this is because I was reading in spread out spurts instead of a few long sittings. It's not it, it's me! Will still read more of her books as they come out (already have Zoo City). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 2/11/2014

    " I loved the idea behind this story. It's constant online connection taken to its extreme form showing just how clear the divide between the haves and have-nots is. In a utopian society, everyone would have free and easy access to the internet. In this society, access is determined by your social class and your social class, in turn, determines your access. People working for the corporations stay in their corporate areas with their high-tech gadgets and are well insulated from the problems the rest of their society faces. The middle-class have--and need-their phones for everything from communication to purchases to access to different societal spaces (and that access is limited when compared to that of the corporate class). And people without phones are the lowest of the low, unable to even access certain physical spaces. Throw in branding, activism, terrorism, and some corporate headhunting that might end in death and you've got Moxyland. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Freise | 2/5/2014

    " This book was so disappointing. It started out slow and when it finally picked up, it dead ended. It's almost like the author got bored with writing and just wanted it to be over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E J Frost | 2/2/2014

    " Wonderful, really out-there spec fic set in South Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey | 1/22/2014

    " The greatest strength of the book is that it skirts the cutting edge of plausibility: everything could happen and the world feels so real and vibrant and rooted that I was sucked in completely. Dystopian fiction usually reads as more abstract, more fantastic but this vision of the future is the one brought to you by all good retailers and the people (the kind that queue up outside Apple stores) will be complicit. It's ugly and brilliant and expertly realised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dug Steen | 1/20/2014

    " This is the closest to good, old-time cyberpunk that I've read in quite some time. I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, and this is what started it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sc | 12/23/2013

    " Good cyberpunk sensibilities, rather irritating characters but entertaining story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiah | 12/22/2013

    " This book zooms! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaije | 12/18/2013

    " Not quite as good as Zoo City, but still, really, really, good. I do so love a good dystopia. "

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

    " A pretty good Cyberpunk style novel with all the expected ingredients, technology, opression, conspiracy... dystopia. Not a very distant future and not particularly techno or geeky so a reasonably easy read for the genre. Nothing particularly revelationary but competently written and well paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Clark | 11/24/2013

    " Good but derivative of earlier cyberpunk works; feels familiar despite happening in a different milieu "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/15/2013

    " A fresh, updated look at cyberpunk for the 21st century. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 10/11/2012

    " It was good. Took me a while to catch onto the lingo both future speak and the South Africa references, but good brain candy. A dystopian future awaits us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Caselberg | 9/20/2011

    " Enjoyed this a lot. Quintessentially South African, but that is not a bad thing, as it was ultimately the novels intention. I would definitely read more set in this milieu. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zac | 9/10/2011

    " This was up for a Campbell, though it (she) didn't win. I like the story and the scene, but the writing style and diction were a bit... off-putting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaije | 8/22/2011

    " Not quite as good as Zoo City, but still, really, really, good. I do so love a good dystopia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/19/2011

    " Good but derivative of earlier cyberpunk works; feels familiar despite happening in a different milieu "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dug | 8/2/2011

    " This is the closest to good, old-time cyberpunk that I've read in quite some time. I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, and this is what started it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izelle | 7/29/2011

    " I'm very impressed by this novel. It creates a truly funky dystopia with Cape Town as a background. Somewhere between satire and science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 7/26/2011

    " I wanted to like this more than I did. I kept getting confused by the shifting perspectives. Maybe this is because I was reading in spread out spurts instead of a few long sittings. It's not it, it's me! Will still read more of her books as they come out (already have Zoo City). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 6/24/2011

    " I've totally fallen in love with Lauren Beukes. Like Zoo City, Moxyland is set in a not-too-distant South Africa. She populates this tech-obsessed world with 4 great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 5/30/2011

    " Enjoyed this a lot. Quintessentially South African, but that is not a bad thing, as it was ultimately the novels intention. I would definitely read more set in this milieu. "

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