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2.99995310888118 out of 52.99995310888118 out of 52.99995310888118 out of 52.99995310888118 out of 52.99995310888118 out of 5 3.00 (21,326 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: China Miéville Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The New Crobuzon Series Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780739384268
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New Crobuzon is a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. Isaac, a brilliant scientist, is asked by a bird-man Garuda to restore his power of flight. But one lab specimen threatens the whole city. A vividly colored caterpillar eating a hallucinatory drug grows in order to consume all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [A] phantasmagoric masterpiece . . . The book left me breathless with admiration. BRIAN STABLEFORD
  • China Miéville's cool style has conjured up a triumphantly macabre technoslip metropolis with a unique atmosphere of horror and fascination. PETER HAMILTON
  • It is the best steampunk novel since Gibson and Sterling's. JOHN CLUTE
  • Winner of the 2001 Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • A 2001 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2001 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • A 2002 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2002 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jrodman | 9/9/2015

    " The text of Perdido Street Station has problems of focus, and a lack of reasonable conclusion (the conclusion doesn't work well on any level -- an unhappy ending that made sense would be O.K.) But on top of that, John Lee's read doesn't do the text justice at all. There's plenty of heavily ornate exposition of space and place and smell in the text, but the overwrought speaking of it only makes it feel all the more off-putting. There also cases of getting the tone all wrong. The Ambassador of Hell's voice echoes sound ridiculous, the Construct Council's avatar's waver is annoying, as is the fight between the Handlingers and the Moths, completely failing to identify a scene climax, and repeating elongated sounds and screams over and over. Its a difficult text to do justice, and the strange otherwordly things like the Weaver or the Moths are a challenge, but John Lee does not come close to meeting the challenge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jrodman | 9/9/2015

    " Narrator so annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bretton | 2/14/2014

    " Amazing book, just takes a little effort to get through the first 1/3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/24/2014

    " Perdido Street Station started out a bit slow for me. It is at least partially due to how foreign the world of Bas-Lag, and how much information about the world/city/races/etc. needed to be conveyed. Once the base information was passed on, we got to the meat of the story and things started moving. In the end, I quite enjoyed the story and will be interested to read more of this world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/24/2014

    " Well, I read this as part of a book group read and I have to say that this was disappointing. Mieville was really creative in creating this unique world, but in my opinion he was in dire need of an editor. I've heard it said that this book reads like he sat w/ a thesaurus next to him the whole time, and I have to say that I agree with that analogy. Deep down, underneath it all, I think there's an interesting story and I pushed on to find out what happened. Once I got there, I had to ask myself "what the?" It really made me wonder if I could've made better use of my time reading something that I would enjoy? Sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Jewitt | 1/11/2014

    " Love this book so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tpring | 10/9/2013

    " It's brilliant and it will probably spoil a lot of the lesser (but not altogether awful) offerings of the genre for the rest of your life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 2/5/2013

    " I tried twice to read this novel because of Mieville's reputation, but it's just not happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Claypool | 1/15/2013

    " A compelling story of friendship & betrayal among a variety of sentient and pseudo-sentient beings, set in an elaborately fantastic sci-fi world. Each Mieville book I read makes me a bigger fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 10/31/2012

    " Too weird by half. Or maybe three-quarters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Tkacsik | 12/24/2011

    " Good book. Takes a while to get started. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Williamson | 6/23/2011

    " Fantastic piece of world building. The characters are fascinating and fairly deep, but nothing goes well for anybody. Sad, sad ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Reus | 4/6/2010

    " Sometimes a bit over-descriptive, contained some redundant and off-topic paragraphs or chapters (depending on what you want the book to be), but man, what a fantastic and tremendously strong ending. Also, the ambiance it portrays is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Finchnixer | 3/9/2010

    " Good concept, love the visual descriptions. I would love to see this made into a movie. "

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About the Author
China Miéville is the author of King RatPerdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award; The Scar, winner of the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award; Iron Council, winner of the Locus Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award;Looking for Jake, a collection of short stories; and Un Lun Dun, his New York Times bestselling book for younger readers. He lives and works in London.
About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.