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Author: Neal Stephenson Narrator: Kevin Pariseau, Simon Preble, Simon Prebble, Stina Nielsen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Baroque Cycle Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780060798055
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Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox.

And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance.

A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time.

And it's just the beginning ...

Performed by Simon Prebble and Stina Nielsen

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Quicksilver] explores the philosophical concerns of today…through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Genius…You’ll wish it were longer.”


  • “Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.”


  • “An astonishing achievement.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “A sprawling, engrossing tale.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Dense, witty, erudite…and gripping…a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called serious fiction.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Often brilliant and occasionally astonishing…[Quicksilver] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.”

    Book World

  • “[Quicksilver] is a rare thing: a thousand-page book that you don’t want to end.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “An awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes…and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A 2003 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2004 Locus Award Nominee

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About the Author

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.

About the Narrators

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

Stina Nielsen is an actress and audiobook narrator. Her reading of Kevin Henke’s Junonia earned her a 2011 Best Voice from AudioFile magazine. She is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.