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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,017 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Singularity Sky Series Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9781440714764
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Hugo Award winner Charles Stross delivers a brilliant space opera replete with groundbreaking concepts and energized by an imaginative vision of the future. In the twenty-first century, the perfection of faster-than-light travel and the rise of a prodigious artificial intelligence known as the Eschaton altered the course of humankind. Now, far off in the vastness of space, the technology-eschewing New Republic is besieged by an alien information plague. Earth quickly sends a battle fleet—but is it coming to the rescue, or is a sinister plot in motion? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book’s strengths include Stross’ considerable humor, his cutting-edge knowledge of modern science (he knows how a working interstellar vehicle would power up, and how quantum entanglement might be used to communicate faster than light) and a flair for moving things along.”

    Washington Post

  • “Stross, one of the hottest short-story writers in the field, serves up an energetic and sometimes satiric mix of cutting-edge nanotechnology, old-fashioned space opera, and leftist political commentary…Genereates plenty of excitement.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Formidably well-executed, especially the meticulous and imaginative portrayal of the New Republic and its Victorian technology.”

    Booklist

  • “Fasten your seat belt for the wildest ride in recent memory. Charles Stross owns the cutting edge of science fiction.”

    James Patrick Kelly, author Strange but Not a Stranger

  • A 2005 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2005 Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikolaj Habryn | 1/30/2014

    " The first time I read this book, many years ago, I found it hard going and didn't think much of it. This time I inhaled it in a single sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not quite sure why I'm not giving it five stars, since I can't think of anything bad to say about it - suitably firm SF themes, sympathetic characters, grand scope, it really has it all and a fun read to boot; I may just have some hangover from the first time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas Summers.Stay | 12/21/2013

    " I generally like Charles Stross and am interested in the idea of the Singularity, but I couldn't believe in any of the people, cultures, or technologies in this book. It's hard to plausibly extrapolate into the far future. But at least people will have similar motivations as they do today. It felt like the book might be a parody of itself. I preferred Halting State and The Atrocity Archives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah S | 7/31/2013

    " Endless repetitive infodump balanced with pages and pages of technobabble overwhelm the parts worth reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gar | 7/18/2013

    " Overall, I rate this a firm meh. Entertaining when nattering about space warfare and nanotech constructors, and points for a passing historical backstory of "what if the Singularity happens, and people aren't actually invited"? but then a one-two shot of a general lack of narrative velocity--instead it just has narrative skips--and characters by turn either cardboard or cartoonish. After this and Accelerando, I'm pretty sure I'm done with Stross. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 7/3/2013

    " Less subtle than Glasshouse, Singularity nonetheless trades in larger ideas and features an equally likeable cast. Stross understands the general ideas of post-singularity economies and makes them easy to swallow, while allowing ample space for your imagination to run wild in the galaxy he's created. Whereas Glasshouse feels more like a Robert Heinlein/Alfred Bester kind of jaunt, Singularity Sky tastes more like Stephen Baxter in scope, vision, and imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elroy Jetson | 5/24/2013

    " This a fantastic, well researched novel. Wonderful plot, compelling characters and incredibly well thought out details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Massey | 1/24/2013

    " One of Stoss's better books. The science was nicely done and supported the story without getting in the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 1/21/2013

    " Hmm, I read this out of sequence with Iron Sunrise and I have to say that the second instalment was better than the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 12/23/2012

    " A good story that moved along pretty well. It was in the same vein as Stross's other "Singularity" books, though perhaps more accessible than some. My only real complaint is that the conclusion seemed a bit weak, not leaving me feeling truly satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Chachu | 10/31/2012

    " Enjoyable SF, which combined elements of a thriller, with somewhat more philosophical discussions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/8/2012

    " I didn't care for all the jargon. I was planning to read some of his other books, but now I'm not sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 6/9/2012

    " An interesting book with some interesting social commentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Ingber | 2/5/2012

    " A little dense but excellent, exciting characters and storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/30/2011

    " Not quite as good as Strauss's other books. We see a fairly mild Singularity and a lot of Navy battle in Space. More entertaining than mindblowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 10/14/2011

    " Old school military space opera comes up against a post-singularity phenomenon and all hell breaks loose with two spies caught in the middle. Great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 8/26/2011

    " Predictable and flat in a lot of places, but a good "setting" book and overall quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 6/11/2011

    " Old school military space opera comes up against a post-singularity phenomenon and all hell breaks loose with two spies caught in the middle. Great fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 5/10/2011

    " This book and it's sequel, Iron Sun Rise, are completely fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 5/5/2011

    " Meh. I rarely read science fiction, and I guess this book reminded me why. Being a singularity nerd, I was hoping for a description of how it might take place. Instead, this is mostly a standard rocket ships and boy meets girl story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 4/10/2011

    " What would happen if you dumped free technology and information on a technologically undeveloped society? This book offers a possibility. I love Stross' writing style; he is smart, funny, and inventive. Read and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 1/7/2011

    " Enjoyable - not great - but a good old read. Will read more of his stuff - especially his Laundry series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/1/2010

    " The setting was very interesting and the book was a good read. In hindsight however it seemed lacking, the main characters were interesting but they mostly just observed the plot rolling along without ever realing being involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 10/26/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, particularly the idea of what would happen if everyone was given everything they wished for. I spent 30 minutes trying to track it down having not remembered either the title or the author so I think that should act as an edorsement as well :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gergana | 10/12/2010

    " I read it because I'm interested in the real theory of Singularity but here I felt something missing.The action kind of prevailed over the science fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels, including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn’s Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.