Termination Shock: A Novel Audiobook, by Neal Stephenson Play Audiobook Sample

Termination Shock: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 15.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780063028081

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Longest Chapter Length:

76:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

28 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

26:25 minutes

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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

From Neal Stephenson—who coined the term “metaverse” in his 1992 novel Snow Crash—comes a sweeping, prescient new thriller that transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.

“Stephenson is one of speculative fiction’s most meticulous architects. . . . Termination Shock manages to pull off a rare trick, at once wildly imaginative and grounded.” — New York Times Book Review

One man—visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T. R. Schmidt, Ph.D.—has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?

Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all together in an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.

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“Edoardo Ballerini’s impressive narrative range is on full display…Other audiobooks like this might be forced to hire a full cast, but Ballerini is beyond capable. He slips from Texan to Dutch to Scottish voices within a few sentences…He juxtaposes his spectacular character work with a rock-steady third-person narration of complicated science data…Listeners will not mind spending 20-plus hours listening to Ballerini.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The rare climate thriller that's realistic…The kind of climate-change fiction we all need.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Deals brilliantly and innovatively with our era’s most pressing existential matter—while delivering stratospheric gigatons of carefully engineered delight.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Imaginative and utterly realistic.”

    — Bookbub


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

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About Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels.

About Edoardo Ballerini

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and multiaward–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year. He was named by Booklist as winner of their 2023 Voice of Choice Award, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in A Murder at the End of the WorldThe Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush, and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.