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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. T. Anderson Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780739339442
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He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the best of classical educations. Raised by a mysterious group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother–a princess in exile from a faraway land–are the only people in their household assigned names. As the boy’s regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians’ fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments–and his own chilling role in them. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A historical novel of prodigious scope, power, and insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Anderson carefully distinguishes between historical facts that inspired the novel and his highly imaginative and gothic fiction. This is a novel with many moods, each captivating, if often dark and eerie.”

    KLIATT

  • “Anderson’s imaginative and highly intelligent exploration of…the ambiguous history of America’s origins will leave readers impatient for the sequel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Young Adult Literature
  • Winner of the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marion | 2/16/2014

    " this was written by a visiting professor when my daughter was in grad school "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 2/8/2014

    " An impressive, admirable book, but not enjoyable for me. The language, supposedly historically accurate, drove me nuts, and I can put up with a lot of abstract poetic crap. Or at least I have in the past; it seems my patience is thinning. The heavy frame (four sections with roman numerals, fancy titles, epigraphs) and the different made-up manuscript sources weigh down the story. But I guess that's the point-- style is substance here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Brady | 1/29/2014

    " This book is historical fiction. But the only people who love it are fantasy-lovers. I love fantasy and I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 1/27/2014

    " M.T. Anderson tells a compelling story of an boy, raised to be a classical thinker, who also happens to be black in revoltionary America.Freedom is not such an easy word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/19/2014

    " What an amazing book! Learned about it from an 8th grader I was tutoring. Did not know what to expect. Am amazed at the author's ability to create historical fiction, placed in late 1700's Boston, that seems so authentic in voice and details. This novel provides a unique perspective on slavery, rational science, and the beginnings of the American Revolution. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim Trusty | 1/13/2014

    " The truth is, I haven't finished the book - I've just finished reading it. It's so bleak and so wordy that I've given up the will to live. May go back to it in time, as the language is so beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 1/13/2014

    " I picked this up sort of on the recommendation of John Green, who mentioned it in a vlog. The book, and the characters represented, was well-developed, detailed, and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the book's themes, and the transformation of Octavian, but it took me a long time to get into the language of the book. I haven't decided yet if I am going to pick up the next one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/3/2014

    " Because I was hurried in reading this book, it took me awhile to appreciate the writing and theme of this book. I did enjoy it, and appreciate it, by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 1/2/2014

    " Very interesting book, I will read the second in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 12/23/2013

    " I shouldn't put this on my "read" list because I couldn't get even twenty pages into it. Wordy, pretentious, boring. "

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

    " This was an amazing way to go back in time. I really loved this book and look forward to more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Stone | 12/15/2013

    " Bizarre yet wonderful. Very intense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eve | 10/8/2013

    " This was just OK for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 6/18/2013

    " A captivating and unusual book that I could barely put down. It's marketed for YA readers but the complexity of language and sometimes horrifying and tragic content lead me to think it's best suited for young adults who are already very engaged with books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 3/14/2013

    " This probably deserves four stars -- it's really well written -- but I was under the (mistaken) impression it was going to be science fiction, so unfortunately spent the whole book feeling somewhat cheated. Not the book's fault, but there you go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 saadia k | 8/13/2012

    " took me a bit to get into it, but i soon found myself completely rapt. i had no idea what i was in for when i began (but for some vague ideas), but found myself utterly moved and considerably inspired by the end. mt anderson: i am impressed! go multigenres! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Szabo | 3/30/2012

    " Not surprised this book won so many awards. I don't want to give anything away but you should read this book and try not to learn too much about what the book is about ahead of time. The plot unfolds so brilliantly it would be a shame to ruin it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 3/21/2012

    " I'm not sure "liked it" is the right choice for this book. It was disturbing and fascinating. Until about halfway through, I found it slow; after that, I found that I was caught, even though I still wouldn't necessarily say I liked it. But it was compelling enough I'm going to read the second one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny Johnson | 10/3/2011

    " I needed to read a chapter or two to become accustomed to the 18th-century language. This is not a casual read. But this is definitely worth the effort! A very powerful look at slavery and the Revolutionary War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 8/1/2011

    " This one had a lot of good buzz, but ultimately it fell a bit flat for me. It's well written, but I had trouble caring about anything and the story seemed to have little point. It doesn't help that the narration of the character's life changes halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/9/2011

    " such an unusual slavery story. i listened to the audio book, and i loved it! i couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to the rest of the story. "

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

    " Spoiler Alert for YA club...

    It's okay. Sorry kind of luke warm about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 4/24/2011

    " I actually really enjoyed this - it's so smart and so serious. The dialect took a lot out of me, though, and if you'd handed this to me ten years ago I'd have read two pages and then never looked at it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 4/23/2011

    " A work of genius, with a astonishing twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/20/2011

    " Although I don't care for the shifting point of view, I ended up liking the book. Would like to read the next book at some point just to find out what happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony | 4/16/2011

    " This was pretty good, just not captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/14/2011

    " Had me 3/4 of the way through, then a change in format and a less clear plot line caused me to lose interest and just want to be finished. No interest in continuing the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheekey | 4/5/2011

    " barf. i stopped reading it. did not like. "

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