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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,099 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: Gideon Emery Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laundry Files Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9781440790928
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A Hugo Award winner and bestselling author, Charles Stross combines the best elements of science fiction and fantasy. In The Atrocity Archives, a lowly computer geek working for a secret British intelligence agency gets promoted to field service after accidentally saving lives in a disaster. Now he’s faced with saving the universe using only his smarts and a disembodied hand that renders him invisible. Stross’ award-winning novella, The Concrete Jungle, is also included. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s science fiction’s most pleasant surprise of the year.”

    San Francisco’s Chronicle

  • “With often hilarious results, the author mixes the occult and the mundane, the truly weird, and the petty…Wonderful fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Highlights Stross’ storytelling expertise and vivid imagination.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

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

    " Like chocolate and peanut butter, except insert Nazi-killin' for chocolate and Lovecraft for peanut butter. Sprinkle a generous dose of mathematical magic in and I don't know why I'm not re-reading it now... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 2/12/2014

    " Finally a writer who mashes up science fiction/fantasy with the tropes of the spy novel who makes it work. Admittedly, this is what publishers used to call a "fix-up". Multiple short stories by the author usually connected by a character or characters. In this case the character is Bob Howard drafted into Britain's The Laundry. You see Alan Turing's mathematics not only helped break Nazi codes during WWII they also breached the space between dimensions. By the early 21st century computers are used for summonings, and former IT Help Desk, and hacker, Bob has been drafted into The Laundry, the spook show that handles spooks (and the unnameable). Stross goes for the humor, poking fun at the civil service, civil servants, and the endless forms and paperwork they generate. At the same time we are treated to Bob who is very much the every man who manages to find within himself the resources to save the day. Unlike Simon R. Green's Eddie Drood Stross doesn't feel the need for exposition dumps or to throw the kitchen sink at the reader. And, very much unlike David Devereux's Jack Bob remains competent without having to be a bastard. Stross has two novels in this series and my biggest question is whether or not the short stories can transfer well to the longer form without becoming repetitious with the scenarios and escapes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/12/2014

    " Another books which has the ability to creep you out! Spies, magic, computers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Friedrich Haas | 2/6/2014

    " The unexpected hero, the functionary par excellence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 1/27/2014

    " This read is like Starbucks coffee. It's an acquired taste. And guess what? Starbucks and I are not friends. No amount of sugar or creamer could make me swallow this bland mix. Not for me~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/6/2014

    " Delta Green meets the Vogons from Hitchhiker's Guide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 12/2/2013

    " A fun book about a dysfunctional agency safeguarding reality from Lovecraftian horrors. Funny and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Radtke | 11/27/2013

    " (John LeCarre + Wargames (aka l33t hax3rz))H.P. Lovecraft = A blisteringly solid and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 11/21/2013

    " Good fun, even if the latter part of the first book descends into near incomprehensibility. As someone who's never picked up a Lovecraft or a Deighton, it kind of made me think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but set in the British Civil Service. Which, now I think about it, is a great idea.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 11/11/2013

    " It was a good story but not for everyone. Add a star if you're a fan of HP Lovecraft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Souther | 11/9/2013

    " The Dresden Files meets Dilbert. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip Grimshaw | 1/24/2013

    " This is a fun concept. Spy meets Horror meets Cyberpunk. Will definitely have to be picking up the rest of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Brimmer | 10/22/2012

    " Fun read, though prone to mythological-theoretical physics digressions of the fictitious variety. The afterward was interesting too. Not sure if I'll pick up the next in the series, but will give the author another go with one of his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan Langemark | 9/24/2012

    " A fast paced action/horror/comedy which kept me reading too late every evening. Five stars for being entertaining, not necessarily for being great litterature... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Beegle | 4/19/2012

    " Bethke's Headcrash and Stephenson's Snow Crash meet Lovecraftian horrors. Not something to take at all seriously, but a fun techno-thriller and horror novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 10/29/2011

    " Not too bad, although probably not something I'll re-read in the future. I'll probably follow up on the rest of the series. The mix of magic and technology (via mathematics) was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/14/2011

    " Cthulhu mythos mixed with espionage/adventure, the day to day with the occult, humor and lots of "geek speak" - it was enjoyable and different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 6/8/2011

    " I wanted some new sci-fi and got bit by a bad book.

    Bleh. Felt like I was reading a suped up (bad) version of Hitchiker's Guide for cubby hole office nerds. No character, B movie horror plot. "

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

    " Good read, if you like modern-day conspiracies with a helping of Cthulhoid influence in a British civil service organisation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/22/2011

    " I've never read much Lovecraft, and I'm not big into math, but this was still a pretty fracking good book. Onward to the next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/19/2011

    " It was a good story but not for everyone. Add a star if you're a fan of HP Lovecraft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stanley | 4/12/2011

    " First book of the "Laundry Series", and I plan to read more. Imaginative, horrorific, funny and very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 4/11/2011

    " Even when the main character is done saving the world, he still has to fill out his timecard and travel paperwork correctly and on time....bureaucracy at its finest. I loved this book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 4/10/2011

    " An enjoyable (really 2) books that kept me entertained throughout. Definitely recommended if you like geeky and quirky scifi/horror fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 4/5/2011

    " Loved this book. A treat to see a riff on Cthulhu Mythos so well done - just downloaded the follow-up in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.W. | 4/5/2011

    " After reading The Fuller Memorandum, I decided to go back and start at the beginning of the series. Still not sure this was it, but at least it shows where Harry and Mo meet. Interesting. Creepy. The atrocities are just that -- atrocious. "

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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

Gideon Emery was raised in England and South Africa, where he won the National Vita Award for Comedy and a Gold Craft Award for Voice-over. Now based in Los Angeles, he has appeared on such television series as 24, Burn Notice, Eleventh Hour, CSI:NY, and Moonlight. His film credits include Primeval, Train, and Takers. He is also an in-demand voice for video games.