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Extended Audio Sample The Difference Engine (Unabridged), by William Gibson
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Gibson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. It is a prime example of the steampunk sub-genre; It posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines.

The fierce summer heat and pollution have driven the ruling class out of London and the resulting anarchy allows technology-hating Luddites to challenge the intellectual elite.

A set of perforated punch cards come into the hands of the daughter of an exicuted Luddite leader who sets out to keep them safe and discover what secrets they contain.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stuart | 2/15/2014

    " A genre-bending mix with a very original storyline, I think this gave rise to the term Steampunk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/1/2014

    " So much potential... so little payoff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by kate rev | 1/30/2014

    " It was alright; could have cut about 150 pages and it woulda been the same story. I think maybe I'd be more interested in reading the actual history; some of it left me being like "yeah but wtf actually happened". It was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Book Warehouse | 1/22/2014

    " A generation after the computer is invented in 1824, England is gritty, powerful, and on the edge of political upheaval, when a set of punch-cards arrives in London. No one knows what they do, except maybe the people willing to kill for them. As the cards change hands, the reader gets an intriguing, often thrilling tour of a nearly cyperpunk London, from horse races to programmer offices to the kinetic pictures. It's a fantastic what-if novel and the possibilities and repercussions don't end when the book does. "

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