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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Merchant Princes Series Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781427262851
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In the tradition of Roger Zelazny’s classic Amber novels, the second volume of Charles Stross’ thrill-a-minute saga of multiple worlds

Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate world relatives in The Family Trade, and with them an elite identity she didn’t know was hers. Now, in order to avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam, known as Lady Helge to the Family, starts applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade dominated by mercantilists—with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family.

Charles Stross is one of the big new SF writers of the twenty-first century, and the saga of the Merchant Princes is his most ambitious work yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charles Stross brings info-tech philosophy to the world of fantasy…Stories unfold across three worlds that are brought to life with humor-laced action.”

    Denver Post

  • “It’s an obvious homage to Zelazny’s Amber series, but I like it a good deal more.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • The Hidden Family is a festival of ideas in action, fast moving and often very funny, but underpinned by a rigorous logical strategy…Stross’ breezy, almost Heinleinian mode of narration is on fine display in The Hidden Family.”


  • “Miriam Beckstein, a.k.a. Countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth of the Clan, finds her own world to conquer in this fast-moving sequel to The Family Trade…Stross continues to mix high and low tech in amusing and surprising ways…[he] weaves a tale worthy of Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Charles Stross

Charles Stross, author of Accelerando, Halting State, and Rule 34, is hailed as one of the most original voices in modern science fiction. His short fiction has won multiple Hugo and Locus awards. He lives in Edinburgh.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.