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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Maberry, Hannu Rajaniemi Narrator: William Dufris, Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition;Digital original Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jean le Flambeur Series Release Date:
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Jean le Flambeur gets up in the morning and has to kill himself before his other self can kill him first. Just another day in the Dilemma Prison. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is a currency, memories are treasures, and a moon turned singularity lights the night. Meanwhile, investigator Isidore Beautrelet, called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, finds himself on the trail of an archcriminal, a man named le Flambeur.

Indeed, in his many lives, the entity called Jean le Flambeur has been a thief, a confidence artist, a posthuman mind-burgler, and more. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his deeds are known throughout the Heterarchy, from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. In his last exploit, he managed the supreme feat of hiding the truth about himself from the one person in the solar system hardest to hide from: himself. Now he has the chance to regain himself in all his power—in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.

The Quantum Thief is a breathtaking joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people who communicate via shared memory, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as an MMORPG guild. But for all its wonders, The Quantum Thief is also a story powered by very human motives of betrayal, jealousy, and revenge. It is a stunning debut.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stellar debut.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rajaniemi has spectacularly delivered on the promise that this is likely to be the most important SF novel we’ll see this year.”


  • “The best first SF novel I’ve read in years. Hard to admit, but I think he’s better at this stuff than I am.”

    Charles Stross, award-winning author

  • “Spectacularly and convincingly inventive, assured, and wholly spellbinding: one of the most impressive debuts in years.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Absolutely incredible…Endlessly inventive and compulsively readable.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Outstanding…A storytelling skill rarely found from even the most experienced authors.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Winner of the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victor | 2/19/2014

    " Certainly worth reading, but I can't help thinking that this should've been a much meatier novel. We get glimpses of the enormously imaginative setting, but mostly _just_ glimpses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rob | 2/4/2014

    " Takes a while to get going, ends up quite good. I don't read a lot of harder sci-fi; it was a little hard to get past some of the made-up terminology since it's never really explained, but you learn to roll with it. Ended up enjoying it, but I did consider abandoning it once or twice. By the end there is some very cool stuff going on, plotwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave B. | 1/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, though it was often smug and infuriating in a lot of ways. Though if you go into it with the mindset of something that is unapologetically "cool", it can be a lot of fun, which is a feeling that a lot of current sci-fi lacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan Brian | 12/18/2013

    " Not the most well written but it is a stunning example of world building. It is also a book that appeals to the senses. This was the most fun read I've had in a while. "

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