The Trade of Queens: Book Six of the Merchant Princes Audiobook, by Charles Stross Play Audiobook Sample

The Trade of Queens: Book Six of the Merchant Princes Audiobook

The Trade of Queens: Book Six of the Merchant Princes Audiobook, by Charles Stross Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Merchant Princes Series Release Date: December 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427265777

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Longest Chapter Length:

35:41 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

36 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

24:47 minutes

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A dissident faction of the Clan, the alternate universe group of families that has traded covertly with our world for a century or more, have carried nuclear devices between the worlds and exploded them in Washington, DC, killing the President of the United States. Now they will exterminate the rest of the Clan and keep Miriam alive only long enough to bear her child, the heir to the throne of their land in the Gruinmarkt world.

The worst and deepest secret is now revealed: behind the horrifying plot is a faction of the US government itself, preparing for a political takeover in the aftermath of disaster. There is no safe place for Miriam and her Clan except, perhaps, in the third alternate world, New Britain--which has just had a revolution and a nuclear incident of its own.

Charles Stross's Merchant Princes series reaches a spectacular climax in this sixth volume. Praised by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman as "great fun," this is state of the art, cutting edge SF grown out of a fantastic premise.

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Twenty-first-century politics and high-fantasy intrigue make remarkably good bedfellows in Stross' Merchant Princes series. . . . The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words—it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real….. The Merchants' War is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment.

— on the novels of the Merchant Princes 


  • “[These books] are, first and foremost, great fun.”

    — Paul Krugman, New York Times bestselling author
  • “[These books] are, first and foremost, great fun.

    — Paul Krugman, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Unraveling on the novels of the Merchant Princes
  • If imagination is the key to success for a writer, Charles Stross has it in spades.

    — The Times (London) on the novels of the Merchant Princes
  • Raises the tension several more notches.... The action continues to be compelling, with the author throwing in new surprises every time the reader thinks the story's about to settle down for an easy lope through a world that many writers would consider sufficiently interesting to explore without searching for still more wrinkles.

    — Asimov’s Science Fiction on The Merchants’ War
  • The Clan Corporate is sure to please Charles Stross's growing body of devoted readers.

    — Mike Resnick on the novels of the Merchant Princes
  • Charles Stross, whose books burst with pop-science ideas, intrigue, strong characters and even romance, continues his Merchant Princes series . . . . Stross is an energetic writer . . . who creates page-turning reads.

    — Bookpage on the novels of the Merchant Princes
  • These books are immense fun, a sort of 21st-century version of the solid, thought-out costume sword-and-spaceship fiction that provided the enduring spine of science fiction entertainment .

    — Locus on The Hidden Family
  • Very successful—perhaps even successful enough to give Roger Zelazny’s Amber and Philip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers a run for their money. Yes, Stross is that good.

    — Analog on The Hidden Family

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About the Authors

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.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. 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.