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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455188635
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What would happen to the precarious balance of power if scientists could extend life for centuries? If one power bloc had biological protection against radiation and the other did not? Whose thumb would press the button first?

When Lyle Taney took leave from her teaching job to live high in the mountains, researching the ways of eagles, she was just planning to write her next book. Lasater was an unscrupulous, skilled operative who thought he could maneuver her as he pleased. He believed women were incapable of making ethical or moral decisions—and he was wrong. When the obscure government agent from an anonymous department tried to force Lyle to spy on her mysterious neighbors, she resisted. But the first step had been taken, involving her in a life-and-death struggle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant tour de force…serious science fiction skillfully blended with elements of the suspense novel. Behind the narrative loom the questions raised in the Faust legend and in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: are the dangers of unlocking nature’s secrets so great that limits should be imposed on the inquiring mind? And who is to decide?”

    New York Times 

  • “Johanna Ward reads this genre-crossing novel with panache and aplomb…Ward’s tense tone and excellent pacing build suspense as the story’s scope broadens.”

    AudioFile

  • “An excellent and thought-provoking read.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Enhanced by Wilhelm’s spare, limpid prose: a quiet…serious blend of SF, morality play, and global politics.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A compelling psychological drama…poses questions that have a clear relevance to today’s world.”

    Large Print Reviews

  • A 1984 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jannell | 1/8/2014

    " Interesting ideas, well presented. Decent reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/28/2013

    " Welcome Chaos is a thought provoking novel that prompts the reader to examine the way in which the world as we know it could become something else entirely in the blink of an eye. And there are no easy answers to the questions it proposes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 6/24/2013

    " Very little science fiction; mostly this is an 80's anti-war thriller with too much repetition, very casual sexuality and intellectuals making convoluted plans with too many built-in one-point failure possibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr.B | 3/29/2013

    " An interesting concept, if a little far-fetched. It's a bit of a mystery/spy thriller in the near future, with international intrigue centered around a serum accidentally discovered during the Third Reich--and I'm not giving away any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/14/2013

    " Thought this was a pretty good book. I think that it would make a good book club read as there were quite a few philosophical issues raised. I have enjoyed reading other Kate Wilhelm books and this was a different plot concept from my previous reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronica | 1/25/2013

    " really thought provoking book, although it starts out a little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Graff | 1/4/2013

    " As ever, Wilhelm has produced a better-than, more-serious-than usual near-future science fiction novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/8/2011

    " thought-provoking, and not as dated as one might think from 1985. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Clough | 1/27/2011

    " One of Wilhelm's great SF novels. It is great to see a master at work; this is very nearly a perfect science fiction novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eh?Eh! | 12/20/2010

    " fascinating story, a tv show is coming out/is already out that sounds like it lifted this book's plot, a "Wolverine" vaccine that will either cure you or kill you and nations in a race to obtain it from its creators "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julian Pecenco | 12/5/2010

    " Interesting but somewhat dated (It took me a while to realize it was written almost thirty years ago as the publication date on the audio version was quite recent.) Lame ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr.B | 10/2/2010

    " An interesting concept, if a little far-fetched. It's a bit of a mystery/spy thriller in the near future, with international intrigue centered around a serum accidentally discovered during the Third Reich--and I'm not giving away any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 9/25/2009

    " As ever, Wilhelm has produced a better-than, more-serious-than usual near-future science fiction novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronica | 7/14/2009

    " really thought provoking book, although it starts out a little slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 7/10/2008

    " Welcome Chaos is a thought provoking novel that prompts the reader to examine the way in which the world as we know it could become something else entirely in the blink of an eye. And there are no easy answers to the questions it proposes. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. 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 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.