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4.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 5 4.43 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Stephenson Narrator: Ax Norman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781427210036
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Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil - all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

Before long, Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roomate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party.

As he navigates this ecological thriller with hardboiled wit and the biggest outboard motor he can get his hands on, Taylor reveals himself as one of the last of the white-hatted good guys in a very toxic world.

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  • The characters are entertaining, if broadly drawn, and the rip-roaring conclusion will make a dandy denouement in the movie rendition. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/7/2011

    " Very entertaining book. I actually read this book in one day, and just couldn't put it down. This is an early Stephenson book, and you can definitely see his style developing which matured in Cryptonomicon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/28/2011

    " Straight-forward environmental action. Not particularly instructive, outside of teaching me about the difference between ionic and covalent chlorides, but very exciting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amybriggs | 3/3/2011

    " This was a really fun read. Fast-paced, witty, laugh-out-loud at moments. Stephenson sure is a pleasure to read. Nothing overly deep, but a very good eco-thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jadelotus02 | 2/26/2011

    " It's been a while since I've read this, but it's one of the few sf books that made me laugh out loud. It may have lacked the flat-out brilliance of "Snow Crash" but more than made up for it in humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 1/12/2011

    " This is my favorite book without contest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katen | 11/28/2010

    " Loved this one too! My first eco-novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 9/24/2010

    " Fast! And totally my kind of guy. And I would read it again. and ... like lots of good books, makes me look at the world in a different way. :)

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About the Author
Author Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.