Publisher's Summary

You think you know how the world works? Think again.
From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
England, 1851.
The Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace has opened, celebrating the rise of technology and commerce. With it the power of magic - in decline since the industrial revolution began - is completely snuffed out. The existence of magic begins its gradual devolution into mere myth.
America, 21st century.
Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.
After translating a series of ancient texts, Melisande and Tristan discover the connection between science, magic and time travel, and so the Department of Diachronic Operations - D.O.D.O. - is hastily brought into existence. Its mission: to develop a device that will send their agents back to the past, where they can stop magic from disappearing and alter the course of history.
But when you interfere with the past, there's no telling what you might find in your future....
Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterise all of Neal Stephenson's work, and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humour of Nicole Galland's storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realised work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible and take you to places - and times - beyond imagining.
Full cast of narrators includes Robert Fass, James Foster, Tavia Gilbert, Arthur Morey, David Stifel, Charlie Thurston, and Kate Udall.
©2017 Neal Stephenson; Nicole Galland (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

Praise for Neal Stephenson:
"Genius." ( Time)
"He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin." ( The New York Times)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)
"[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway.' ( Newsweek)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Matt Petersen on 09-02-2018

Slow slow slow. I just couldn't get into it.

Very long and slow. It just seemed to go around in circles and was predictable. Yawn

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joe Bond on 27-08-2017

Best Vocal Performances Yet!

A lot of thought and effort was placed into this publication and its voicing. An interesting story carefully produced carefully to bring it to life unlike any other audio book I've heard thus far

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4 out of 5 stars
By Derek R. on 12-05-2018

Neal Stephenson book

In the style of all other Neal Stephenson books. By that I mean Interesting ideas, cool bits of detail, a wide mix of characters, and a ending that falls apart.

A good read but no real closure.

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3 out of 5 stars
By mohamed on 24-02-2018

Meh

The story does not justify the length of this audiobook. Some chapters were just too hard to follow

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrea Kennedy on 21-07-2017

What do I do now??

I so enjoyed this book. the storyline was fantastic, with twists and turns and jumps back in time but I was still comfortably able to keep up! The performance was excellent and I enjoyed everyone of the narrator's characters. How on earth, does someone come up with this kind of storyline? I'm so impressed. It's a little bit like Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series but, in my opinion, more enjoyable because of the full cast performance. I am now wondering what on earth, I will do to fill my limited spare time. I'm not convinced I will find a book as good as this again!

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4 out of 5 stars
By mazzz on 11-07-2017

Intriguing concept

Belief needs to be suspended from Chapter 1 reader. Amusing characters, plot excellent overall, but with a few, ' now what are you doing that for?' moments. Nicely narrated and the Grainne character really well written and read.

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