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by | Read by William Dufris, Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, Neal Stephenson

Science Fiction • 34 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

In a sanctuary in another universe, scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians are protected from the outside world. The parallels to a cloister are accentuated by the music introducing each chapter, which is reminiscent of Gregorian chant—but different. Similarly, this world is like Earth, and the culture is like Western culture on Earth—but different. A lover of wordplay, Stephenson precedes each chapter with a definition, which he reads. This book is not for the faint of heart, but William Dufris and the rest of the cast make the audiobook a good option. Dufris is stalwart in his engagement with the characters, the plot, and the development of the cosmology. He brings out the characters' personalities and creates a sense of wonder as the complexities unfold. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2009]



Trade Ed. • Macmillan Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 978-1-4272-0509-2 $69.95 • Twenty-eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2008

CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5639-2 $139.95 • Twenty-eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9780792757559 $84.95 • Three MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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