Never volunteer for active duty...
Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. His world was dull and safe; but then he went and got Noticed. Now, Bob is up to his neck in spycraft, alternative universes, dimension-hopping terrorists, monstrous elder gods and the end of the world. Only one thing is certain: it will take more than 'control+alt+delete' to sort this mess out...
This is the first novel in The Laundry Files. This audiobook includes the short story The Concrete Jungle.
©2004 Charles Stross. Introduction copyright 2004 by Ken Mcleod (P)2013 Hachette Children's Books
"Tremendously good, geeky fun" (Telegraph)
'A WEIRDLY ALLURING BLEND OF SUPERSPY THRILLER, DEADPAN COMIC FANTASY AND LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR.' (Kirkus Reviews)
Computational Magic Spying
Bob Howard, the protagonist is the only really well described character in the novel and that's as it should be. It's in the James Bond format and it's through the perspective of this quirky and lovably flawed human that the spy story unnfolds.
To read a talking book in a way that enhances the story and doesn't conflict with the way you'd hear your inner voice is a tall order. Most narrators don't make the grade, or do so partially. Jack Hawkins' narration helps the book flow.
I like listening to a book while processing photos (it's my job). The combination of quirky details, wryly observed parallels to real-life operational and technical requirements and curveball prognoses from well researched facts meant I was able to listen to each section serveral times. That's rare.
Extra bonus - Stross' observations at the end
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