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Station Eleven Audiobook

Station Eleven

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

Week Two: Civilization has crumbled.

Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan, a bystander warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife, Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend, Clark; Kirsten, an actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'.

Emily St. John Mandel was born in Canada and studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She is the author of the novels Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, The Lola Quartet, and Station Eleven and is a staff writer for The Millions. She is married and lives in New York.

©2014 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Andy 03/12/2016
    Andy 03/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "What if..."
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    Have just finished this a minute ago, and feel compelled to write my first review on here: Deep sigh; deep thoughts; it will stay with me a long while... This story and the narration have rendered me wistful and reflective. I am sad to say goodbye to this book. Survival is definitely not enough...The title and the thought of a post-apolcalyptic sci-fi story made me hesitate at first: Don't judge a book by its title! I'm so glad I ignored my hesitations and listened to this wonderful story - in two days! (My house is immaculate!) The title of course becomes clear in time and is completely fitting.Thoroughly recommended, will leave you thinking...what if...

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Steph Adams London, England 16/09/2016
    Steph Adams London, England 16/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Complex, compelling and consuming"

    The premise of the story is a sudden pandemic that wipes out 99.9% of the population. We follow the stories of some of the survivors in a complex tale of survival, loss and hope. The genius of this story is just how well the stories are interwoven, and there are surprising connections made.

    It jumps around time lines and characters but is never confusing and all the characters become compelling in their own way.

    It is also done in a surprising economy of words. This story could easily have been twice as long.

    The brevity adds to the pull of the story and keeps it absolutely focused on plot.

    I have a feeling I won't be able to stop thinking about this for a while.

    Highly recommended for fantasy/drama fans or for someone who wants to try something a bit different.

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    mr 28/03/2016
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    "Intelligent Sci Fi really well told."

    Firstly - it's a great story. It is a really fresh feeling Sci Fi with an engrossing female lead. It also has to be mentioned how good the narrator is. It might sound strange that I man is narrating a book with a female lead but it works very well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    tooplanx 07/05/2015
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    "Great book, Great reader."

    Loved it. Brilliant character development, interesting discussion of humanity and a reminder of the many things we take for granted in the modern world. Really well read too, which I've realised makes a huge difference to an audio book.

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    Norma Miles 09/09/2015
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    "A life, remembered, is a series of photographs...."

    It all starts with a single death, that of an aging, but much revered, actor, on stage during his performance of King Lear.it was a stroke or heart attack - natural causes, anyway. But behind the scenes a pandemic is growing, within weeks weeping away almost the entire population of the world. We are spared the gruesome telling of the deaths. Instead, the author weaves an intricate tapestry of lives before and after the depopulation event of people who at some point touched that of the actor, some intimately and others for only a few moments.
    This is an apocalyptic story like no other I have read. No zombies for a start. And almost without the graphic scenes of violence such a book would leave us to expect. Instead it is full of tensions, excitement, memories, friendships and fears of losing ones much loved. Of survival, too, and of hopes, dreams and a comic book. Because survival alone is not enough.
    This is a book which makes us aware of what we have and what could all be lost, what we value most, what we leave undone. And how, even in the worst of situations not only can still more be taken away but that there is also hope and comfort in the little things so easily overlooked in this, our present world of plenty.

    A wonderful book, beautifully written, skilfully crafted and achingly memorable, all perfectly narrated by Jack Hawkins. As with the novel, I cannot praise his performance more highly.

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    Andrew Chinnor, United Kingdom 04/10/2014
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    "Evocatively Portrayed End of the World..."

    Well not actually the end of the world, but the end as we know it. In my opinion Emily St. John Mantel writes about a terrifying (and yet wonderful and exciting* in its way) scenario brilliantly. The main characters - who's lives, past and present are intertwined in a series of flash backs and flash forwards - are well portrayed - and I cared about them. For once, an author who writes about "what if" as I think it really might be. Who considers the thoughts and feelings of people caught up in an event as huge as this. Initially numbed and shocked, but later somewhat desensitized. Well thought out consequences from the end of civilization as we recognize it. There are no zombies and only a little scary tension but this stands as one of my favorite books in the post apocalypse genre. Excellent!

    I'd love more in this genre from Emily St.JM because she captures it so well.

    Jack Hawkins' narration really is excellent - so much so I've started digging around to see what else he has been involved with.

    * - As a bit of a misanthrope who despairs at what I see as the overpopulation of Earth by mostly uncaring mankind - at huge cost to the natural world and environment - there IS something uplifting at the idea of a planet with a tiny fraction of our previous numbers. I'm conveniently ignoring the suffering which took place to make the transition to that point.

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    Martin London, United Kingdom 11/10/2014
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    "Interesting twist and good narration"
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    I was positively surprised by Station Eleven. I expected the story to be more like one of those apocalyptic tales: humanity ceases but some survive and found a new civilisation out in space. Station Eleven is nothing like that. The story follows a hand full of survivors back and forth in time and how they cope with the burdens of life before, during and after the outbreak. The pandemic however isn't the main subject, it's just a circumstance.
    I quite enjoyed the narration too, Jack Hawking has done a good job there.

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    Nick London United Kingdom 08/11/2016
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    "Beautiful, sad, gripping"

    A desperate, frightening world, beautifully but clinically rendered by the author, and made real with haunting understatement by the narrator.

    Cleverly interwoven timelines and cast of characters, snaking back and forth before and after the end of the world as we know it.

    Tension throughout, from the stunning opening to the bittersweet, hopeful conclusion. Never overplayed by Hawkins as narrator. A world that, now I've finished the book, feels like it's only a hair's breadth away, but one that's so staggeringly different from our own.

    Something for everyone here. Fantastic. Audible at its best.

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    Wras 18/08/2015
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    "“survival is insufficient”"

    "The more you remember, the more you've lost,"
    A book with a difference and lots of heart and thoughts to share with it’s readers, a pleasure to discover and visit in the magical safety of our time.
    Arthur Leander an aging actor; is the center of this book and the first death in a story where 99% of humanity dies of Georgia Flu within days of his departure. Jeevan, a one-time journalist turned trainee paramedic was there at his death and gets the news of the epidemic, 20 year on he is a curator of humanities artifacts. Kirsten Raymonde, an 8-year-old actress is also present at Leander’s death, 20 years later she is a performer with the symphony that travels the post apocalyptic world. This coincidences and synchronicities are the structure of the book and is a thing of beauty to see how well Emily St John Mandel has constructed this novel.
    This is a meditation of our now through apocalips, a celebration of the everyday miracles of modern life, like electric lights, planes, the internet, medicine and all the other things and comforts we take for granted. A remembrance of things not past but ignored because we have them. But it is also a reminder of how stars use to light up the sky, and how the the world was wild and beautiful but unforgiving.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Suswati 18/05/2017
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    "Thoughtful apocalyptic concept"

    This novel mixes an apocalyptic scenario with real life dramas from a bygone era. The various narratives are engaging and the back and forth stories knit together all the different subplots. The fact that it surrounds a troupe of performers with a past history in the Arts makes for a different kind of dystopian fiction.

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    "Loved it"
    If you could sum up Station Eleven in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling and thought provoking


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    I really enjoyed it and will probably listen again at some stage.

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  • Jonathan
    19/01/15
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    "Dullest apocalypse ever"

    Nothing new here from post outbreak reimaginings of recent films. I'm disappointed with this esp as it made top ten lists of 2014.

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