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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Audiobook

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

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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

What the Critics Say

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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    gemma dawe 17/07/2017
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    started out quite interesting but got quite boring with all the memos and reports that really did nothing to help the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Kennedy 21/07/2017
    Andrea Kennedy 21/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mazzz 11/07/2017
    mazzz 11/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    What disappointed you about The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.?

    This book would benefit by being cut by about a third. Whole middle section plodded along introducing more and more detail, which did not drive the story anywhere. If I was not on a long flight (5 hrs there, 5 hrs back) I may well have given up, but felt compelled to get to the end as I had committed so much time already


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland ’s story?

    Great concept but the narrative did not engage and after a while I did not believe or care about the characters.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Narration was fine.


    What character would you cut from The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.?

    Too many characters were introduced and none of them really developed fully


    Any additional comments?

    I have read\listened to nearly every Neal Stephenson book and enjoyed them all, but this was dull work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colin 07/07/2017
    Colin 07/07/2017
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    "A strange book"

    Too many 'lists' of facts, dates and times. Got a bit mills and boom in places. And didn't really go anywhere. The Irish 16th century whore was very funny talking about Will Shakespeare.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 18/06/2017
    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 18/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "The DODO may not be extinct just yet!"

    The Fall and Rise of D.O.D.O. is one hell of an audiobook.  It delivers its story through the medium of journals, documents, social media postings and conversational transcripts with a varied cast of narrators each adding their own style to their particular sections.  For the most part it barrels along delivering a deeply woven sci-fi plot garnished with a light touch of humour.  The science gets complemented by witchcraft and is another interesting take on multi-stranded time travel.  The relationship between science and magic is something I found generally interesting even if I possibly didn't 100% understand all of the concepts that were outlined in some detail.

    The highlight of the humour is largely a sustained attack on American corporate culture.  If you've managed to avoid that during your life (lucky you!) then it might not mean as much but as someone who has endured it's ever-worsening tugging at my sanity this really did hit the target.

    I think the main strands of the plot and the sci-fi parts are well done though plot hole pedants will likely have a field day.  The historical parts including one particular Irish character's views on England's greatest bard are also pretty funny.  It never quite takes itself too seriously. 

    There are times when it dragged a little for me though.  For some of the transcripts the repetition of time stamps which works well in print were mildly irritating and some of the humour icons appeared a little more often than they were probably worth.  The ending felt fairly conclusive though it does leave things open for things to continue so the D.O.D.O may not really be extinct just yet.

    In summary this is a decent ride and rather more light-hearted then I had expected which probably reflects Galland's influence on Stephenson.  Particularly given its length I was happy to spend a credit on it.  

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Quentin roebuck 31/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Twist all the way with Dodo"

    With constant twists and turns along with multiple characters read by different players keeps this unabridged version fresh and enthralling.
    Well worth the listen excellent

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    Paul IW, UK 28/07/2017
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    "Another great Neal Stephenson story"

    Typical Neal Stephenson story. Science, history, humour and unlike anything else you have ever read. Neal's books are the only ones I buy on the day of release.

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    jar84 30/06/2017
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    "Great well written and well read!"

    Great well written and well read!

    Excellent... 15 words on 5 at the moment ahh 15

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 30/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "What's going on, Neal?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ouch. Both the story and performances are so excruciating to mine ear, it has to go back. Neal has just about lost me as a fan after this effort and that's a crying shame for me...


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Magic, Espionage and Time Travel"

    Very rarely I think is there a new concept in Time Travel fiction. It seems that there are a thousand stereotypical time travel stories that come out all the time. However this is not one of them. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O is a unique story that explores a new set of ideas around the operation of Time Travel. Time Travel is in this case a mesh of magic and quantum theory, that uses the Schrödinger's famous thought experiment as a basis for its operation.

    This book as the name suggests covers the rise and eventual fall of a secret government organisation known as D.O.D.O and the lives of various key members of the same. D.O.D.O.s humble beginnings are of a young US army member Tristan Lyons and a bored but intrepid university polyglot Melisande Stokes as they work through a stack of historical material on the existence of magic. There purpose: to find out whether it was real and how they can get it back. Questions abound; where can they find a witch? What was the notorious Professor Oda doing with cats, computers and superconductors in the basement?
    Should they even be meddling with time in the first place? And why are they increasingly being watched by members of a medieval banking clan?

    The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is a riveting and hilarious story with many engaging and amusing characters. It is brought to life with great effect by the use of multiple narration styles. This book has a particular charm as the events are described though multiple lenses to provide a true history. At various points the story is told from a chronicle of the events, diary entries, letters, recorded interviews and reports. Each of these is normally accompanied by a change in narrator and in some scenes multiple narrators are used to achieve the effect of an in-depth interview or inquiry.

    This was one of the most original and entertaining Time Travel stories that I have ever had the pleasure to come across. It is well worth a credit!

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