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    • The Apocalypse Codex

    • The Laundry Files, Book 4
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Bob Howard used to fix computers for the Laundry - the branch of the British Secret Service that deals with otherworldly threats - but those days are over. He's not only been promoted to active service but actually survived missions against cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions. Willingly or not, he's on his way up in this dangerous organisation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing to the Max

    • By Revdave39 on 24-01-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Atrocity Archives

    • Book 1 in The Laundry Files
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344

    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...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful books

    • By Marie on 20-01-15

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Delirium Brief

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry's existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well-paced, good characters, insanity.

    • By Dylan on 28-07-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Labyrinth Index

    • Laundry Files, Book 9
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats - has culminated in the unthinkable: an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhairi Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bring back Jack Hawkins!!!!

    • By Thursday Week on 31-10-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Nightmare Stacks

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 114

    Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magnificent

    • By David Stretch on 27-09-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Fuller Memorandum

    • The Laundry Files, Book 3
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Bob Howard is an IT specialist and field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's secret service that deals with occult threats. Overworked and underpaid, Bob is used to his two jobs overflowing from a strict nine to five, and since his wife, Mo, has a very similar job description, he understands that work will sometimes follow her home, too. But when 'work' involves zombie assassins and minions of a mad god's cult, he realises things are spinning out of control.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent outing from Bob and The Laundry

    • By mentally unbalanced on 17-03-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Annihilation Score

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Carolina Guthrie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Nobody does it better.... Dr. Mo O'Brien is an intelligence agent at the top-secret government agency known as the Laundry. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses. But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack, and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not the best in series

    • By Mrs. M. Beynon on 02-07-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Jennifer Morgue

    • Book 2 in The Laundry Files
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227

    Some agents have all the fun. Others save the world. Bob Howard is an IT expert and occasional field agent for The Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service that deals with occult threats. Dressed (grudgingly) in a tux and sent to the Caribbean, he must infiltrate a millionaire's yacht in order to prevent him violating a treaty that will start a war with an ancient underwater race.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • oh can we please have some more !

    • By James on 18-10-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Rhesus Chart

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    London can drain the life out of you.... Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of the top-secret government agency known as the Laundry. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess - and deal with the witnesses. There's one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that's vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent, and you'll be laughed out of the room.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great listen

    • By R. ODELL on 13-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Traders' War

    • The Merchant Princes, Book 2
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 26 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Miriam was an ambitious business journalist in Boston. Until she was fired - then discovered, to her shock, that her lost family comes from an alternate reality. And although some of them are trying to kill her, she won't stop digging up secrets. Now that she knows she's inherited the family ability to walk between worlds, there's a new culture to explore. Her alternate home seems located around the Middle Ages, making her world-hopping relatives top dogs when it comes to 'importing' guns and other gadgets from modern-day America. 

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Bloodline Feud

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Miriam Beckstein is a successful reporter for a hi-tech magazine. So when she discovers a huge money-laundering scam, she thinks she's hit the big time. But when she takes it to her editor, not only is she fired, but she starts to receive death threats. And that's just the beginning. To distract her furious daughter, Miriam's adoptive mother unearths mementos from her real mother, murdered when she was an infant. But these reveal a secret that will ultimately throw entire governments into disarray. For what Miriam thinks is a simple locket has the power to fling her into an alternate time line.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • an enjoyable book

    • By R. Grindley on 23-01-19

    Regular price: £28.99

    • The Revolution Trade

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Miriam Beckstein has said good-bye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative time line was challenging, to say the least. As was discovering her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. Now civil war rages in her adopted home, she's pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter group want her on their side of a desperate power struggle. But as a leader or figurehead?

    Regular price: £28.99

    • Dark State

    • Empire Games, Book 2
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Dark State is the second book in the thrilling Empire Games series - set in the same world as Charles Stross' The Merchant Princes series. In the near future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers - in two different time lines - is imminent. One America is experiencing its first technological revolution whilst a parallel United States is a hi-tech police state. But both are poised to wreak destruction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • solid story

    • By mazzz on 10-09-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Empire Games

    • Empire Games, Book 1
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Rita Douglas is plucked from her dead-end job and trained as a reluctant US spy. All because she has the latent genetic talent to hop between alternate time lines - and infiltrate them. Her United States is waging a high-tech war, targeting assassins who can move between worlds to deliver death on a mass scale, and Rita will be their secret weapon.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story premise. Let down by narration and patchy writing at times.

    • By S. Tive on 15-01-19

    Regular price: £21.99

    • A Colder War

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story - Poor Reading

    • By Toby on 30-04-09

    Regular price: £7.49

    • The Family Trade

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • don't go there

    • By people's bank on 31-05-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Clan Corporate

    • Book Three of the Merchant Princess
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots, and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is too much like the mafia for comfort.

    Regular price: £23.39

    • The Merchants' War

    • Merchant Princes, Book 4
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well connected, and that her family was too much like the Mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain-damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose.

    Regular price: £28.59

    • Lobsters

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jared Doreck
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Manfred Macx is a patent junkie, spending his days dreaming up ideas that will make him rich, very rich indeed. He patents them and then offers them up to anyone for free. In doing so, he has shunned the need for cash, preferring to live off the generosity of his benefactors. Enter uploaded lobsters wanting to defect, government investigations, and a dominatrix ex-girlfriend who works for the IRS and you've got yourself a hip post-cyberpunk tale.

    Regular price: £7.09

    • The Year's Top-Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4

    • By: John Barnes, Paul McAuley, Maureen McHugh, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Jared Doreck, Adam Epstein, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    An unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories written in 2011 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In "Dying Young," by Peter M. Ball, cyborgs, clones, and post-humans collide with a dragon bent on revenge in a post-apocalyptic space western. In "Canterbury Hollow," by Chris Lawson, two lovers on a planet orbiting a killer sun share their few remaining weeks together before they die....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Appalling narration

    • By MR E. on 17-05-18

    Regular price: £24.29

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