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    • Jali: The Short Story Collection

    • 6 Original Sci Fi Short Stories
    • By: Chris Beckett, An Owomoyela, Nikesh Shukla, and others
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Damian Lynch, Sophia Nomvete, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Written for audio format, this collection of six science fiction stories draw on themes of arrival, discovery and destination. Commissioned especially for Audible, and narrated by outstanding performers, these stories evoke the traditional storytelling of West African Jali as the unknown and distant are brought to life for audiences.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's Jali Good

    • By Simon on 02-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Mother of Eden

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Jessica Martin, Oliver Hembrough
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    We speak of a mother's love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold. Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic sequel to an equally fantastic book

    • By Geoff Kendall on 16-06-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Dark Eden

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough, Jessica Martin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 216

    A marooned outpost of humanity struggles to survive on a startlingly alien world. John Redlantern, one of the 532 degenerating descendants of two marooned space explorers, will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture into the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything I look for in Science Fiction

    • By M on 05-08-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • America City

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Tara Ward
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between North and South, and some Northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow Americans from the South.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Canada beware of the wolves at your door

    • By Wras on 24-02-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Daughter of Eden

    • Dark Eden, Book 3
    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Imogen Church
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats - five abreast, with men in metal masks and spears standing proud. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unfortunately let down by the narration...

    • By Miko on 01-07-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Holy Machine

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 69

    George Simling has grown up in the city-state of Illyria, an enclave of logic and reason founded as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism that swept away the nations of the 21st century. Yet to George, Illyria's militant rationalism is as close-minded and stifling as the faith-based superstition that dominates the world outside its walls. For George has fallen in love with Lucy. A prostitute. A robot. She might be a machine, but the semblance of life is perfect. And beneath her good looks and real human skin, her seductive, sultry, sluttish software is simmering on the edge of consciousness. To the city authorities robot sentience is a malfunction, curable by periodically erasing and resetting silicon minds. Simple maintenance, no real problem, it’s only a machine. But it’s a problem for George, he knows that Lucy is something more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant!

    • By Jack Auty on 28-10-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Spring Tide

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins, Mark Meadows
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Chris Beckett's thought-provoking and wide-ranging collection of contemporary short stories is a joy to listen to, rich in detail and texture. From stories about first love, to a man who discovers a labyrinth beneath his house, to an angel left alone at the end of the universe, Beckett displays both incredible range and extraordinary subtlety as a writer. Every story is a world unto itself - each one beautifully realized and brilliantly imagined.

    Regular price: £14.99