The Laundry Files

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575 ratings

The Atrocity Archives Summary

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
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  • Book 1

    • 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 419
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387

    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

  • Book 2

    • 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 265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    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

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  • Book 3

    • 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 129
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    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
    • The Laundry Files Never Fail

    • By BunnyBailey on 09-07-19

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  • Book 4

    • 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 106
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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

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  • Book 5

    • 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 112
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    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

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  • Book 6

    • 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 112
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    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

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  • Book 7

    • The Nightmare Stacks

    • A Laundry Files Novel
    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 125

    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

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  • Book 8

    • The Delirium Brief

    • By: Charles Stross
    • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    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

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  • Book 9

    • 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 127
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story utterly utterly ruined by the performan

    • By Anonymous User on 31-10-18

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