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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

Critiques

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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  • Barry
  • 05/07/2018

the maestro does it again....

another tour de firce from Stephenson. bravo. cant wait for the sequel to be released.

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  • David
  • 01/09/2017

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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  • mohamed
  • 24/02/2018

Meh

The story does not justify the length of this audiobook. Some chapters were just too hard to follow

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  • Derek R.
  • 12/05/2018

Neal Stephenson book

In the style of all other Neal Stephenson books. By that I mean Interesting ideas, cool bits of detail, a wide mix of characters, and a ending that falls apart.

A good read but no real closure.

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  • Andie
  • 29/07/2017

Good Story - Excess "Talk" in Audiobook Version

To start out on a positive note, the story is very clever and keeps you wondering until the end.
It does, however, need to be abridged for audiobook listeners. Passages such as chat room transcripts and text message are tedious and boring to listen to when the narrator has to read the time, date and location of each post. Of course, this can all be skipped over when reading a physical copy of the book.

The performers were excellent, although I did not like that some characters had different voices and accents throughout the story. It definitely threw me off! One reader would have been preferred.

My takeaway: an interesting story that may be easier to read than to listen to.

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  • Meierkurt
  • 18/11/2017

Great idea, good start but the ending...

typical Neal Stevenson - great idea for a story, captivating start... but then some lengths near the middle and an unsatisfying end.
still, with the read/listen

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  • M. Bunge
  • 23/08/2018

Langweilig, zäh, größte Enttäuschung

Beeindruckend wie man 24 Stunden lang eine Geschichte ohne Höhepunkt erzählen kann. Nichts worauf man hinreibest oder etwas was Spannung enttäuscht. Irgendwie habe ich 20 Stunden ausgehalten, weil ich neugierig war ob es nicht doch irgendwann interessant wird. Ich meine: Wer würde denn eine Geschichte so unnötig in die Länge ziehen?

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  • Global
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02/08/2018

Very cool and entertaining original story

i loved the story and the clear reading with interesting accents helped making the story even more lively and entertaining.

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  • Kimono
  • 12/05/2018

Nice twist on the time travel theme

Nice story, good narrator. Nothing fundamentally new but it was good entertainment.
I liked many of the details and the historic settings.
Some parts in the last third seemed quite lengthy and too detailed, though.

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  • PB
  • 25/07/2017

Not comparable to three body at all

This book was sold to me as similar to the three body problem which is why I bought it. Although this book is entertaining, it is very very very far from the genius and scientific sophistication of the three body problem trilogy.

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