Version: Unabridged
Author: Neal Stephenson
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal , Will Damron
Genres: Science Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: May 2015
# of Units: 25 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

Reviews (22)

Written by Charles L. on October 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well written, sound physics, plausible events. While enjoying the story, I learned a few things and gained another perspective for things I already knew. Thanks for this...

Written by Anonymous on June 21st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

nice listen, wish this wasn't a one person read. but she does a great job. novel itself is unstoppable.


Written by Randy L. on April 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyable. Fascinating.

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Written by Gregory F. on October 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

SPOILER ALERT!!! I wanted to like this book. The 1st 1/2 of the book was really good. An amazing premise, terrifying in fact, interesting characters and some dry humor. However the 2nd 1/2 of the book almost seemed like it was written by a different author. SPOILER AHEAD SPOILER AHEAD!!!..... Aside from the discovery of what the 7 eves are and how we got see there progeny, SPOILERS OVER SPOILERS OVER!!!! Everything else was painfully boring. Additionally, the world building throughout was very poor, incoherent at times. There were also large swaths of the book that had character interactions that seem to meander to nowhere with absolutely no meaning. Finally, as I began to start reading the final 30 or 40 pages, i began to realize that there is simply not enough book left to get someplace with this story and just as i feared, it didn\'t...the book basically just ends in what seems like the middle of something. SOME OTHER POSITIVES. 1. Neal Stephenson really knows his stuff with regards to space travel, Astronomy, and Science in general...he really must of done a ton of research 2. If you like very Hard Science type of Fiction this is definitely that. 3.The Narrator for the 1st half of the book Mary Robinette Kowal is an absolute joy to listen to, she made the boring parts more bearable.

Written by Dykes J. on October 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

loved this book.


Written by Luke B. on August 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Very slow place. First 5 hours and im still not hooked. Not worth the money.


Written by Joseph L. on August 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliant book


Written by Benito C. on October 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I do Love a good scifi that makes my imagination go off in all directions. I am going to see what else I can find from the author.

Written by Donald A. on July 30th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love end of the world stories and this delivered perfectly. I even liked the well written long technical explanations. I just wished the second section was longer and had more of a storyline. Also, the book just randomly ended. The reader of the the first part sounded pretentious.


Written by Stephen F on August 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Some books you listen to and six months later you see them in your library and don't even remember what they were about or reading them. This is NOT one of those books. It enveloped me and transported me into its world (isn't that what it's supposed to do). I found myself, more than once, obeying the speed limit to slow my drive and sitting in the driveway for an extra 15 minutes because I couldn't pause the story. You must listen to this book. It's worth every minute of the 32 hours.

Author Details

Author Details

Stephenson, Neal

Neal Stephenson is the author of seven previous novels. He lNeal Stephenson is the author of seven previous novels. He lives in Seattle, Washington. ives in Seattle, Washington.