Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson audiobook

Quicksilver: Volume One of The Baroque Cycle

By Neal Stephenson
Read by Kevin Pariseau , Simon Prebble , and Stina Nielsen

HarperAudio

The Baroque Cycle: Book 1

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Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight. It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance. A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time. And it's just the beginning ... Performed by Simon Prebble and Stina Nielsen

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award

A USA Today bestseller

A 2003 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

A 2004 Locus Award Nominee

Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox.

And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance.

A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time.

And it's just the beginning ...

Performed by Simon Prebble and Stina Nielsen

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Quicksilver] explores the philosophical concerns of today…through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.” New York Times Book Review
“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold.” Entertainment Weekly
“Genius…You’ll wish it were longer.” Time
“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.” Newsweek
“An astonishing achievement.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“A sprawling, engrossing tale.” Seattle Times
“Dense, witty, erudite…and gripping…a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called serious fiction.” Independent (London)
“Often brilliant and occasionally astonishing…[Quicksilver] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.” Book World
“[Quicksilver] is a rare thing: a thousand-page book that you don’t want to end.” San Antonio Express-News
“An awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes…and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.” Book

Reviews

Reviews

by DAVID 12/19/2017
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'Listener's Digest' versions: no thank you

Having read and loved this book I was excited at the great (1 credit!) deal offered. I was set to enjoy this sprawling novel at leisure and over repeated listenings.

Great narration, but I'll have to start reading descriptions more carefully:

I didn't know Downpour sold 'abridged' audiobooks. I never want to buy another.
Really disappointed, and I'd take my money back if I could.

Author

Author Bio: Neal Stephenson

Author Bio: Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 22.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English