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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 56 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: January 4, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0032U8OIA
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The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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I would recommend it highly if you enjoy techno-babble, computers, "weird fiction," paper-clip inventories, poking fun at the idiocies of the workplace office environment/politics, and/or "thrillers." You would probably find it especially enjoyable if you have a craving for "Lovecraftian" stories with a contemporary setting since these types of stories are somewhat difficult to find in my experience.
I think Stross does an admirable job of providing comic relief to the particularly nasty bits. You might find yourself about to put the book down because some of the things Bob discovers in the depths of the Atrocity Archives are... well, let's just say the Archives are well named. But then you'll find yourself with a finger jammed between pages while you laugh so hard tears roll down your cheeks. Well, this is assuming you have a suitably dark, twisted sense of humor like I do.
I enjoyed it very much and am about to start THE JENNIFER MORGUE. I first found out about this series of novels on Chaosium's website. They publish the paper and dice Role Playing Game CALL OF CTHULHU and, as I discovered, a game called THE LAUNDRY which is based on this series.
Well, that's about it. Just give it a try!
The current seven books in Stross' "Laundry Files" series can be found here: Laundry Files (7 Book Series)
This book is a mixture of hard scifi, bureaucratic satire, alternative history, spy genre and a touch of romance. It's very enjoyable, but I found myself blipping over the detailed mathematics of it all (hence the four star review). Don't let this put you off the book, however. Bob is a very likable character and makes an excellent narrator. We are introduced to other characters who will play parts in future Laundry Files stories, most notably Angleton, Bob's scary and mysterious manager. He's my favorite character and he and Bob make a memorable team.
"Atrocity Archives" is rather short and is paired with an excellent short story which serves as a follow up, "The Concrete Jungle." The short story form is very well suited to Laundry adventures and I hope Mr. Stross gives us more of them in the future. I'm a fan of this entire series and highly recommend that you start here and move on sequentially in order to get the most out of the series.
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