Central Station

  • by Lavie Tidhar
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2017.
A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.
When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris' ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap in to the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik - a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.
Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv, a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation - a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness - are just the beginning of irrevocable change. At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.

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What the Critics Say

"It is just this side of a masterpiece - short, restrained, lush - and the truest joy of it is in the way Tidhar scatters brilliant ideas like pennies on the sidewalk." (NPR)
"Central Station is in every way a literary masterpiece." (The Future Fire)

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Good story, but I didn't like the reading

I found the story interesting, but what I like the most about it is how human and humane it is. I love what it says about our own society.

Unfortunately, the narration bothered me. a lot. I don't necessarily think that narrators should use accents, but if they do, they should get them write, and the accents here were really off. Why would an Arab man have a Yiddish accent? And why would people whose families have been in Israel for generations sound like immigrants? Even the names of some of the main characters were pronounced completely wrong, and it wouldn't have been hard to get it right if anyone had cared to do so. So I found this performance very disappointing, I'm sorry to say.

I recommend reading the book, instead.
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- Hamutal Yellin

Narrator butchers a book

Well, I can't tell you much about the book because after about 15 minutes of listening to the narrator, I had to put it away.

I will be returning it. The narration is TERRIBLE.
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- B. H. H. Mulder

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios