• by Charles Stross
  • Narrated by Kevin R. Free
  • 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross delivers “credible and bold SF” (Science Fiction Weekly) that continually pushes the boundaries of the genre. With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms.
After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.
Stross pulls out all the stops in a searing adventure that will keep listeners’ hearts racing. Propelled by Kevin R. Free’s riveting narration, Glasshouse is a novel SF fans will not soon forget.


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Customer Reviews

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I mean, it is a Charles Stross book...

I liked the concepts that this book had going for it:
- sci-fi high tech while being very low tech 1950s
- gender swap roles as a statement on gender roles in society today
- intervening in domestic violence
- sci-fi for the non-scifi crowd

I liked some of the tropes from the genre:
- espionage and memory wipes
- body swapping
- meeting yourself and beating the crap out of yourself
- high tech hidden worlds
- waif-fu

But I found myself finishing the book just because I wanted to finish it, not because I was enjoying the story.

Maybe because it wasn't fiction enough for me, the view points of domestic abuse, rape, and violating someone's mind just were to stark for me. Even at the end, I would have been happier if the whole lot of them just blew each other up instead of leaving them to languish in that false construct.

But it was a Charles Stross book, so it was well written and the characters were consistent in their motivations and there were some minor explosions.
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- troy "I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them."

Vintage Stross

Variations on what humanity might look like post-singularity are Stross's reason d'etre as a writer, and here he does something very clever by (1) focusing on the ability to re-engineer human biology as the focus of the singularity (instead of the more common super-human AI), and (2) showing us how late-twentieth, early twenty-first century humans might look to their post-human descendants in the remote future. There are some thought-provoking questions about just how much of our humanity we could leave behind when going post-human, and the clever historical distortions and gaps in understanding that he describes show a deep appreciation for the slippery nature of history. Although the plot twists are a bit too well telegraphed to be surprising when they happen, the overall story arc is excellent. The battle between good and evil is as alive for post-humanity as it is for us today, and it's gratifying to read an optimistic take on how that battle might go.
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- Ken "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books