The Incrementalists

  • by Steven Brust, Skyler White
  • Narrated by Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules - not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world.

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What the Critics Say

"Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries, and Las Vegas all in one book? Shut up and take my money." (John Scalzi)
"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character, and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure." (Roger Zelazny)

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Almost Speechless

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I really enjoyed The Incrementalists, was it action packed, no; was it a heart pounding thriller, no; was it anything that I usually look for in an audiobook, no. But still I found myself fully engulfed within the story I could not stop listening. I really wanted the meddlers to meddle more and really change the world. This was an examination of personality, how they evolve or not over long periods of time and how one can lose them selves if they do not embrace who they are. Paradoxically it is a study of how ones personality must change if they are going to save the ones they love. Part science fiction, part love story, part mystery, adds up to a truly unique story of an equally unique secret society. At the end I did feel a bit like I got snookered, The Incrementalists did not live up to my expectation of what I was getting into by any means, even though I wanted so much more. I did not feel like I wasted my time, I found myself, once it was over, saying to my self "Wow".
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Neat idea that went nowhere

What disappointed you about The Incrementalists?

This book was recommended based on other reads. The storyline was intriguing, but instead of focusing on the title idea- that the characters were capable of making incremental changes in the world around them through the years- the story focused on an unlikely, trite, contrived romantic relationship. Boooring.


What aspect of Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal ’s performance would you have changed?

I do not care for dual narrators. It takes you out of the story too much.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios