• The Quantum Thief

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-29-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (67 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy - from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to steal their thoughts, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of the Moving Cities of Mars. Except that Jean made one mistake. Now he is condemned to play endless variations of a game-theoretic riddle in the vast virtual jail of the Axelrod Archons - the Dilemma Prison - against countless copies of himself. Jean's routine of death, defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership, Perhonen.
©2010 Hannu Rajaniemi (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sumit G. on 03-18-12

Fast Paced Innovative Sci Fi

Good Novel. Really really interesting - but the first 1/3rd of the novel wasn't quite as much fun as the rest of it. I kept thinking - if the author would focus on the human elements more than the sci fi bit - the novel would become so much better. That first one third did very little scene setting and context/character development.

To his credit, the novel started developing characters more after the first 1/3, but to me, it left some dissatisfaction for me towards the end of the book (hence the lower overall score of 4 rather than 5).


The book itself is about a thief who is in a jail, escapes with help to do another heist. However, instead of heading towards the final heist, it goes on to do a sidequest on a futuristic Mars colony which forms the remaining 2/3rd of the book. It has to do with games, memories, technological manipulation, etc. all done in a very cool way. The author's key writing gift is to continually shift one gear up in the storyline right to the end.

The novel is part of the trilogy and I will definitely look forward to the next book. My only point is that I hope the author doesn't make the start so obscure and without any scene setting the next time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hossein on 03-07-12

A Perfect Story! A magnificent Performance!!

If you could sum up The Quantum Thief in three words, what would they be?

Thinking Out of the BOX!

Very Creative; Something like 'The Matrix' or 'Inception'

What other book might you compare The Quantum Thief to and why?

'The Matrix' or 'Inception'

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

It connects to you .... Especially during '1st person' lines...

Multiple [believable] voices!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me say:

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carole on 12-01-13

Narration-style enhances this story's 'otherness'

Where does The Quantum Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to a couple of hundred audiobooks so far, and this one easily falls into my favourite top ten percent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Quantum Thief?

With an author so conversant with string theory it's hardly surprising that The Quantum Thief presents a series of memorable moments, each building on the other until a satisfyingly symmetrical conclusion is reached

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

Presenting Jean le Flambeur with a supercilious and hyper-intelligent persona, Degas's performance reflects the 'otherness' of Jean le Flambeur's entire existence, thereby enhancing the story itself

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Reflecting the trickiness of humankind's susceptibility to game theory, love and romance, this scientifically satisfying story has post-human Jean le Flambeur co-opted into chasing memories he has deliberately hidden himself

Any additional comments?

A hard sci-fi story that has twists within twists, a warped view of romance, satisfyingly consistently believable theoretical background and a protagonist battling against near-godlike post-humans, the strongest of which is (or was) himself.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 02-22-13

Rich, complex sci-fi. Great Story. Great Narrator.

A great story that requires some concentration because the world is detailed, complicated and beautifully described. A pinch of detective mystery and political thriller thrown into the sci-fi mix, a really interesting story that romps along . I love books that stand up to repeat listening/reading and this fits the bill (I'm a Hamilton, Banks, Stephenson, Gibson fan, if that helps.) As always, having a first-class reader makes a world of difference and Rupert Degas' performance is brilliant. Highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Eugenio Carvajal on 05-02-18

Interesting story but a bit confusing

Good story, full of interesting characters, places and concepts. Loved the mix of high tech, futurism and classic scenarios.

The performance of Rupert Degas was exceptional, really brings life to the multitude of characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy Szal on 11-22-17

Loved it

Fantastic narration of a marvellous and densely plotted book. highly recommend you pick this one up.

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