The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • by Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, Joe Barrett, Will Damron, Luke Daniels
  • 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You think you know how the world works? Think again.
From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
England, 1851.
The Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace has opened, celebrating the rise of technology and commerce. With it the power of magic - in decline since the industrial revolution began - is completely snuffed out. The existence of magic begins its gradual devolution into mere myth.
America, 21st century.
Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.
After translating a series of ancient texts, Melisande and Tristan discover the connection between science, magic and time travel, and so the Department of Diachronic Operations - D.O.D.O. - is hastily brought into existence. Its mission: to develop a device that will send their agents back to the past, where they can stop magic from disappearing and alter the course of history.
But when you interfere with the past, there's no telling what you might find in your future....
Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterise all of Neal Stephenson's work, and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humour of Nicole Galland's storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realised work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible and take you to places - and times - beyond imagining.
Full cast of narrators includes Robert Fass, James Foster, Tavia Gilbert, Arthur Morey, David Stifel, Charlie Thurston, and Kate Udall.

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What the Critics Say

Praise for Neal Stephenson:
"Genius." (Time)
"He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin." (The New York Times)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)
"[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway.' (Newsweek)

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Magic, Espionage and Time Travel

Very rarely I think is there a new concept in Time Travel fiction. It seems that there are a thousand stereotypical time travel stories that come out all the time. However this is not one of them. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O is a unique story that explores a new set of ideas around the operation of Time Travel. Time Travel is in this case a mesh of magic and quantum theory, that uses the Schrödinger's famous thought experiment as a basis for its operation.

This book as the name suggests covers the rise and eventual fall of a secret government organisation known as D.O.D.O and the lives of various key members of the same. D.O.D.O.s humble beginnings are of a young US army member Tristan Lyons and a bored but intrepid university polyglot Melisande Stokes as they work through a stack of historical material on the existence of magic. There purpose: to find out whether it was real and how they can get it back. Questions abound; where can they find a witch? What was the notorious Professor Oda doing with cats, computers and superconductors in the basement?
Should they even be meddling with time in the first place? And why are they increasingly being watched by members of a medieval banking clan?

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is a riveting and hilarious story with many engaging and amusing characters. It is brought to life with great effect by the use of multiple narration styles. This book has a particular charm as the events are described though multiple lenses to provide a true history. At various points the story is told from a chronicle of the events, diary entries, letters, recorded interviews and reports. Each of these is normally accompanied by a change in narrator and in some scenes multiple narrators are used to achieve the effect of an in-depth interview or inquiry.

This was one of the most original and entertaining Time Travel stories that I have ever had the pleasure to come across. It is well worth a credit!
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-15-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited