Under the Amoral Bridge : The Bridge Chronicles

  • by Gary A. Ballard
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • Series: The Bridge Chronicles
  • 4 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy: the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles, with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all. But when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can't sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing Chronosoft corporation complete control. This taut futuristic thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard, originally published serially on the Internet. It also contains a previously unpublished short story, "Feeding Autonomy."

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It was certainly an engaging intro to cyberpunk

Under The Amoral Bridge is the first novella in the Bridge Chronicles, a series of four books so far. Set in LA in 2028, it introduces Artemis Bridge, who is the guy who knows a guy. He is a kind of facilitator in the shady underworld who connects people for a small fee without actually touching anything illegal himself. Artemis is the amoral anti-hero of the story, but I essentially found him to be likable and amusing. He employs a bodyguard but quite happily accepts a beating because he doesn't pay the bodyguard enough to fight for him. He has a genius hacker ex-girlfriend for whom he still harbors feelings, though he wouldn't admit it.

I know absolutely nothing about cyberpunk. This was my first book in this subgenre, but to me Under The Amoral Bridge was simply an exciting thriller with a futuristic setting.

It's a very quick listen, only 4 hours, so I don't want to give any of the plot away, but there's a political angle to it, corruption and shady dealings, assassins and fights. Overall, a very entertaining listen. I thought the side characters were particularly strong. I loved philosophical Aristotle, the bodyguard, and the hacker girlfriend was a great basis for explaining all the techno stuff while also showing Artemis' softer side.

Joe Hempel's narration was very good. Excellent pacing and very clear voices. He emotes really well and I thought his smooth tone was very fitting for Artemis. There were no issues with the production.

I would recommend Under The Amoral Bridge to any listener who enjoys fast paced thrillers or action-packed science fiction, and for me as a complete novice, it was certainly an engaging introduction to cyber punk.

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What made the experience of listening to Under the Amoral Bridge the most enjoyable?


Set in a future Los Angeles after the government has abandoned it's role in governing the city, a major corporation is in charge. Ballard takes us on a ride through the corruption and societal decay, as the main character fights to stay alive after unfortunate circumstances place him in the dangerous unknown assailants. You may not be able to put down the audiobook until it's finished.


What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Joe Hempel have done a great job


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2015
  • Publisher: Gary Ballard