The Difference Engine

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bruce Sterling, William Gibson

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Date: November 2010

Duration: 14 hours 22 minutes

Summary:

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine, and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. Three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with the future: Sybil Gerard—fallen woman, politician’s tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward “Leviathan” Mallory—explorer and paleontologist; Laurence Oliphant—diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for.Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine took the science fiction community by storm when it was first published more than twenty years ago. Provocative, compelling, and intensely imagined, this novel is poised to impress a whole new generation.

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  • Bchandler

    If you like steam punk, this seems, in the beginning, to be a good. But then you start waiting for it to make a point or tie some of the loose strings together. BUT, it never does. It ends, and you're left wondering what all that was about. It introduces characters, then abandons them, starts with one style (multiple "iterations"), then drops that style too. Its as though this were written over several years and the author forgot what he'd done in the beginning. Don't bother with this one, it will leave you feeling like you've wasted your time - and you will have....

  • VLibrarian

    I count both authors in my top 50 list, and yet this book almost had me driving off the road in a bored paralysis. I didn't even finish it. Stay with Cyber punk and leave out the Steam.

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