The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2017
24 hours 28 minutes
From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world ''jams'' the ''frequencies'' used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.
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Aaron M.

It's funny and a wild ride. Totally worth listening to!

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I agree with another reviewer. It was fun but it did begin to get tedious.

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Max Y

Little bit of fluff. The rhetorical juxtaposition of military protocol, the technologists' disregard of BS, and and the witches' insouciance was fun for a bit but got tiresome. I couldn't suspend my Sci Fi disbelief about the obvious holes in the plot. The narrators, however, were great.

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Christopher P

I thought the book was great and narration was good. Only thing is that they had multiple people narrate but not individual parts they took turns on chapters so at times you would get confused by the voice since last chapter a male voice was pretending to be a female part then vice versa. All were good narrators though.

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Jennifer H

To many different narrators. I am an avid audio book listener and have heard one ready do multiple voices. Strange when reader changed and would do a character that had been previously voiced by another reader. Some of the readers voices were awful. But the book itself was strangely captivating.

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