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Station Eleven: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Emily St. John Mandel

Narrated By: Kirsten Potter

Date: September 2014

Duration: 10 hours 41 minutes


2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.


  • Liz S.

    I loved the story! So creative and original! the narration was quite good too, I just wish there had been more variation in the characters' voices.

  • Sunna M.

    It was an interesting story, although the various plot lines did not weave together in a way that felt like it flowed for me, it could be somewhat disjointed.

  • Lisa M.

    Such a good read!

  • Cyn K.

    I probably should not have chosen to listen to this book in the time of COVID-19 as the post-apocalyptic setting was brought on by a mysterious flu that decimated most of humanity, but the story caught my interest early on so I stayed with it. The story is imaginative and complex, and I like the way it eventually coheres into something that's more than the sum of its parts. Excellent narration that doesn't feel at all forced like audiobook readers can often sound to me.

  • Ronald L.

    A scary read (listen), but it was so well done. She puts you right there with all of the tension and hilarity a scene might bring. You could quibble that Tyler was not well developed, but overall, you got a solid feel for who the key players were in a deeper sense. Some may see a rush to finish the ending, but I felt the pacing was good throughout. I will be ordering her new book for sure.

  • Heather B.

    I was expecting something different based on the description. The beginning of the book was very engaging and kept me awake to find out what would happen next. The middle of the book was a lot of filler and timeline bouncing which made the story a little difficult to follow. Then the ending happened really fast and I'm still not sure why it ended so suddenly. I wanted something more... more of the beginning, more story.

  • A Sumowski

    I was really disappointed with this book. The first book I have had to write a bad review. Many of the characters I just didn't even care about. Just as the book started getting better it was over. It ended with too many unanswered questions. I don't know if that was done to make room for a book series or not, but it just left me feeling like I wasted my time.

  • Bunty A

    My first audio book! One narrator, yet so many nuances for each character, and for each mood in the narration.

  • Jordan C

    Excellent story. Refreshing take on the Apocalypse theme. Loved the last line especially.

  • Reed Davaz McGowan

    Best book I've read in a decade.

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