The Alchemist and the Executioness

  • by Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
  • 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is a world where magic is forbidden - yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price - for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world, an alchemist believes he's found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.
About the Authors
Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the Nebula Award-winning novel The Windup Girl. His short fiction has been honored with the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as nominations for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Tobias S. Buckell is the New York Times best-selling author of Halo: The Cole Protocol, Ragamuffin, and other novels. He is also a contributor to the Audible production of Metatropolis.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by the authors.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Nominee - Best Original Work, 2011
"[Bacigalupi's] bite-sized tale is charming, lyrically written, and thematically rich....Fantasy fans will love [Buckell's] lush narrative and... endearing and unconventional heroine." (Publishers Weekly)


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You become absorbed very quickly, setting you up with a sense of intrigue. Doesn't rely on endless charactors and at no time does it seem to drag. Imaginative, compelling, dark and even a little shocking in places. An effortless read or listen.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios