The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • by Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, Joe Barrett, Will Damron, Luke Daniels
  • 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You think you know how the world works? Think again.
From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
England, 1851.
The Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace has opened, celebrating the rise of technology and commerce. With it the power of magic - in decline since the industrial revolution began - is completely snuffed out. The existence of magic begins its gradual devolution into mere myth.
America, 21st century.
Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.
After translating a series of ancient texts, Melisande and Tristan discover the connection between science, magic and time travel, and so the Department of Diachronic Operations - D.O.D.O. - is hastily brought into existence. Its mission: to develop a device that will send their agents back to the past, where they can stop magic from disappearing and alter the course of history.
But when you interfere with the past, there's no telling what you might find in your future....
Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterise all of Neal Stephenson's work, and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humour of Nicole Galland's storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realised work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible and take you to places - and times - beyond imagining.
Full cast of narrators includes Robert Fass, James Foster, Tavia Gilbert, Arthur Morey, David Stifel, Charlie Thurston, and Kate Udall.


What the Critics Say

Praise for Neal Stephenson:
"Genius." (Time)
"He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin." (The New York Times)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)
"[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway.' (Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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The DODO may not be extinct just yet!

The Fall and Rise of D.O.D.O. is one hell of an audiobook.  It delivers its story through the medium of journals, documents, social media postings and conversational transcripts with a varied cast of narrators each adding their own style to their particular sections.  For the most part it barrels along delivering a deeply woven sci-fi plot garnished with a light touch of humour.  The science gets complemented by witchcraft and is another interesting take on multi-stranded time travel.  The relationship between science and magic is something I found generally interesting even if I possibly didn't 100% understand all of the concepts that were outlined in some detail.

The highlight of the humour is largely a sustained attack on American corporate culture.  If you've managed to avoid that during your life (lucky you!) then it might not mean as much but as someone who has endured it's ever-worsening tugging at my sanity this really did hit the target.

I think the main strands of the plot and the sci-fi parts are well done though plot hole pedants will likely have a field day.  The historical parts including one particular Irish character's views on England's greatest bard are also pretty funny.  It never quite takes itself too seriously. 

There are times when it dragged a little for me though.  For some of the transcripts the repetition of time stamps which works well in print were mildly irritating and some of the humour icons appeared a little more often than they were probably worth.  The ending felt fairly conclusive though it does leave things open for things to continue so the D.O.D.O may not really be extinct just yet.

In summary this is a decent ride and rather more light-hearted then I had expected which probably reflects Galland's influence on Stephenson.  Particularly given its length I was happy to spend a credit on it.  
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- Simon

started good but got quite boring

started out quite interesting but got quite boring with all the memos and reports that really did nothing to help the story.
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- gemma dawe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-06-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited