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Kraken

China Miéville

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this-or any other-year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about-or prevent-the End of All Things. In the Darwin Centre at London's Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre's prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux-better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy's tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air. As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens-human and otherwise-are adept in magic and murder. There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity-and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC-the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit-a branch of London's finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city's entrails. There is Grisamentum, London's greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying-yet darkly charismatic-demonic duo. All of them-and others-are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be. From the Hardcover edition.

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this-or any other-year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about-or prevent-the End of All Things. In the Darwin Centre at London's Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre's prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux-better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy's tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air. As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens-human and otherwise-are adept in magic and murder. There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity-and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC-the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit-a branch of London's finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city's entrails. There is Grisamentum, London's greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying-yet darkly charismatic-demonic duo. All of them-and others-are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be. From the Hardcover edition.
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With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this-or any other-year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about-or prevent-the End of All Things. In the Darwin Centre at London's Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre's prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux-better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy's tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air. As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens-human and otherwise-are adept in magic and murder. There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity-and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC-the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit-a branch of London's finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city's entrails. There is Grisamentum, London's greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying-yet darkly charismatic-demonic duo. All of them-and others-are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

16h 14m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:01


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:34


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:31


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:48


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:06


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:08


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:19


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:31


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:24


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:19


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:20


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:16


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:09


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

09:02


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:42


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:04


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:05


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:16


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:42


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:48


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:58


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:01


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:21


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:29


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:59


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:04


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:45


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:58


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:30


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:40


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:02


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:33


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:08


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:46


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:27


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:18


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:03


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:03


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:07


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:25


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:35


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:45


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:14


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:36


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:05


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:06


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:18


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:27


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:22


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:41


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:08


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:45


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:52


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:33


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:02


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:40


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:56


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:58


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:08


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:50


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:05


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:01


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:03


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

00:27