The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: M.T. Anderson

Narrated By: Peter Francis James

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: January 2007

Duration: 8 hours 19 minutes


He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the best of classical educations. Raised by a mysterious group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother–a princess in exile from a faraway land–are the only people in their household assigned names. As the boy’s regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians’ fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments–and his own chilling role in them.


  • M K

    Loved this book. The narrator was able to infuse the story with so much period and history through the very tone and quality of his voice. The story of Octavian's surreal and twisted childhood was unnerving, exciting, and sad. Fascinating.