Written By: John Shirley

Narrated By: Jeffrey Kafer

Date: June 2012

Duration: 12 hours 21 minutes


It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing . . . and many were desperate to take that freedom back.Among them was a great dreamer, an immigrant who'd pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and most admired men in the world. That man was Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserved better. So he set out to create the impossible: a utopia free from government, from censorship, and from moral restrictions on science, where what you gave was what you got. He created Rapture-the shining city below the sea. But this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be . . . and how it all ended.


  • Jo Stonesifer

    I am a huge fan of the original Bioshock game, so I was skeptical this book could mirror the amazing plot. But it really did. The lore is so deep, the author did a great job researching for this book.

  • Mark H.

    A good book that brings to life so much of what you may have learned and encountered in game. It certainly has made me want to go back and play it again! Narration was a bit flat, e.g. at times of tension (gunfight etc), the narration was somewhat monotonal which took away from the drama...

  • Jesse S.

    I never played the game because it wasn't my thing but figured I'd try the book and it turned out to be quite amazing. Will honestly listen to it again because I enjoyed it so much. I loved the narration of the book as well and was sad when it ended.

  • Kayla

    I listened to this book twice and at the end of the second listening I still felt as if I was missing huge plot points. I wanna say this author follows the footsteps of Charles Dickens, as in he goes off on very detailed tangents that have absolutely nothing to do with the plot. I understand world building but on the same token this story focuses on so much world building that you don't really build an understanding of the characters or aspects of the story. It could be because I haven't been through other books in this series but honestly after this book I have no desire to read other books in this series.

  • Joseph N

    I love this book because it brought more information and significance to the series.

  • Keith Ritman

    Any book the makes me go "awe" at the end is good by me.

  • Graeme Rassenti

    I couldn't make it more than five minutes into this book. The narrator is terrible. The book itself is a fun adaptation of Bioshock's story, and does a great job in depicting the buildup to the conflict within Rapture. Buy the book, though. Unless your voice is more annoying than this narrator

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