Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: China Miéville

Narrated By: Susan Duerden

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2011

Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes


China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war.

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak.

Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language.

When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties—to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.


  • Donald A

    Brilliant book on language and self determination. It took a bit to grasp the lexicon of the book, but it more than pays off to be a diligent reader. Fantastic world building! I love books about language!!!!!!!


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Embassytown, China Miéville