Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bernard Beckett

Narrated By: Becky Wright

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: April 2009

Duration: 3 hours 51 minutes


Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy. Candidates for The Academy must endure a grueling entrance exam, and young Anaximander has chosen as her special subject the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. She begins by telling Forde's story: Late in the twenty-first century the island Republic has managed to survive a devastating worldwide plague by isolating its citizens completely from outside contact. For many years, approaching ships and planes are gunned down, refugees are shot on sight. No one is allowed in or out. The islanders are safe, but not free. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea... "Anaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join The Academy. Is your answer ready?" To answer that deceptively simple question, Anaximander finds she must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republic's history. What is the nature of being human, of being conscious? What does it mean to have a soul? And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront The Republic's last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world. Genesis is a provocative novel of ideas that forces us to contemplate the very essence of what it means to be human. You will want to finish it in one sitting, and you will want to listen to it again and again.


  • Brandon Williams

    This was an excellent book. It had certain similarities to the Mad Scientists Daughter, which I loved. Grappling with the question of what it means to be a thinking being. To bring up questions that we may have to answer in our lifetime about the relationship between man and machine. The icing on the cake for me being that the backdrop is a Dystopian landscape, not all that unreasonable to imagine. My only gripe is that the tale was so short. At the same time, it kept the story fast paced and gripping. There was really very little filler. The narrator did a great job. It was easy to tell who was speaking during back and forth conversations. There was energy in the performance. The production was also good, very little audio flux between loud and soft. It was consistent and easy to listen to. No volume fidgeting needed on my small computer speakers or headphones.


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Genesis, Bernard Beckett