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The Doors of Eden

Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
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The Doors of Eden is an extraordinary, imaginative adventure from this Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author.

They thought we were safe. They were wrong.

Four years ago, two girls went looking for monsters on Bodmin Moor. Only one came back.

Lee thought she’d lost Mal, but now she’s miraculously returned. But what happened that day on the moors? And where has she been all this time? Mal’s reappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed by MI5 officers either, and Lee isn’t the only one with questions.

Julian Sabreur is investigating an attack on top physicist Kay Amal Khan. This leads Julian to clash with agents of an unknown power - and they may or may not be human. His only clue is grainy footage showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

Dr Khan’s research was theoretical; then she found cracks between our world and parallel Earths. Now these cracks are widening, revealing extraordinary creatures. And as the doors crash open, anything could come through.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of Children of Time, Children of Ruin and many other novels, novellas and short stories. Children of Time won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in its 30th anniversary year.

©2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Inventive, funny and engrossing, this book lingers long after you close it." (Tade Thompson, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Rosewater)

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  • Johari
  • 21-08-2020

Super-woke Brexit allegory

The easiest way to summarize this book is: Straight White Men are bad & Brown LGBT people are our saviours.

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  • Gerard the dog
  • 03-09-2020

Weirdly awful

Another example of a book from an author who's previous books you have loved for the sheer quality only to find that this one is so bad in every respect that you don't believe it's the same author at all, or an old unpublished book dusted off or tarted up. Plus it had the wrong narrator, dull and hugely unimaginative. I think his wife or child wrote it.

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  • Mrs.Mary E.Torney
  • 02-09-2020

Disappointing for a great idea

If l e Modessit Jnr had written this story or had it been narrated by William de Vries it would have been better. I don’t know if it was the writing - though I have enjoyed this author in the past - or the cartoonish narration but I slowly lost the will to live and began to hope that one of the ‘cousins’ would eat a protagonist just to see what would happen! I am somewhat annoyed also by the casual introduction of a trans character and a lesbian couple but no real in depth understanding shown about these characters. Uncomfortable feeling of tokenism? Or is that just me? I gave up with three hours to go and returned it. Perhaps a narrator who could express some emotion might have helped. Sorry.

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  • Mondaymorning
  • 21-08-2020

Great modern sc-fi

Adrian has done it again, another great novel and it great to see new ideas explored.

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  • Glenn Davidson
  • 23-10-2020

Excellent allegorical adventure

Fast-moving speculative adventure with some thinly-veiled parallels to our world, ironically enough. Brilliantly narrated by Sophie Aldred - looking forward to finding more of her work on here.

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  • Barrymx5
  • 22-10-2020

I gave up after Ch3

Disappointing because Cage of Souls was quite good. This story line was just too woke. Ch 1 with its inter racial teenage lesbians left me confused. Chapter 2 with the Security Service siding with Pakistanis against “white extremists “ was odd. And as for the interludes between each chapter ... Not for me thanks.

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  • Krzysztof Krusinski
  • 19-10-2020

Boring streaks

Too many boring parts... Overall plot great but it is only circa 60% of the book. Rest makes this a really challenging listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

Another awesome book by Mr T

Plenty of books have the parallel universe thing going, but this is a different beast. Mr Tchaikovsky is an irritatingly good writer. As fun a story as anything else he’s written. Performance is spot on. So many books are spoiled by utter crap narration. But Sophie does an amazing job, and can turn even a mediocre storyline into something worth listening to.

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  • Smithicus
  • 10-10-2020

Awkward Accents and unsatisfying conclusion

The narrators American accent every few chapters was cringe-worthy, and hard to listen to. The ending was an underwhelming damp squib. Disappointing, especially considering some of the author's other works. If you like Tchaikovsky, you will probably enjoy this; it's standard stuff for him; history, evolution, language, spiders, sentences ending in prepositions, technology, humanity's tendency to destroy itself. I just don't feel like this was great, and parts of it were tedious. The interesting bits were underdescribed while ages was spent on snooze-worthy stuff. On the plus side, no awkward scenes, the author keeps it classy.

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  • Dave
  • 01-10-2020

Could not get through this.

Kept hoping this would get somewhere but alas no. I couldn't face the remaining hours and gave up.