Borne (audiobook)

The Borne Series, book 1

Read by Bahni Turpin
12.2 hrs • 10 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/Science Fiction
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 04/25/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 04/25/17 9781504779746
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 04/25/17 9781504779760
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In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company―a biotech firm now derelict―and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump―plant or animal?―but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts―and definitely against Wick’s wishes―Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.

“He was born, but I had borne him.

But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

Review Quotes

“Creepy and fascinating.”

Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Imaginative, open-ended, provocative, and gritty, this is a challenging novel, and Turpin’s memorable performance highlights the outstanding world building, lyrical prose, authentic characters, and richly layered story line. Turpin’s clear and thoughtful reading guides listeners through the book’s complexities, clarifying language and ideas and revealing its heartfelt center: What does it mean to be human?”

Booklist (starred audio review)

“A story of loving self-sacrifice, hallucinatory beauty, and poisonous trust…there’s enough allusiveness in this story to satisfy a whole conference of literary critics…these heady delights only add to the engrossing richness of Borne. The main attraction is a tale of mothers and monsters—and of how we make each other with our love.”

Washington Post

Borne, Jeff Vandermeer’s lyrical and harrowing new novel, may be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory…VanderMeer…outdoes himself in this visionary novel.”

Los Angeles Times

“Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it’s a thorough marvel.”

Colson Whitehead, National Book Award–winning author

“Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game…Something more than just weird fiction: weird literature.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“VanderMeer delivers a work of dystopian ecofiction that will appeal to fans of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, albeit with a weirder sensibility. The language is lush and playful, with surreal touches, such as the building-sized bear that wanders a ruined landscape, attacking the sparse human population.”

Library Journal