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Station Eleven (Television Tie-in)

Written by: Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse—the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Now an original series on HBO Max. Over one million copies sold!

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Look for Emily St. John Mandel’s bestselling new novel, Sea of Tranquility!

©2014 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the critics say

National Book Award Finalist

Winner of the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, and Entertainment Weekly, Time, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minnesota Public Radio, The Huffington Post, BookPage, Time Out, Book Riot

“Deeply melancholy, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac . . . A book that I will long remember, and return to.” — George R. R. Martin

Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn’t have put it down for anything.” — Ann Patchett

Editorial Review

Celebrities are a staple feature in our lives today, but what if the world was to end? The premise of the demise of humanity brought forth by a pandemic is nothing new, but the nuanced and uplifting tone of Station Eleven offers a welcome departure from the typical apocalyptic dystopia.

Emily St. John Mandel, a Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted Canadian author, explores the question: What would happen to the arts if civilization as we know it ended? In Station Eleven, she provides a glimpse of a post-apocalyptic travelling theatre, where small communities of survivors have kept the music and the arts alive. Mandel flicks back and forth in time and between characters, following how their lives change in the wake of the pandemic, and eventually interconnecting their seemingly unrelated stories. Though their lives will never be the same, artists and actors continue to pursue their passion even in seemingly impossible circumstances.

Station Eleven has been widely acclaimed by critics for its originality both in terms of storyline and writing style, earning a place in the National Book Awards finals and a spot on The New York Times Best Seller list. Thanks to its popularity, it has been adapted and aired as a ten-episode miniseries on HBO Max.

The narrator of this outstanding audiobook, Kirsten Potter, is a three-time AudioFile Earphones Award-winner and lends her voice to Station Eleven. Her stable pace and beautiful tone make this an unforgettable listening experience.

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Zombies would have made this story MORE realistic.

Zombies would have made this story more realistic. The writing and prose was of a high quality but the story was eye-rollingly cliche with nothing new or fresh to offer the genre. Every single character was beyond insufferable, I didn't care what happened to any of them. i rooted for death for the protagonists because they deserved it and in the end I didn't make it half way through this colossal disappointment.

The performance was also just mind grating terrible. The whole project was insufferable.

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Fan. Friggin. Tastic

Loved this book! It is set in a post-apocalyptic world that still enjoys the arts and I am a fan of that! The whole story was amazing, I would definitely give it a read! #Audible1

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Perfectly Prescient

Maybe starting this audiobook during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 wasn't the smartest decision but if I was worried a book about a flu pandemic sweeping my country (Canada) would make me anxious, I was wrong. The beautiful written book actually eased a lot of my anxieties about the end of the world but showing me that no matter what, people find a way to make community. The book was clever, well-written, and complex both emotionally and technically. I loved it!

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Kind of Lame

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t. It only really surface touched the topics. Not enough real story.

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No point

I failed to see the point of the book. People who crossed paths with each other before the end of the world ended up crossing paths again years later after the end of the world. There save yourself the 10hrs and the credit because that is the story.

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Not recommended

I rarely give up on a book. Just could not go on any longer with this one. Certainly should not be in the Sci-fi category.

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A Dystopian Future - A very creative story!

This book felt unique to me, and very real. I loved the dystopian theme, and the characters. At times the loose ties between all characters felt confusing, and there are definitely plot lines and background information that is not brought to a close. However, overall, it is certainly worth a read. The ending is lovely.

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Great book ! Only negative : not long enough !

Great book ! Only negative: not long enough!
Make sure to read or listen to the book before the Minnie series - the Minnie series is very good as well

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Not your typical apocalyptic story

I’m not usually a fan of this genre but this story was fascinating. The way the character’s lives revolve around each other and the insight into humanity’s resilience and weaknesses made this a page turner for me. I loved the Canadian content.

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Great read

It was really well written
Reading it in 2023 makes a real difference on what I took from it.
All the little moments we take for granted…make the moments count
Would highly recommend

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