Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 21 hours and 46 minutes
Author R. F. Kuang
Narrator Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Billie Fulford-Brown
Audible.ca Release Date August 23 2022
Publisher HarperAudio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B09MV99FHR
Best Sellers Rank #624 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Alternate History Science Fiction
#2 in Alternate History
#7 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)

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This is a masterpiece. R.F. Kuang put so much love and research into this book, and it really shows. I loved diving into language and translation and the politics surrounding them. The different languages in the book were so fascinating to read about, and it was interesting to learn explore their etymology and history. The story depicts the reality of academia and explores colonialism, racism, sexism, oppression, and revolution. This is a very layered story with a gripping plot that forces you to think about the world and how you see it. The character work was phenomenal. They are nuanced, relatable, and wonderfully written. The world building was exquisite, and it was very easy for me to visualize everything as I read. The magic system is unique, creative, and clever. I am in awe of how Kuang constructed this profound novel and the work that she put into it.
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