by Arkady Martine

Narrated by Raquel Beattie

Unabridged — 4 hours, 12 minutes



by Arkady Martine

Narrated by Raquel Beattie

Unabridged — 4 hours, 12 minutes

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Basit Deniau's houses were haunted to begin with.

A house embedded with an artificial intelligence is a common thing: a house that is an artificial intelligence, infused with a thinking creature that is not human? That is something else. But now Deniau's been dead a year, and Rose House is locked up tight, as commanded by the architect's will: all his possessions and files and sketches are confined in its archives, and their only keeper is Rose House itself. Rose House, and one other.

Dr. Selene Gisil, one of Deniau's former protégé, is permitted to come into Rose House once a year. Until this week, Dr. Gisil was the only person whom Rose House spoke to.

But even an animate intelligence that haunts a house has some failsafes common to all AIs. For instance: all AIs must report the presence of a dead body to the nearest law enforcement agency.

There is a dead person in Rose House. Rose House, having completed its duty of care and informed Detective Maritza Smith of the China Lake police precinct that there is in fact a dead person inside it, dead of unnatural causes-has shut up.

No one can get inside Rose House, except Dr. Gisil. And someone died there. And someone may be there still.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Martine’s soaring, crystalline prose evokes Shirley Jackson’s Hill House if designed by Frank Gehry. She builds a twisted cathedral of story and fills every inch with equal parts beauty and a creeping, inescapable sense of wrongness. Readers will be floored.”

Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“Tight and unsettling...a story that’s stylish, discomforting, and strangely believable... Rose/House is a freaky love letter to architecture, weird and otherwise.”

—Jake Casella Brookins, Locus

“[Haunting of Hill House is] a hard act to riff on without simply producing a lesser version, and yet Rose/House manages it dramatically and delightfully.”


“While a mystery story raises questions in order to answer them and reset order in a disordered world, Rose/House deconstructs that process and reassembles the pieces into something other – or perhaps Other. The spirit that haunts this story is not that of the locked-room puzzle but something stranger and not at all reassuring.”

Russell Letson, Locus

Praise for A Memory Called Empire

“A mesmerizing debut . . . it left me utterly dazzled.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Exquisite . . . a compelling journey with a rich world and fascinating characters”

The Los Angeles Times

"Interesting, detailed, lavish."

The Wall Street Journal

"[An] all around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it."

—Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

"In A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine smuggles you into her interstellar diplomatic pouch, and takes you on the most thrilling ride ever."

—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All The Birds in the Sky

"[A] gorgeously crafted diplomatic space opera . . . Readers will eagerly away the planned sequels to this impressive debut."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Politics and personalities blend with an immersive setting and beautiful prose in a debut that weaves threads of identity, assimilation, technology, and culture to offer an exceedingly well-done sf political thriller."

Library Journal, starred review

"This is both an epic and a human story, successful in the mode of Ann Leckie and Yoon Ha Lee. A confident beginning with the promise of future installments that can't come quickly enough."

Kirkus, starred review

MAY 2024 - AudioFile

Raquel Beattie narrates a dystopian horror novella with subtle elements of mystery. Rose House, both architectural marvel and sentient AI, has contacted the China Lake Police regarding a dead body within its walls. Beattie creates a wholly unsettling persona for Rose House, giving just enough menace to the flat AI tone that the unnatural state of its existence is forcefully driven home. Dr. Selene Gisil, the only person allowed inside Rose House, and Detective Maritza Smith must unravel the truth about what has happened. Beattie's portrayal of Dr. Gisil's panic at the situation she finds herself trapped in and Detective Smith's slow dawning horror drive the eerie tone of the story home. All in all, a performance that will linger. K.M.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160190839
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication date: 03/05/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
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