Dreams Before the Start of Time

Written by:
Anne Charnock
Narrated by:
Derek Perkins , Susan Duerden

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2017
6 hours 21 minutes
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend—a hungover Toni Munroe—steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating.

In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family?

Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.
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i really wanted to like this more. would probably be more enjoyable as a print book. the future wasn't wild enough didn't do enough to explore the asexual relationship and genderqueer character it introduced. could have done a little less broad "inclusivity" and gone deeper, authentically, in one direction.

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