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METAtropolis Audiobook
METAtropolis
Written by: 
Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder
Narrated by: 
Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, Alessandro Juliani, Stefan Rudnicki, John Scalzi
METAtropolis Audiobook

METAtropolis

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to a world where big cities are dying, dead - or transformed into technological megastructures. Where once-thriving suburbs are now treacherous Wilds. Where those who live for technology battle those who would die rather than embrace it. It is a world of zero-footprint cities, virtual nations, and armed camps of eco-survivalists.

Welcome to the dawn of uncivilization.

METAtropolis is an intelligent and stunning creation of five of today's cutting-edge science-fiction writers: 2008 Hugo Award winners John Scalzi and Elizabeth Bear; Campbell Award winner Jay Lake; plus fan favorites Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. Together they set the ground rules and developed the parameters of this "shared universe", then wrote five original novellas - all linked, but each a separate tale.

Bringing this audiobook to life is a dream team of performers: Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan ("Saul Tigh"); Alessandro Juliani ("Felix Gaeta"); and Kandyse McClure ("Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla"); plus legendary audiobook narrators Scott Brick (Dune) and Stefan Rudnicki (Ender's Game).

John Scalzi, who served as Project Editor, introduces each story, offering insight into how the METAtropolis team created this unique project exclusively for digital audio.

©2008 Joseph E. Lake, Jr., Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2009 Hugo Award nominee, Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • 2009 Audie Award nominee, Original Work

“Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Scalzi and his contributors/collaborators have created a fascinating shared urban future that each of them evokes with his or her particular strengths.... This stellar collection is a fascinating example of shared world-building.” (Booklist)
"This impressive group of writers imagines what happens when the world moves beyond cities as a locus of human civilization. The range of narrators...brings a unique narrative style to the production. Of the five narrators, all well chosen for the stories, Allessandro Juliani proves to be the best with his rendering of Scalzi's piece." (AudioFile)

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    Robert Shelbyville, KY, USA 04-11-09
    Robert Shelbyville, KY, USA 04-11-09
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    "Loved it"

    I could see the future world in the wonderful stories.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    KEPinYYC 01-16-09
    KEPinYYC 01-16-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Pretty good"

    The first and last stories are not the best, but I really liked the three in the middle.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard Saint Louis, MO, USA 10-29-08
    Gerard Saint Louis, MO, USA 10-29-08
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    "METAtropolis"

    Unless you are an pony tail wearing environmental terrorist ,
    or a anarchist you will have trouble finding any plot or reason to listen to this book.
    The Idea that green collectivism is a way of life does not come off as believable.
    Even in a bad work of fiction. There is no convincing or plausible characters in this
    Book. Save your money

    32 of 93 people found this review helpful
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    Laurana 10-30-13
    Laurana 10-30-13
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    "Just not for me"
    Any additional comments?

    I generally love post apocalyptic books but I just could NOT get into this one....the narrators drone...not enough vocal inflection and the stories themselves seem rambling and slightly pointless. I will say I haven't read all of this book....I just could get past the second short story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corwin Idaho 09-24-13
    Corwin Idaho 09-24-13
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    "Thanks, But No Thanks"
    What would have made METAtropolis better?

    This is a collection of several novellas by different authors, set in the same future world. I managed to hear the first story out -- it took an effort of will -- but when the second story started, after about three minutes' worth, I realized I REALLY didn't want to listen to this stuff anymore. The second author sound just as unappetizing as the first.

    I've read Science Fiction for more than 40 years. While there may be some interesting ideas here for a setting here, the authors -- or at least the first one -- really didn't seem to have much sense of what to do with them. The tale he provided was rather "murky," featuring an almost-nauseatingly "perfect" hero -- big, powerful, handsome, exceptionally strong, a natural-born-leader, and all the rest you'd expect in a truly hackneyed tale. A few religious allusions and overtones are thrown in, apparently to try to suggest there is some "deeper meaning" to the tale. The author came across to me as more than a tad pretentious, overindulgent when it came to adjectives, and overly invested in cliched stereotypes. But hey, maybe that's just me.

    Anyway, I made myself listen to that first story, thinking their must be some redeeming quality to the tale. But when it was over, I was left asking the most deadly question an author ever wants to invoke in a reader: "so what?" The first story was a total waste of time, and the start of the second one seemed to be following in its footsteps. Maybe that's not fair, since I didn't hear it out, but if the lead-off story was so poor, is there really much hope for the encore material?


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?


    What I, at least, consider to be bad writing was aggravated by a performer who seemed to be constantly "sitting on the edge of his chair" throughout his delivery. When the writing itself is already overdone, this style of delivery almost seemed a parody.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 05-03-13
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The world you know - sort of"

    METAtropolis is an interesting take on the future - financial collapse causes social reform among other changes. It makes one think about the future and our part in it. Be aware that this is an anthology of short stories - if you like one, you may not like the others. That having been said, the only bad thing I have to say about this book is that there isn't more of it. Its that good. I suggest you listen to it - if for no other reason than it will make you think. Oh, if you did like it - check out METAtropolis Cascadia - its as well written and arguably better performed.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Andenes, Norway 02-26-13
    Amazon Customer Andenes, Norway 02-26-13

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    "Great extrapolative science fiction"

    Great stories set in a common universe, not far from our own in time. You recognize a lot of the metatrends in our society, and it is cleverly thought out 20 years into the future.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-07-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-07-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Only the second last thrilled me"

    The other stories were just OK. I wouldn't say that they were great. The narrators were reasonable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    andrew fredericksburg, TX, United States 10-23-12
    andrew fredericksburg, TX, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2013

    Bibliophile!!!

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    "A Standout Above and Beyond."
    What did you love best about METAtropolis?

    I really loved that they managed to do something different in a time when everything has already been done. As far as anthologies go this one has the most cohesive feeling and make the most united point. It has a valid message that it transmits in a powerful, convincing and even beautiful way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tygr Tyger, I think. Hes the sort of person we tend to look for in real life only because we know they dont exist. If we ever found some one like Tygr Tygr in real life I dont think anyone would trust him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the Completion of Space Ship Detroit. Why I loved this particular scene can really only be explained by personal preference in style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was, And in fact I did. And then I listened to it again. This is one of my very few repeat listens.


    Any additional comments?

    Just give it a try. It may not be your usual thing. But branch out and give it a shot. you may not like the first story or even the second. But one of these will get to you.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CJinMD 07-25-12
    CJinMD 07-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "An entertaining story of a possible future."
    Where does METAtropolis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    METAtropolis ranks in the upper percent of the audio books that I've purchased from Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although many of the characters were well written and filled out, I believe my favorite amongst them was Reggie Stratton. Reggie was near to giving up on the state of the world and was awakened to a new purpose and a new fight in a world he thought was beyond him really caring about.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Many of the narrators were very good in their performance although the first narrator was very difficult to listen to due to his gravelly voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Due to the limitations on my time, I cannot listen to any book in one sitting. Hence my turning to audio books. They allow me to still immerse myself in a story yet not be held in one place and limited to one activity while I'm experiencing the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked METAtroplis and if you did, try METAtroplis: Cascadia.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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