"You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me."
A short story about the universe.
©2009 Andy Weir (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Purchased the book with part of my $10 listener reward this month. I'm glad I did. It's definitely worth the few dollars and small investment of time. I can't wait for Andy Wier's next full length book.
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First let me admit that it is going to be very difficult to write a meaningful review of The Egg. Being 8 minutes long and all. I first saw this story on some unknown website somewhere. I read it, got goosebumps all over my body. Read it over and over and over. Shared it with my friends on all the social sites. Read it out loud, sorry R.C. Bray, to my wife. I was mesmerized.
Not sure if there is some sort of underlying religious stuff hidden within, as I know nothing of religion other than some people hate it and others love it.
Where the magic lays is how every word spoke to my soul, or my spirit, or my subconscious, whatever you want to call it. It made me start asking questions about the meaning of life.
Beautifully written, thought provoking, Weir is a master of putting words together.
Even though it probably took you longer to read this then this story is long, and it definitely took me longer to write it. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. There will be the two of us dollars expense on an audio production in awhile.
R.C. Bray delivers every word seamlessly. While managing to differentiate the two characters. I love how you can throw any book at him and he will perform it like there is no other.
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When I started listening to this short story and I do mean short...8 minutes, I didn't have many expectations. Who can really write anything of substance that lasts 8 minutes? The answer - Andy Weir can. This is a thought-provoking story and just cements the knowledge that Andy Weir is a fantastic writer.
R.C.Bray's performance is brilliant as ever. If anyone can make you believe what you are listening too, especially in 8 minutes, it's Bray. The writing and narration really compliment each other, so much so, I'm going to listen to it again, right now.
I really enjoyed this story. It also made me think deeply about my place in the universe. What might be possible. I liked it.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Don’t waste a credit but for $2 this is well worth it.
This was a very funny, and very, very short story.
I was literally laughing out loud the whole 8 minutes.
This is not too deep, but really fun.
It reminded me of Mark Twain’s humor.
The writing is great, as is the narration.
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The story is short, but is so powerful, and really made me question some very beliefs I have. Andy Weir did a great job with this book
The "God" character
Thought provoking story to make you question the meaning of life.
If you have not listened to Andy Weirs "The Martian" narrated by R.C. Bray go buy it immediately!!! Also put RC Bray in the search box and see his other titles he has narrated. They are all phenomenal!!!
Absolutely. Well written, concise, and thought provoking.
I enjoyed Andy Weir's unique take on humanity and its purpose in the universe.
I've listened to a few other narrations by R.C. Bray - "The Martian" (also by Andy Weir) and the first two books in the "Fortress Britain" series. R.C. Bray is performs consistently well in all of these books - and "The Egg" is no exception.
The premise was interesting, but it was more of a case that I "could do it" in one sitting since the book is only 8 minutes.
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Well, I'll be honest, I bought this not just because it was on sale for under a dollar but because I liked The Martian so much I wanted to hear/read anything else I could by Andy Weir. And there WAS a tiny bit of food for thought here....a bit more than a crumb, but less than a small appetizer. Think smaller than a delicious hors d'oeuvre, smaller even than a canape......think an olive. Yep, that's about right. There is exactly one small green olive's worth of food for thought in this story. Without the pimento. So please consider that before buying. The writing is excellent.
RC Bray's narration was nearly perfect, however (I say "nearly" because on at least one occasion, he apparently forgets which character he is voicing, and says a line of dialogue in the deep voice of God instead of the higher-pitched, more tremulous voice of the recently deceased mortal).
nicely read. very relaxing voice. and an interesting idea. but, I still feel an 8 minute rendition can't be classed as a book. nor a story. it's barely a page! and I genuinely think this should of been FREE. perhaps as a taster... for the main event? which maybe Andy should write. based on this idea, he could write a super Novel I'm certain. so... come on Andy... let's write something thought provoking, and interesting about this God? who is he? where's he from? and if one soul is EVERYONE in this universe. who is the soul in the next universe? and the next, and the next? there is a higher purpose here... tell us your thought's on it, make it at least a 10 hour book. and maybe, just maybe this idea will be snapped up by Ridley Scott too! but I doubt he can do much with 8 minutes..
"An odd but interesting look at life."
I got this after riding the high from the Martian, while it is utterly different I am not disapointed. 8 minutes, what do you have to lose?
"Very cool little short story, with a nice premise."
Not at all what I had expected, but left me with a nice feeling, and is worth a listen (though 8 minutes for the money is a rip off...)
"Good but for £1.31 nGood but for £1.31 no no no no"
Good but for £1.31 no no no no only 8 min I hope this does not become a trend
a very cleaver concept that puts a different perspective on the meaning of life !!
The meaning of life the most fascinating short story I've ever read. I very highly recommended it.
"Short but sweet"
Really enjoyed it the concept thought it was very interesting. A nice teaser and I get that's the point. just wish there was a full length book.
An interesting 8 minute snippet, describing the kind of philosophical SF conceit that Arthur C Clarke et al would have popped in to a book of short stories. Of course it's well-written and beautifully told - but £1.92p's worth (more for new subscribers)?
Sorry Audible - this should have been a freebie taster. It truly is a teeny weeny rip off I'm afraid.
An interesting idea which I believe could be expanded upon as the story is over all to soon. A good performance by Mr Bray as always.
I really enjoyed the Martian so thought I'd give this a whirl.
Really it was odd - nowt nor sommat, as they say. I wish that I had listened to the sample - as I would have realised that it wasn't for me. The book is actually only 8 mins long - so the sample does give a real indication of whether or not one would enjoy it.
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