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Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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"Oh my god. I love your accent."
"It was truly beautiful that day."
Learning about flotsam and jetsam.

  • Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • "Oh my god. I love your accent."
  • Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • "It was truly beautiful that day."
  • Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • Learning about flotsam and jetsam.

About the Creator and Performer

Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and the host of the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, and co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, and has appeared on 2 Dope Queens and Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. Her critically acclaimed essay collection Maeve in America has been featured in People, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, and more. Maeve co-hosts the climate justice podcast Mothers of Invention with Mary Robinson.

About the Creator

Shaina Feinberg is a filmmaker from New York City. Her six-part series, Dinette, was produced by BRIC Arts Media and premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It has played queer festivals around the world and was shouted out by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV writer Emily Nussbaum in The New Yorker. Shaina’s second feature—the award-winning film, Senior Escort Service, blends nonfiction and fiction and is a comedic meditation on grief. In June 2019, Shaina was named 1 of 25 filmmakers on the rise by Indiewire.

About the Performer

Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce, and star in her own network sitcom, Cristela, for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between LA and NYC to serve as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show, The View. In 2017, Cristela made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is available on Netflix. Cristela’s memoir, Music to My Years, will be released by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

About the Performer

Award-winning actress and producer Alysia Reiner is best known as Natalie "Fig" Figueroa on Netflix’s series Orange Is The New Black, for which she won an ensemble Screen Actor Guilds award. Reiner joined the cast of HBO’s The Deuce in season 2 and has a reoccurring. You can see her in all 3 seasons of FX’s critically acclaimed Peabody Award-winning Better Things. Her motherhood dark-comedic feature, Egg, which she produced and stars in with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

About the Performer

Cole Escola, a comedian, actor, and writer, was named one of the 2014 OUT100 and Time Out New York's Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers. Cole played Matthew on Hulu’s Difficult People, where he also served as a writer. He played Chris on Man Seeking Woman on FXX, and recurred on the Netflix series Girl Boss, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle and the truTV series At Home With Amy Sedaris, for which he is also a staff writer. Cole wrote on the Broadway Video series The Other Two for Comedy Central. He was also the co-creator, writer, and star of the lo-fi cult-hit television show, Jeffrey and Cole Casserole. Other TV appearances include Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, and Smash. He originated the role of Bridget Everett's fetus in Rock Bottom for The Public Theater in a performance Variety referred to as "heroic." His sketch comedy show, The First Gay President sold out every performance and generated buzz and praise from the likes of Paper Magazine and Lena Dunham. Cole most recently ran his wildly popular solo show, Quick! Pretend I’m Asleep!, across the country.

About the Performer

Karim Nematt is an Arab-American actor based in New York. He graduated from Pace University School of Performing Arts in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He has appeared in such films as Mossad, Gap Year, and The Jar.

About the Performer

Carlos Ibarra is an actor, writer, director, and producer. He has appeared in various film, television, national commercials, and theater productions. Selected television credits include The Good Cop, Adam Ruins Everything, and Dora the Explorer. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of Arts. He is an avid runner and successfully ran across America in 2015, making him the first Latino to complete this feat.

About the Performer

A scion of Haitian musical royalty, Paul has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy-nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories are of rhythm and sound. Moving to New York as a youth, he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism, and history meet. Paul has played alongside some of the world's best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne, and Bob Weir.

About the Performer

Anton Obeid is a multilingual New York-based theater and film actor, known for his TV roles in shows such as Law & Order: SVU and Blue Bloods and big screen appearances in films such as The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen and Beirut with Jon Hamm. He is a graduate of Columbia University with masters degrees in computer science and chemistry. Anton also studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. Other film credits include Last Night, 36 Saints, The Lobby Writer, Front of House, Good Days Bad Days, and Happiness. His recent theatre credits include Le Problème. After a 20-year career in investment banking in New York, London, and Hong Kong, Anton decided nine years ago to pursue a career in acting. He is passionate about his new career, which he believes is an honest means of creative expression. When not acting, Anton enjoys fencing, tennis, swimming, sailing, and skiing. Accomplishments include skiing the French, Austrian, and Italian Alps, sailing the Magellan Strait in Patagonia/Tierra del Fuego, hiking the Arctic Circle, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. He also survived a civil war in his home country of Lebanon. Anton is proficient in English, Arabic, and French.

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An honest look at immigration, emotional, funny

An honest, in depth look at immigration to the U.S. As it is today with some harsh truths thrown in for good measure. The work is well written with a compelling cast of fictional characters that are unique and flawed in very human ways. While the work is excellent it IS to some extent very liberal. I would enjoy more audible works along these lines dealing with the other side to the debate as well. Still an excellent production that will make you pause and reconsider.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Aliens with exceptional skills

Great audio book. Outstanding character accents & environment sound effects compliment a great story on a contemporary story.

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Well done!

The only reason I gave it four stars was the musical interludes were too long.

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A wonderful new genre ... audio telenovela.

superb vocal characters and oh so important topic, plus awesome music interludes. you will laugh and your heart will hurt.

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Ought to be a TV series.

Even though I found the chapter transition music irritating and I didn't agree with all of the immigration political agenda. I agree we should treat all people with respect as a country too. I felt deep character identification and as if I were part of the story. I look forward to a sequel with what happens to Sadie.

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Just not for me

I think was well done and it seemed interesting enough... but I somehow was confused and expected it to be about space aliens.... I just didn’t have the heart to keep listening to what I’m sure would have turned into a poignant and sad story. It had great sound effects and an interesting cast, but I just couldn’t...

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