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Emergency Skin

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Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Audible narration by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)

What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy.

An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind - hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out eons ago. After all this time, there’s no telling how they’ve devolved. Steel yourself, solider. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare.

N. K. Jemisin’s Emergency Skin is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2019 N. K. Jemisin (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Emergency Skin, by the award(s)-winning Jemisin, is part of a sensational project called Forward, which brings together six writers, each telling a story about Earth’s imagined future.” --Spine Magazine

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NK Jemisin is a genius

The prose on this one was interesting, as you never hear the voice of the protagonist. Like always, the author explores the things we take for granted in our society. It's a good intro into the author's work of you're unfamiliar.

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One you must download!!

loved it!! must get audiobook. highly recommend. Enjoyed this better than any in the series

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 09-30-19

Forward Collection

This was also one of my favorite stories in the entire Forward collection. I like how it was told and I loved the concept of getting rid of those with a sense of entitlement. Very well done.

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Blown away!

The amount of inventiveness and detail in this story is staggering. Pride excellence. I want to read the written version because the plot sometimes went too fast for me to catch everything. I will definitely listen to this audiobook again.

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Intriguing thought, marvelous storytelling

Very funny approach to tell everyone how far they can reach with there behaviour.
Be considerate to your surroundings.

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  • Mark
  • Berlin, MA, United States
  • 12-04-19

Hilarious Look Back at Our Time

I've read quite a bit of N.K. Jemisin, but I was not prepared for how funny this story was. It was political satire at its finest, showing the extrapolations of two fields of thought, and taking prime punches at the current dominant one.

This story will anger all the right people.

If I have any complaints, it's that I figured out what was going on before the big expository reveal, so that part dragged a little for me. But if I hadn't seen it coming, I would have appreciated that and possibly listened to the story again, to see how it fit.

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pretty good

Nothing spectacular. Seems the narrator can do only two voices, so the 4-5 characters of different genders and age in the story all sound like either a British aristocrat or an Alabama hick... the two voices are good though, just needs more range.
The Audiobook is still worth listening to, it's good.

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loved it!

what a great idea for a story! The narrator did an excellent job! makes you think

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every person should read

this book should be in the classrooms for the teenagers growing up maybe it'll open some eyes to the new generation of life that we have on this Earth this is definitely an eye-opening book it's not to be missed

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loved it o<br /><br />

really liked it and I look looking forward to some of the other stories buy this author

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  • Diane Severson
  • 09-26-19

Absurd, subversive, fun

I really, really enjoyed this short story! It’s hilarious. Using absurdity Jemisin illuminates a hopeful attitude of how we could change our world for the better. I listened to the audio book narrated by Jason Isaacs who is nothing short of brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

NK Jemisin is actually a genius

Everything she writes it’s brilliant—the prose is accessible, yet complex and layered if you are prepared let it take you deeper. So when I saw this short story on audible, there was no question I would add it to my library! Jason Isaacs performs it beautifully, this was a joy to listen to. Will re-listen again for sure, wish I could give it 10 stars!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

Just TERRIBLE. dont be tricked..

Didn't realise it was only 1 hour long. I wasted a credit on this. This is my genre but it was unlistenable. I am an idiot.

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  • Susan
  • 10-08-19

Stunning reading

Great story, unbelievable reading. In the hands of Jason Isaacs I suspect this story is more powerful as an audiobook than as text.