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FKA USA

A Novel
By: Reed King
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Peter Ganim
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Reed King’s amazingly audacious audiobook is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Douglas Adams’ A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. 

 In Reed King’s wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the US has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president.    

It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown 407 (formerly Little Rock, Arkansas, before the secessions), has no grand ambitions besides maybe, possibly, losing his virginity someday.  

But when Truckee is thrust unexpectedly into the spotlight, he is tapped by the president for a sensitive political mission: to deliver a talking goat across the continent. The fate of the world depends upon it. The problem is - Truckee’s not sure it’s worth it.  

Joined on the road by an android who wants to be human and a former convict lobotomized in Texas, Truckee will navigate an environmentally depleted and lawless continent with devastating - and hilarious - parallels to our own, dodging body pickers and Elvis worshipers and logo girls, body subbers, and VR addicts.        

Elvis willing, he may even lose his virginity.  

FKA USA is the epic audiobook we’ve all been waiting for about the American end of times, with its unavoidable sense of being on the wrong end of the roller-coaster ride. It is a masterwork of ambition, humor, and satire with the power to make us cry, despair, and laugh out loud all at once. It is a tour de force unlike anything else you will listen to this year.

©2019 Reed King (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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"An epically concocted apocalyptic vision of America in all its faded glory." — Kirkus

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Awesome narration!!! Very inventive. If you like futuristic sci-fi mixed with dark comedy regarding the human existence!

Awesome narration!!! Very inventive and colorful! It reminds me of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn set in the future, traveling through a broken and polluted techno “river” that once was the United States. If you like futuristic sci-fi, dark comedy regarding the human existence, juvenile horniness, mixed with some very dark premonitions regarding the future of the USA... listen to this!

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LOL funny satirical dry commentary on current trends (past only emphasized re: The South) in places. Inconsistent and perhaps overreaching attempts to address race and immigration through imagined future surrogates. Overall, a rollicking romp in the style of some 70’s books, with crazies, as in “A Confederacy of Dunces.“