Orlando People

Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alexander C. Kane, author of the smash-hit Andrea Vernon series, brings his signature humor to the adventures of an unlikely, tenacious new heroine in this fantastic free-for-all.

Gretch Wolgast is a bit of a dud. Just ask her. She’s a 21-year-old college dropout who has a loser job at the mall. Sure, she can lift a tennis ball with her telekinetic powers. But only three feet in the air. And she has to be sitting. 

Gretch is an OP, one of thousands born in Orlando, Florida, in the early 1980s who mysteriously developed the ability to move things with their minds. Unfortunately, she turned out to be the weakest of the bunch. 

Then Shaq left town to join the Lakers, and it's been downhill ever since. 

Now, Gretch’s life is being turned upside down. She witnesses a murder and discovers a wide-ranging conspiracy that could destroy her hometown and all the OP. 

And she might be the only one powerful enough to stop it.

©2019 Alexander C. Kane (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"The story is amazing; it is funny, has heart, contains solid sci-fi, and is an FBI procedural mystery, too. I loved the characters and the performance was perfect."

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About the Creator

Alexander C. Kane’s brand of science fiction is strange, witty, and funny, whether it’s the superheroes-meet-workplace world of the Andrea Vernon series or the telekinetically-tinged mystery of Orlando People. At the heart of all his stories are relatable characters who meet everyday issues head on, and just want to be their best. Alex lives in New York with his wife and children, who possess the supernatural ability to cope with his overactive imagination.

About the Performer

Kristen Sieh has performed on and off Broadway, and in theater festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. is a founding member, writer and performer with the New York City based theater company, The TEAM. Her television credits include The Plot Against America, House of Cards, New Amsterdam, Orange is the New Black, and Boardwalk Empire.

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Surprising and Engaging Romp Through Orlando

Terrific narration of a fun, engaging story. Orlando People kept me guessing, and had me rooting for the characters. For locals it is a great walk thru The City Beautiful. For sci-fi fans it is credible and cohesive. For lovers of Joss Wheddon's work, it's familiar experience of well crafted, misfit characters finding their way against the odds. I will hope for a sequel!

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Great funny and interesting

I love this book! So funny and engaging! I listen to about a book a week and this is the best book I’ve listened to in at least a year! So fun! Hope there is a Sequel!

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Super(natural) fun!

I really enjoyed the Andrea Vernon stories so, despite being a little piqued that it was coming out ahead of AV3, I preordered Orlando People. I am so glad I did. The story is amazing; it is funny, has heart, contains solid sci fi, and is an FBI procedural mystery, too. I loved the characters and the performance was perfect. I honestly found myself laughing out loud and when the book was finished I went right back and listened to chapter 21 again because it was that much fun.

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WOW!!! What a performance & what a book!

I think I found a new favorite narrator - Kristen Sieh does excellent work with the main character, she nails her quirkiness spot on & does great job with differentiating the supporting cast.
I was a bit on the fence about the story before I got this book, Alexander C. Kane is my favorite author based on his previous 2 Andrea Vernon CUP books, so I am really happy I finally got around to getting this book, it for sure exceeding my expectations.
The story is good, but what this book really sets apart are the little quips about year 2004 & Orlando area: there is of course mention to the infamous Razor phone & Shaq/Hardaway in Orlando Magic, but what really made it for me was main character Gretch upset about missing email because switching from yahoo mail to gmail - been there, done that, at that exact time too!
This last bit I actually got on the 2nd listen, I was travelling while listening to this book so missed a few things, but I liked this book so much that I started listening to it again right away, and I am sure I will listen to it a few more times in the future.

So here are my recommendations:
If you like books with great narrations - get it!
If you like Alexander C. Kane books - get it!
If you like sci-fi books with great stories & witty humor - get it!
And if you see this book on sale - DEFINITIVELY GET IT NOW!

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Awesome!

An incredible standalone (probably) book book by Alexander C. Kane, with great characters, really funny, weird world... Great book!

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A sci-fi love letter to Orlando

For children who grew up in Orlando in the '80s and '90s, this book will speak to your childhood. If you are thinking about moving to Orlando, this book perfectly encapsulates the strange mishmash of conflicting cultures that make up the City Beautiful (except for the telekinesis).

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First but not last I will buy from this author!

Hilarious! I loved the wit of the main character and the story had me listening every chance I got! Soon as I'm finished writing this I will be buying another book from him! Can't wait! The narrator was brilliant as well and I'm sure added a bit to the story making it just that much better!

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Loved this book!

I loved this book. The story, narrator and Orlando references made this one of my favorite audible books. Also, the narrator is the best I’ve ever listened to on audible!

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Alexander C. Kane did it again

I am a huge fan of the CUP series so I was a little worried about reading a new series. With that being said, I was worried for no reason. Orlando People, is just as clever, whitty, full of sarcasm, and extremely funny. It is totally different from the CUP series but you will still enjoy it! Alexander C. Kane is a great writer.

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Fun!!!!

What a fun book. So Glad I took a chance on it. Fun and original.

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Funny and Thoughtful

Wonderful book, great world building and character development.

The story flows well, it’s funny, thoughtful in its reflective of the human condition.