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Publisher's Summary

The Company was a powerful, efficient, and monstrous insurance organization that controlled the entire world, scientifically regulating everything in life: war, epidemics, one-a-day food pills and test-tube sex...all through the use of its patented, terrifying human deep-freeze vault.

Claims Adjuster Wills, a great believer in the Company, begins to have second thoughts when he meets beautiful and sorrowful Rena, whose radical father lies in a frozen subterranean vault.

©2008 Wonder Audiobooks (P)2008 Wonder Audiobooks

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Is your apocalyptic insurance policy up-to-date?

I liked the different twist on the end of the world. The insurance industry to the extreme

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I IISTENED WITH ONLY HALF MY MIND

I am a big fan of Pohl and would give him five stars for several books, including Gateway, The Space Merchants, Starbust, Jem, The Voice of Heaven, etc. This book was very slow and hard to get in to. The narrator was no help. This follows in line with his idea of large corporations taking over the world. In the case it is insurance companies. I like how he explains how people can be brainwashed from birth. The company tells them they have eradicated war, yet there are wars, they have eradicated disease, yet the main character's wife dies of disease and still he believes in the company. We can see examples of this in today's world and perhaps it was going on in Pohl's time. If this opens anybody's eyes that is great, but as a story it was just to boring. Get Space Merchants, it is a similar theme and is entertaining.

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World government by an insurance company

Preferred Risk by the writing duo of Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey is a 50's era tongue-in-cheek vision where the threat of nuclear war and all the attendant cold war geopolitical machinations have been neutralized by a giant insurance company taking over global governance and controlling everything by addressing all sorts of 'risks.' An innocent claim adjuster is brought in for a recently limited nuclear exchange and finds himself in the middle of an insurgency while at the same time, he learns that not all is what is seems on the company side.

Preferred Risk is your basic new world order gone awry where a 1984-style society has been established, in this case by an insurance company. Exactly how this has occurred is never outlined other than the company's approach to addressing risks comprehensively is viewed positively. Nuclear annihilation and radiation fallout are prominent threats. There is also cryopreservation of humans for medical purposes, but this is abused. In the end, this is your standard megalomaniacal nutjob trying to take over the world.

The narration is fine with reasonable character distinction. This is a short listen and moves briskly.

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THIS IS SO RIDICULOUS IT IS GARBAGE

What a bunch of trash writing and a butchering nimrod of a narrator!!! This is one of the top 3 worst writers ive ever heard. This writer is ignorant of physics and has no idea of how to write a coherent and logical story!!! Stupid stupid stupid and the main character is so foolish that a normal human would never be that dumb! This is an embarrassment to writers every where.

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Another prescient story....

....from the great sci fi writers of the past. If I'd listened to this five years ago, I would have thought it was a bit of a stretch. Now, it sounds like tomorrow's news.