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METAtropolis: Cascadia Audiobook

METAtropolis: Cascadia

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Audible Editor Reviews

It’s the 2070s. The United States is no longer united, and the breakaway territory of Cascadia in the Pacific Northwest has created its own myths and realities. In this sequel to the first METATROPOLIS anthology (2008), six award-winning science fiction writers share a brash, finely detailed world. Each narrator is a recognizable Star Trek series alumnus. This is a bonus, especially in the cases of Wil Wheaton’s reading of "Byways" by Tobias Buckell and Gates McFadden’s reading of "Confessor" by Elizabeth Bear. Their voices are so familiar that they envelop the listener in the fascinating unfamiliar territory. It’s like listening to old friends tell new tales. These are well-crafted novellas about a brave, new near-future.

Publisher's Summary

This provocative sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars.

As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large.

METAtropolis: Cascadia is the creation of Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Jay Lake; Mary Robinette Kowal, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; New York Times best-selling author Tobias S. Buckell; Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear; Aurora Award winner Karl Schroeder; and critically acclaimed author Ken Scholes. The team of narrators is any Star Trek fan’s dream: Rene Auberjonois (“Odo”); Kate Mulgrew (“Capt. Kathryn Janeway”); Wil Wheaton (“Wesley Crusher”); Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”); Jonathan Frakes (“Cmdr. William Riker”); and LeVar Burton (“Geordi La Forge”). Jay Lake, who also served as Project Editor, introduces this stunning sequel, written and produced exclusively for digital audio.

Check out the original METAtropolis here.
Learn more about the narrators and authors at the METAtropolis: Cascadia microsite now.

©2010 Joseph E. Lake, Jr., Mary Robinette Kowal, Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Ken Scholes (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Deep Reader 05-20-13
    Deep Reader 05-20-13

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Not as good as the original METAtropolis"

    I got this after listening to the original METAtropolis, and my expectations were higher than they probably should have been. It didn't excite me as much as the original did, probably because the thrill of discovering something new wasn't there.

    Overall, it's still worth listening to. The world is fleshed out, even if some of the characters felt like caricatures compared to the characters of the original.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glen A. Murie 12-02-10
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    "Disappointing"

    I should have known better when I didn't see either the original readers or John Scalzi associated with this project. In this sort of collection the editor has a strong influence over the course of the stories. The replacement of the original readers with Star Trek cast when no less than four characters were recycled from the previous Metatropolis was a very bad decision.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-28-10
    John Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "METAtropolis: Cascadia"

    Great narration but very weak story lines. A great disappointment. I actually regret buying the series. That is a first for me.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 12-06-12
    Elle OREGON 12-06-12

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Even better than the first Metatropolis"

    As someone who lives in "Cascadia", I can really see this as a potential for my grand-daughters future. They are 19 and 7 and I suspect the world they will live in is going to be much different than it's been. As for me, I've been a recycler hippy/greenie/recycler since the 1950s and as far a I'm concerned, we should have been living this way for the last 50 years and not doing so is what will lead to the dystopian future as discussed in the two books in the series.

    All the stories are interesting and some are better than others. Johathan Frakes (Reiker from Star Trek) is a very bad narrator but LaVar Burton and
    Wil Wheaton are both great. I love Wil Wheatons narrations of John Scalzi's novels. If you haven't read them, give yourself a treat-most are very funny...gut laugh funny even with Scalzis inability to write dialog without "He Said" 'She Said" and it happens in his piece in the first of the Metatropolis anthologies. But you get used to it.

    I'm going to share these with a few family members-I think they will enjoy them a lot.

    I encourage them for those who want to think about a potential new future that could be in our not so distant future!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the next step for us."
    Where does METAtropolis: Cascadia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's ranks with 'The Road' where your captured without needing to know the entire back story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of METAtropolis: Cascadia?

    Learning of how patent law is heading us to this world fast.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Get ready this is the future at the rate were going.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John P. 11-16-11
    John P. 11-16-11
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    "Liked it!"

    I liked it a lot; enough to buy the other one. Liked them both a lot. Loved how the other one has so many different stories, but they all relate.

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    C. Paget London 11-29-10
    C. Paget London 11-29-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I guess it's a penalty of getting actors to read books aloud, they often want to act. As a listener all I want is clarity and PUNCTUATION, both of which are in variable supply here. As an example, one of the most irritating things is where a reader changes scene without even pausing for breath, maybe they think that the dislocation is fun, but it's just annoying.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    WendyA 01-13-17
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    "Makes you think"

    Of particular interest to me were the first few stories that presented a features about this future world that are both scary and fascinating, that seem invasive to my present day ideals but which might be normal and even helpful to a future culture. Definitely makes you think, and a few of the ideas challenged me. The stories themselves aren't as engaging as the first book, but it's still a good read. If you haven't read the first book, definitely do. I started listening to this one and realized I didn't remember important details about the original "Tyger Tyger" story, so I went back and listened to it again, then started Cascadia over.

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    jeff 12-15-16
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    "I really wish they'd make a fourth book"

    I've been a fan of the book since they made the first one and it's been a great series hopefully they make another

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    Margaret 11-14-16
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    "Good Narrators, but hard to follow concept"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because others may like the style, just not for me,


    Would you recommend METAtropolis: Cascadia to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to friends because I don't believe you should judge a book by reviews.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None actually, I was more excited to finish the book because I had no clue what really was the point of it all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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    "Futures to aim for rather than avoid"

    Take the finest organic creative talents, stew them over an apocalyptic dystopia, then carefully refine and mature in optimism. Stir in a balanced amount of green and blue sky thinking. And you'll have Metatropolis: Cascadia.



    As the follow-up to the original Metatropolis it benefits from the lessons learned there. A tighter geographical focus and a shared backstory that ties in several pieces.



    A capable crew of narrators; all of whom are Star Trek alumni, adds a little more geek credibility to garnish the dish. And the duties are ably handled. There is one common ingredient to the stories and it's a rare one. Hope. In sci-fi there's a lot of endless boots stamping on faces that the protagonists have to fight; here that boot has landed, moved on and this is what happens afterwards. Quite a while afterwards.



    This means some of you are going to hate it. That's okay. The two key pieces for me are The Bull Dancers by Jay Lake which ties into the backstory more so than the others. And the fascinating Water Into Wine by Mary Robinette Kowal. Don't let anyone tell you that Viniculture isn't fertile ground for speculative writing.



    Overall a fine body of work and one which I hope will bear further fruit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hoerbuch-fan
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    "Lots of SciFi goodness"

    I thought it would be impossible to top the original Metatropolis, but Cascadia does it - in spades. There is a greater unity to the stories - all set in a plausible near-future in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. Jay Lake's opening story and Ken Scholes' closing story are especially connected, and provide perfect bookends. The added bonus is terrific narration by some of the most memorable actors of the Star Trek franchise. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite, but you can't go wrong with the likes of LeVar Burton, Kate Mulgrew or Wil Wheaton. A great listen all around!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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