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The Hillside

(Warmer Collection)
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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After bringing Earth to ruin, the age of humans is over. It is a blessing for some in this tender and tragic cautionary fable from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres.

Now the Congress of Animals is in control, unforgiving, and debating the fate of the planet’s most reviled species. The popular ruling: exterminate humankind without exception. But a curious mare, coming of age, is making a case for a seemingly gentle person she longs to save - a wish for mercy that could once again unbalance the new and righteous nature of the world.

Jane Smiley’s The Hillside is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breathtaking sitting.

©2018 Jane Smiley (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • FJC
  • Cambridge, MA
  • 08-22-19

Showing is better than telling

Probably the only interesting setup and plot line in this series. Thankfully devoid of an enumeration of the fallout of climate change and the modern human life style.

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Eye Roll

A testament to tree-hugging, horse loving, animals-are-supreme naivete. Spare yourself the exasperation and skip this one.

Bahni Turpin was excellent, as always.

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Intriguing concept but very depressing,

Had potential, so it’s a shame. The story concept could have gone in so many other directions

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Fun romp through alternative future

Animal rule, humans drool.... or something like that. A cute brief examination of a future world where animals (particularly horses) are in control and humans are subject to the whims of a council of animals who decide their future. #alternatefuture #fun #shortstory #womenlit #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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I loved this powerful fable...

To think that I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy this dark collection. True this is the first story that I've listened to so far, so not a fair sampling yet, but I really loved this powerful fable... And the narrator Bahni Turpin was the perfect choice to tell us of Plucky' fate...

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Totally Enjoyable Yet Sad

The story was very good. Imaginative and well written. The narration was good. I really enjoyed it and will probably listen to it again.