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The Prynne Viper

By: Bianca Marais
Narrated by: Genesis Oliver,Shiro Kihagi,Bianca Amato,Julio Monge,Sura Siu
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Publisher's summary

In a futuristic world where predictive software can map out the lives of every living person and their descendants, Naomi Prynne is on trial. The charge: endangerment by way of a pregnancy.

Thirteen jurors will determine whether Naomi is allowed to carry the pregnancy to term, but the jurors are also all plaintiffs, the software having predicted how Naomi Prynne’s child will affect each of them in life-changing ways. Among them: a history professor who has given up on her own dreams for the sake of the greater good; a student participating in his first ever trial who’s about to discover an earth-shattering truth; and a former mathematician, who knows all too well the dark machinations of the state, but is prohibited from speaking out against them. The future of the Prynne Viper - an acronym for “viable person” - is in their hands.

But this Prynne Viper is unlike Naomi’s other pregnancies. This time, Naomi Prynne is carrying a secret, one with the power to alter the future into something incalculable, and therefore, unpredictable. 

©2021 Bianca Marais (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Bianca Marais is the author of two novels, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh. Before becoming an author, she ran a non profit organization in the country of her birth, South Africa, where she worked with HIV/AIDS orphans and their caregivers in Soweto. Bianca teaches creative writing and hosts a podcast called ‘The Shit No One Tells You About Writing’ which is aimed at emerging writers.

About the Performer

Genesis is an actor, VO artist, and DJ based in NYC. Credits include Off-Broadway and Broadway (2018 Tony Award winning revival "Angels In America"). Described as "pitch perfect..." and "terrific..." by the NY Times, Genesis has appeared in acclaimed TV series such as "Little America" and "NOS4A2" as well as, several national TV commercials including ads for SNICKERS, AT&T, KIA & many more.
His voice can be heard in Radio/TV commercials, video games and Audiobooks.
Genesis is honored to be an Audie Award nominee.
Find him on insta: @go.genesis.go.

About the Performer

Shiro is an actress based in New York City originally from Nairobi Kenya. Her love for reading was a great influence in her career path as a voice, stage and film actor.

About the Performer

Bianca Amato has recorded close to 100 audiobooks. She is a two-time Audie Award winner, both for Romance and for Young Adult fiction, and is the recipient of many Earphones awards, including Best Voice for Fiction and Classics in both 2011 and 2015. She is the narrator of Philippa Gregory's entire Cousins' War series of historical novels. Outside of narration, Bianca works as an actor on stage and screen. Notable Broadway credits includes Lincoln Centre’s Tony Award winning The Coast Of Utopia And Macbeth, and notable television and film work includes Warrior, Elementary, The Big C and The Good Wife.

About the Performer

Julio Monge is an experienced New York City based actor and director who has performed on Broadway and off, in film, and on television. Most recently, he played Friar Lawrence in the Public Theater's Romeo y Julieta, a bilingual audio play starring Lupita Nyong'o. He also served as consultant and artistic collaborator for the new West Side Story film, directed by Steven Spielberg, and will be directing the US premiere of Baipás, a play written by Academy Award nominee and playwright Jacob Morales, to be presented at George Street Playhouse (March 2020). In 2017, he was honored with the Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the Puerto Rican Day Parade Committee.

About the Performer

Sura Siu is an Earphones Award winning audiobook narrator and voice actor. In addition to audiobooks, she has lended her voice to notable Disney and Netflix series as well as audio dramas. Sura is of blended Asian heritage (Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese). Being multilingual, Sura has an edge in tonal languages as well as having an ear for the musicality of the spoken word. Her passion is to breathe life into characters, stories and the printed word.

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The future of Birth and Free Will

I periodically dip into sci-fi just to see what authors are thinking when they envision the future. I so enjoyed this novelette/story by Bianca Marais. I highly recommend it to anyone who has asked themselves ‘Does free will exist?’

It seems in this future that the government has determined that there is no place for free will. After all, a computer program to whom (yes, it is an anthropomorphic being) all data is available can determine exactly how every person will behave in life. This determination is made through genetic testing and a study of the patterns of the generations that came before.

While there are pregnant women whose fetuses test ‘positive’ for becoming good citizens if born, others must undergo trials to determine whether their unborn children will be allowed to reach full term and be born. In an additional twist, the jurors in the trail are all people whose lives, futures, or future progeny will be affected, either positively or negatively, by the child in question. So they are both jurors and plaintiffs, which makes for a crazy interesting trial.

The story focuses on the defendant as well as three particular jurors, each quite different from the others. All the characters are well drawn, but I particularly connected with the very old man (over 100 years old) who remembers a different world. He can smell BS at a distance. He is also a mathematician who understand secrets about the algorithm—and why it is imperfect. No spoiler there—as the readers, we immediately are given a detail that shows us how the computer data is incomplete and can make mistakes.

I found this vision of the future very interesting (dare I say possible?). I see that a few of the reviews here suggest this story is much like “The Handmaid’s Tale.” While it has a similar sense of women not being in control of their lives, I think the comparison ends there. This book is not about a fundamentalist religious sect in control, but rather control by rationalism—with complete disregard for the incidental aspects of life that make up so much of who we are.

The narrators also did a great job, voicing each of the characters to make them distinct and relatable. So much to enjoy here!

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It's just so good!

I had a dream I told my high school bully about how much I loved this book. That's how good it is.

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Kind of fascy. not sure if intentional or not

performances are good. seemed to be a thinly veiled anti-abortion screed. Also kind of InfoWars-adjacent. Author actually used "new world order" to describe the post-apocalyptic hellscape the author imagines occurs when people try to put collective good slightly ahead of individual advantage...and still kind of degenerates into "me first" imaginings. I do not recommend.

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Offensive On Multiple Levels

I've listened to hundreds of books on this app but this is the first one I've ever written a review for because it's so bad, I want to warn others. It's offensive if you're a parent, nonbinary, pregnant, anything other than heterosexual, a young man, Jewish, polyamorus, and somehow, both peopple who value pro-life and pro-choice.

The actors did their best to save it, but there's only so much one can do with a terrible script. That and the work of the audio engineers are the ONLY reasons it gets 2 stars instead of one.

The author cobled together the Handmaiden's tale,, a few episodes of the classic Twilight Zone, and the notion that "rich people control everything and are the worst". The amalgamation was a society of forced abortions are the norm of a computer says so.

The characters are one dimensional: 20-year-old guy who likes farts, old man who knows secrets, euradite woman who gave up being a mother and now regrets it, and a thin, pretty, blonde woman who wants to have a baby.

The twist isn't worth it.
If this wasn't free, I'd demand my money back.

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Do we have the right...?

I found this book extremely thought provoking.

Do we have a right to decide if other people should live or die?
How do you estimate the value of a human being? How much power should the state have?
What does it mean to be a human being?
What does it mean to do the right thing?

I don't think a fictional story has made me ask so many questions in quite some time. Would recommend it to anyone--no matter what their answers to the above questions may be.

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fun futuristic

loved it. an emotional rollercoaster of a potential future for humanity. I enjoy other peoples ideas on future rules and regulations.

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Wow

Thia was just an amazing, dweply moving story, although ao short. Great cast too.

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Cartoonish view of liberal politics

I don't know the author's actual political positions, but this story projects the most cartoonish, uniformed stereotypes of liberal politics into the far future. Just starting from the fact the government is always referred to as "The State", which is a staple of right-wing and libertarian anti-liberal rhetoric, but also in the way things like having a binary gender or white skin are explicitly treated as if they are undesirable, and that a foetus has been given the term "Viper" (for VIable PERson), the world built in this story sounds like it was imagined by people posting on 4chan at 3am.

That said, the narrative, such as it is, is interestingly told and does get you invested in the resolution of the story, and the language is mostly well-crafted, which is why I give the story 3/5 rather than a lower rating.

I rate the narrartion 3/5 because most of the readers do a good job with their characters, but on the other hand more than one of them mispronounces words (someone who is supposed to be a man well over the age of 100 doesn't know how to pronounce "jalopy", and later pronounces the name of another character as "de-bore-ah" even though the name is pronounced correctly by the voice actress who actually reads that character. Partially this is the fault of the voice actors, but also this is bad production/editing work, as it should have been caught and fixed by someone even if the actors missed it at first.

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Loved everything about it

So so good. awesome short story i wanted more. Great view into a different world

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Stunning

Reeling at how amazing this was. The story and writing are wonderful and the narration performances lift it to another level. I’d give it more stars if I could.

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