Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?

Narrated by: Jennifer Bossio
Length: 35 mins
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The last thing Susie expected on the morning after the apocalypse was watermelons. The last thing that Na'ima expected was that one day she would be flying to Mars. But will there be watermelons on Mars?

A collection of three short stories from Debbie Manber Kupfer, author of the P.A.W.S. series.

©2015 Debbie Manber Kupfer (P)2015 Debbie Manber Kupfer

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Fascinating glimpse into a future life

A fascinating look into the life of a young couple who make a huge step into the future, and the steps that led them there, this is an excellent story. I received a free review copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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Mankind's destiny? Oh, I hope so...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Definitely! Beautifully relatable; inviting the reader deep within her details. A deliciously short Sci Fi. Main character development poignant and what would any life be without a pet?

What other book might you compare Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? to and why?

I am the newest fan to this genre! All other selections will have to meet her high standards to earn my loyalty.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Bossio’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first audio book. Where have I been? Ms. Bossio's ability to earn a listener's devotion is a no brainer.

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

Yes, confirmation of my own spiritual journey. It could have been me she was describing in the internal discussion of the Atheist/Christian/Muslim debates.

Any additional comments?

I am thrilled to have won this amazing audio book in a contest, sponsored by BraintoBooks Cybercon, 2017. I congratulate Ms. Mamber Kupfer on her masterpiece-Laura Kester Duerrwaechter, Mary Esther, FL, USA.

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Interesting Read

What did you love best about Will There Be Watermelons on Mars??

I thought it was told in an interesting manner through a series of vignettes. I don't usually listen to or read science fiction books. But, I found I really enjoyed this one. It was a quick listen and I found that I was invested in each section of the story. Though it's short, there was still plenty of character development. If, like me, you do not usually find yourself reading books like this, give it a try anyway.

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Spacey shorts

I was given a free copy of this Audiobook In exchange for an honest review. A couple of short stories that are tied together, you guessed it by watermelons. The first one is told by an atheist talking about the end of the world in Jerusalem and what is happening there and around the world. Another is a great love story in space and how mars is colonized and planted with you know kids and watermelons . I enjoyed this kind of "spacey and detached" book it's short and thought provoking. Definitely a fun read.

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Weird story.

I really couldn't get into this story myself, and had to read it again. All the talk of Watermelons made me think of (sorry) a couple of addicts with the munchies. But still better after the second read.

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interesting

I found this story to be somewhat funny in the invention of the authors mind. The characters and story itself was completely different than what I usually read, found it refreshing.

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confusing

the author does a great job introducing us to a whole bunch of people and their reactions to the so called end of the world, but after introducing them we are suddenly transported to a new couple of characters and what do you know, watermelons show up. I'm sure there's a connection beyond the ubiquitous watermelons between them all, but if so, I'm not sure what it is. good narration though, and it made for a good cheap and short listen. wortn a listen if your between books, just pay cash, not a credit.

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  • KC
  • 01-19-20

Another Great Short Story

There are so many twists in this book it will maintain your interest. There is a well developed storyline that Jennifer Bossio narrates so well. The characters are believable and interesting. You at times feel you're in a twisted sci fi adventure. You have three separate stories in this book that make a good short story collection. When you finish you will wish there was more.

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A well spun story

It's short, but not short on story and characters.

If you are short on time, then this is worth the effort.

A good story strengthened by a great narrator.

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Good For science fiction fans

This is a good collection of stories for science fiction fans, If you enjoy writing that is like a cozy mystery you will enjoy this book. Adorable British narration.

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  • MasterReader
  • 03-06-20

The first native Martian

Story:
Three interwoven stories, all connected with the recuring theme of watermelons and reappearing characters, take the listener first to Jerusalem and then far away, to Mars.

The first story is told by Susie, a young woman, who discovers, the world didn't come to an end, as was foretold. It's not all over and Earth hasn't ceased to exist. Instead, she finds herself at exactly the same spot where she fell asleep, in her flat with her boyfriend.
And now? How to go on, when the end of the world didn't happen?
The second story takes the same young couple to the seaside, as Susie decides, she needs to get out of the city. When they arrive at their destination, Susie feels very thristy and a young girl offers her a watermelon.
In the third story the young girl is now a grown woman and Na'ima is in love, but no one is prepared to wed a Muslim and a Jew and both their parents are strongly opposed to their relationship. When the chance arises for the young couple to be on the first flight to Mars, they apply for it and get in.
Will they finally get married and find a happy future on Mars?

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Jennifer Bossio's narration you will either love or hate. Sometimes her voice turns into a whisper and at other times she pauses where the text wouldn't require it. Personally, I love what she does. I felt the whole time like I was there, walking along a sandy street in the scorching sun and she was walking beside me, telling the story.

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A fine collection of stories, questioning prejudgements and boundaries, as well as challenging "what if". The narration is unusual, but I enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-26-19

Everyone wanted to see the end of the world.

This book of short stories is, quite simp!y, beautiful. Only two main tales, one of waking up in Jerusalem after the end of the world which hadn't happened, the other a love story where, unable to find acceptance on earth, a couple migrate to Mars. The link is, of course, watermelons.
Narration is by Jennifer Bossio, whose pleasant voice delivered the reading with good intonation, but with strange tiny pauses at inexplicable points, meaning that the text did not always flow smoothly and her accent was unusual. Nevertheless, it added to the slightly exotic feel of these unusual, and poignant shorts.

My thanks to the rights holder of Will There Be Watermelons On Mars, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy.

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  • Annette Wright
  • 06-30-15

Interesting idea

I enjoyed this short very much and on many levels. A good sci fi tale.