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You Feel It Just Below the Ribs

By: Jeffrey Cranor,Janina Matthewson
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter,Adepero Oduye
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A haunting, provocative novel, You Feel It Just Below the Ribs is a fictional autobiography in an alternate 20th century that chronicles one woman’s unusual life, including the price she pays to survive and the cost her choices hold for the society she is trying to save.

Born at the end of the old world, Miriam grows up during The Great Reckoning, a sprawling, decades-long war that nearly decimates humanity and strips her of friends and family. Devastated by grief and loneliness, she emotionally exiles herself, avoiding relationships or allegiances, and throws herself into her work - disengagement that serves her when the war finally ends, and The New Society arises.

To ensure a lasting peace, The New Society forbids anything that may cause tribal loyalties, including traditional families. Suddenly, everyone must live as Miriam has chosen to - disconnected and unattached. A researcher at heart, Miriam becomes involved in implementing this detachment process. She does not know it is the beginning of a darkly sinister program that will transform this new world and the lives of everyone in it. Eventually, the harmful effects of her research become too much for Miriam, and she devises a secret plan to destroy the system from within, endangering her own life.

But is her “confession” honest - or is it a fabrication riddled with lies meant to conceal the truth?

A jarring and uncanny tale of loss, trauma, and the power of human connection and deception, You Feel It Just Below the Ribs is a portrait of a disturbing alternate world eerily within reach, and an examination of the difficult choices we must make to survive in it.

©2021 Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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captivating

the more this story went, the more information I wanted to know (probably unknown to the speaker). Elevator pitch: A "Nurse Ratched" type indirectly brings about a "Brave New World" type world situation. The audience is left with a big question at the end, which I won't spoil.

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great story

good listen. the narrators were entertaining and goes along perfectly with the podcast, within the wires

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Great view into the Within the Wires universe

The narrator of this novel was a perfect fit for the story. highly recommend to any lover of the strange. This novel ties together the Within the Wires universe and answers many questions and leaves the listener with a few more.

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My god this is beyond a masterpiece.

Everything about this story, preformance, the meta narritive is combined to become one of the most compelling stories I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

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Book of the year!

This book is incredible and I'm now having the deepest book hangover I've ever had in my life. I can't wait to go re-listen to the podcast with all that I've learned. 5 stars

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Compelling into creepy.

A compelling life story turns disturbing in the best way. The ending seemed rather abrupt I'm comparison to the rest of the story, but it worked within the narrative of the narrator. The "notes" were utilized incredibly well to flush out the world and provide context as well as exposition. The story itself definitely achieved what it was trying to, making me feel sentimental or intrigued, and then turning over and giving me chills or a sense of paranoia. An outstanding piece of fiction over all.

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I loved it!

This was perfect.. it was all the history needed to bring the reader up to date for season 1 of Within the Wires. Beautifully written and compelling.

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another wonderful and creative work

makes me want to go back and re- listen to all the podcasts, but in "chronological" order this time..

I love the layers of unreliable narrators. It really keeps you on your toes.

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The Lost Season

Wildly compelling. The book itself is a triumph and the audiobook launches this text into the realm of being a standalone season of the parent podcast, Within the Wires. The interplay between the narrator and meta-narrator is engaging and effective, if sometimes difficult to pinpoint what the footnotes are referring to exactly. This is an book I'd recommend to be experienced as an audiobook, because it elevates the experience through Potter & Oduye's performances. Potter's turn as Miriam Gregory reminds listeners of the complex triumph of Rima Te Wiata's performance as Roimata Mangakāhia from the very excellent MUSEUM TOUR season (#2) of Within the Wires.

This was truly excellent.

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First audible book I’ve ever quit halfway

I love Jeffrey Cranor’s work on nightvale. Love the books and podcast: this book is hyped on the podcasts so I bought it: it’s amateurish, uninteresting in setting, and you need to know the podcast it’s based on to understand it. They portray it as an alternate universe fantasy… it’s an unpleasant wwii procedural followed by any rand/meets 1984.
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Incredible addition to the podcast

This books is phenomenally engaging, and approaches the idea of an unreliable narrator in a unique and fascinating way. I was enthralled through the entire length of it, Which is getting harder and harder to do these days