Emergency Skin: Forward Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
2020 Audie Award Winner for Best Science Fiction
Audible narration by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)
What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award - winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy.
An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: A graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind - hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out ages ago. After all this time, there’s no telling how they’ve devolved. Steel yourself, soldier. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare.
N. K. Jemisin’s Emergency Skin is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 4 minutes|
|Author||N. K. Jemisin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 September 2019|
|Publisher||Amazon Original Stories|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 58,646 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
114 in Genetic Engineering Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
162 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
203 in Literature Anthologies
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I wasn't a huge fan of the second-person perspective. Drew me out of the story at times. Not sure why. Maybe just not used to reading from this perspective.
Made me think of the tongue-in-cheek Ursula Le Guin quote: "every so often somebody writes a story in the second person under the impression that it hasn't been done before," but maybe I'm being mean spirited!
I wanted both! New horizons & to love the dirt we stand on. But we can't do that any of that if we're always fighting. We won't ever truely progress unless we work together!
This story has solidified my feelings to that sentiment... All you folk out there with your fancy high tech & high ideals: go build your ships, evacuate this rock. We'll be just fine with each other, some trees & some beautiful Earth ❤️
Top reviews from other countries
The writing format is unusual but very effective, if a little clunky at times. The A.I.'s comments and outbursts are often amusing in context and the whole is a clever indictment of present day politics. Narrator Jason Isaacs does an excellent job of providing voice both for the A.I. and for the others encountefed. Well paced and nicely modulated, also, his was a good performance.
A fun, far futuristic short story, which pokes fun at present day circumstances, if a little over hopeful about the furure. Nothing wrong with that: we all need a little more hope in our lives.
Emergency Skin is a brilliant short story written by N. K. Jemisin as part of the Forward collection. It is written from an interesting point of view of an AI interface focused entirely on the explorer’s mission, giving him commands and guiding him through Earth. It is a confident and self-righteous voice, and his narration contains offensive comments. I listened to this story as an audiobook, and Jason Isaacs adds to it with his very dramatic performance. I would recommend this story to everyone, especially the audiobook.