Normal

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.40 hours)
Product Number: Z100125906
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427279835
Narrator/s: John Hodgman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller audiobook straight out of the very near future-by an iconic visionary writer Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks. For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the abyss gaze takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest. When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis's Normal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future-and the past, and the now.

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Author(s): Warren Ellis
Original Publish Date: Nov 29, 2016

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CD
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Author(s): Warren Ellis
Narrator(s): John Hodgman
Product Number DD28731
Released: Nov 29, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427279859
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Author(s): Warren Ellis
Product Number EB00606953
Released: Nov 29, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374712631

Professional reviews

"Humorist and former "Daily Show" correspondent John Hodgman narrates the latest techno-dystopian thriller by Warren Ellis. Adam Dearden has been admitted to Normal Head Research Station, a secluded rehab facility for futurists and intellectuals who've suffered mental breakdowns. After Adam's arrival, another patient mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind only a mass of writing insects. Amid the threat of a complete lockdown, Adam and his fellow patients investigate the disappearance themselves. Hodgman grabs listeners with the surreal opening line--"Hand over the entire Internet now and nobody gets hurt"--and infuses an appropriate blend of sarcasm and bemusement throughout. It's not all played for laughs, though. Hodgman also captures the sinister atmosphere bubbling just below the surface. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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