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  • Discordia

  • An Audible Original Novella
  • Written by: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: Andrew Call
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Discordia

Written by: Max Barry
Narrated by: Andrew Call
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Publisher's Summary

Advice: Stay indoors. Remain calm. Avoid roads. Fill bathtubs.

He's a part-time gardener and car thief. She's a murderous nun on a holy mission from another dimension.

Together, they can save the world from a politically charged alien invasion - but only if the world wants to be saved.

From Max Barry, the author of Jennifer Government, Providence and Lexicon comes a satirical speculative adventure for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk.

©2021 Max Barry (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Loved it!

My favourite thing that Max Barry has done since Machine Man. Fantastic voice performance, too!

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Funny and relevant

Well written, funny and very relevant. The narration was well done. I would listen again.

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funny nobrainer

easy nonsense magic/tech to move along the plot and characters. cliche caracters and tongue in cheek. about ideology extremiste and all. yet, it came across as a lot of fun to listen.

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great look at the issues in an unique way

loved it excellent performance the revelation of the stupidity of current narrative, in everything

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  • Gerardo Iván Ascencio Salcedo
  • 2021-10-21

If the Enlightened Centrism meme gained sentience

The writer attempts to satirically skewer all sides of the isle while understanding none. This book takes the South Park view of politics where caring about any issue is unforgivably monstrous .
This leads to one of the books main problems, the protagonist. For if having political opinions is to be framed as immoral and crazy, then our noble protagonist must have no opinions at all. Our hero is a Latino day laborer who also happens to be a part of organized crime (killing two racist stereotypes with one very dull stone) and neither of those things are very important to the plot or his charecterization. He is a man of few words and no internal monologue. Which quickly becomes annoying as his monosyllabic replies and lack of charecterization makes him a very frustrating character to follow. He is a character you are never sure if he's just quiet or dumb but it often seems to be both as he is thrown around the plot haphazardly meeting bad caricatures of various ideologies (or more often caricatures of caricatures of various ideologies). He has the depth of a thinly sliced piece of paper which makes his supporting cast look great in comparison as they have the depth of a puddle on a hot sunny day. All this could be withstood if the writer had something funny or interesting to say. Unfortunately, he does not and not even the performance of a genuinely good voice actor can't save the reader from the obnoxious tedium of his charecters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-14

Narrator is perfect

Fun story, great voices, excellent performance. Highly recommended for everyone. This book was a fun surprise.

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  • Smart, AZ
  • 2021-10-16

Incredibly funny, and the narration is brilliant!

No spoilers: you've probably encountered people exactly like this irl. I know I def have! This is current American society in microcosm - ridiculous, recognizable, relatable. Regarding the Metricists: "I didn't think you do could it. You killed a man for preferring centimeters to inches."

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  • Kevin K.
  • 2021-10-18

Terrific modern social satire

A proper followup to his Jennifer Government style of social satire. I've been wondering for a while how Max Barry would approach this kind of storytelling in our post-truth world. Turns out "brilliantly" is the answer.

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  • J. H. Robinson
  • 2021-10-21

Max Barry is in fine form

Max Barry is in fine form on this one. As usual it grabs your collar and doesn't let go until you're through the fun house mirror and into Barry's wonderfully dark and comic brain. The perfect audiobook for a really lousy day. It'll pick you right up.

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  • Carla T.
  • 2021-10-21

very good, except..

this story has an obvious political leaning which, fortunately, I happened to agree with. However chapter 12 got unnecessarily preachy. Skip chapter 12 and it earns 5 stars.

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  • Gary Gray
  • 2021-11-01

Crazy, well written & great performance.

The writing is totally insane yet reminiscent of Bill & Ted. Very imaginative with twist every page. Characters in situations that bend your mind unlike anyone else in literature. Liked it a lot. And the different voices are impressive & distinct. The protagonist is great and carries the story perfectly. Very enjoyable.

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  • Chris
  • 2021-11-05

OK

You could play a drinking game to this one. Each time you hear “OK,” take a shot. You won’t last long.

This was the first Audible that was difficult for me to finish.

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  • Lance
  • 2021-10-20

Tons of twisty turny fun!

Totally worth the listen, right up the same alley as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and other similar styles.

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  • PostMuse
  • 2021-11-04

Awful narration/weak story

The narrator “performs” the narration, e.g. when the text is “cough” the narrator coughs. So annoying! And gross when he made gum smacking sounds for one character. The story is odd but could’ve been intriguing if not for the narrator.

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