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What’s the Human Future?

Week 2 of AudiobookSYNC 2017 features a pair of eAudiobooks that take us into possibilities for the future of humanity. Both have been popular in audio since they first became available, and every new listener can quickly understand why.

Since its publication in both print and audio more than 15 years ago, the status of Feed by M.T. Anderson has only grown in the worlds of both teen lit and sci-fi. There is an important audio element here in addition to the voice acting of its stellar full cast performance: that chip implanted in the head of each human in this future provides ongoing instruction—and static. The use of such an enhancement to deliver what the print book can only describe in words speaks to the power of audiobooks. 

Another speculative investigation of the human future is brought to us in the cult favorite by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The wonder of the author’s imagination and carefully crafted passages emerge through Stephen Fry’s reading, with color, light, and action all made vivid in words alone. This performance will delight Adams’s fans, and it offers listeners new to this corner of the galaxy everything they’ll need to become fans as well.

The future has a lot of problems humanity is likely to face. But these titles also provide important reminders that heart, ingenuity, and humor aren’t going to disappear, and that these human qualities will remain important as we face that future head on. We’re in good company for that with Titus, Violet, and the rest of the characters in Feed, and the array of sentient beings peopling The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/11/2017! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep.

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(Adapted from What’s the Human Future?)

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