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The President's Brain Is Missing

A Tor.Com Original
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The question is, how can you tell the President's brain is missing? And are we sure we need it back?

©2010 John Scalzi (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Great title. Plot could have been better

I was fascinated by the title. That was the best bit. The plot was a bit silly and lacked depth. The performance was very poor. The narrator stressed “x said” more than the content of what they said, making it hard to focus on the content.

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  • Ijw
  • 18-10-2019

not what you think

Published in 2017, the story isn't what you expect from the title. So just stop thinking that.
Instead it's kind of a clever what-if, which is what all good science-fiction should be.

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  • David Sewell
  • 05-10-2019

Has its moments, but not Scalzi at his cleverest

I was hoping this story might have some of the conceptual inventiveness of the Locked In books, but no such luck. One imagines Scalzi coming up with the title as a play on the novel/film "The President's Plane Is Missing", and then whipping up a plot just to fit the title. It's moderately entertaining and worth the low price of admission, but unless you're a reader who just plain needs to read everything John Scalzi publishes, you won't be missing anything by passing it by. It doesn't help that the narrator doesn't handle the dialogue tags at all well.

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  • Kelly A McDermott
  • 15-09-2019

Not my cup of tea (Kelly SAID)

Maybe this could have been ok (Stein SAID), but I just couldn't get passed the narration (Alex SAID). I thought the storyline was cute (Alex SAID), maybe it was just too short ( Stein SAID). BTW, (Kelly SAID), you'll understand this review better after you read this. If you can get through it...(kelly whispered)

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  • Michael
  • 19-11-2019

Funny, but not his best work

This is a very short, tongue-in-cheek, Sci Fi novella. I did laugh at a few lines. At 47 minutes it is not a major commitment. Perhaps poking a little fun at US politics.

The narration was excellent and fit the story quite well.

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  • Ocean State Prime
  • 13-09-2019

Worth a buck

It's a short story, but not an especially clever one. Kind of brainless. Ha, ha.

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  • mix579
  • 17-09-2019

Dreadful

John Scalzi? As in Scalzi of Redshirts? Lock In? Agents to the Stars? Old Man's War? I guess there must be more than one author called John Scalzi because I can't imagine *that* John Scalzi* wrote drivel like this. There was nothing gripping, exciting, funny here. Even the basic idea was "what? seriously?", it just made zero sense. To make things worse, most of the book is dialog, and after a million "blabla. Jim said", "blabla. Jane said", you can't help but want to smash your car player next time the narrator says "...said".

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  • Stine
  • 07-11-2019

review of preformance only, my own opinion

I'm sorry, but the finality the narrator uses each time he says 'Jefferson(or any other name) said' bugs the jeebs off me! I love Scalzi so much, but this story, I will have to consume in written form. I only got about five minutes in before my toes were so curled I had to stop for risk of injury...I remember nothing but a cork and that darn Jefferson...

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  • Thomas
  • 30-09-2019

cute

fun little tale.
a fun little romp into the possibilities of advanced technology.
worth the time

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  • Jean Philippe F Launberg
  • 26-09-2019

Light-hearted listening

Funny, creative, story ideal for when driving home at the end of the week. Gets you in the right mood for the weekend.

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  • Bobby Rogers
  • 23-09-2019

Fun short story!

Yet another great story by John Scalzi, even as short as it is. Very well developed and even sounded plausible in a funny way! PJ Ochlan did a great job narrating it as well!

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  • Tom
  • 29-08-2019

awful narration "he said"

Narrator sounds like a robot every time he says "he said" /"she said"/"X said". this happens at the end of almost every sentence making this impossible to listen to.

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