• At the Bottom of New Lake

  • (Warmer Collection)
  • By: Sonya Larson
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 49 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A girl growing up in Cape Cod explores the collectible debris of a once-perfect world she’s too young to remember. But as the past resurfaces, so do old questions about her place in society.

To Chinese American teenager Chuntao, New Lake is a beautiful haven where she can hunt for treasures once swallowed up by a big flood. But when she’s caught scavenging by her biology teacher, a woman whose own past has been swept away, Chuntao is faced with an imponderable question: Which world was better - the ideal one she never knew or the destroyed one that now belongs to her?

Sonya Larson’s At the Bottom of New Lake is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breathtaking sitting.

©2018 Sonya Larson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Yikes

Wow what an awful and pointless story. The characters and events that occur just make no sense.

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  • 12-04-18

couldn't finish it

The narrator was so difficult to listen to. I couldn't finish the book because the whiney character was frustrating to listen to.

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Too much teenage angst

Lake idea was interesting, but found story hard to listen to because it was heavy on the angst (exacerbated by narrator).

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click here for teen anger and angst

The voice actress was great. However I can't say so for the story. It is dripping with teen anger and angst. If that is your thing then you may like it. Main character lurches from one rage topic to the next. Story got so depressing for me I had to stop 2/3 of the way through.

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Great concept

The bitter teenage angst is hard to endure. By the end of the story, I understand why she doesn’t care about climate change. It could have been a 5 star story, but whiny teenagers are insufferable.

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Was not ready for this "girl loves girl" storyline

I stopped listening just a few minutes in, as I was not prepared for this storyline, of girl loves girl. Wish this had been in the description. I don't know if this is a good or bad author or speaker, I just don't choose to listen to stories like this.

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Boring

Boring and hard to relate story line. Over the board performance. Hints of lgbt and poverty not compelling.

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Yeah, not much to say about this one...

Can't say that I enjoyed this short story. To be fair short stories and me are always gonna be iffy, and this one didn't cut it.
As always Emily Woo Zeller's nuanced performance was exemplary!

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Good story.

This was something that I don't normally read but I enjoyed it. I recommend it!
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Yup

Very visual aided by the narrators clear, emotional voice. And the story is spot on with generational perspectives, relatable educational criticisms and ethnic and economic consequences in context of climate change, Basically - it quickly and effectively captures the horror story in which we are living. Would be a good resource for a classroom.

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  • needbetterheating
  • 10-07-21

Thought provoking short story

I'm not big on short stories but I came to this because of #badartfriend. I liked it! The love life issues not so much, but the teacher figure and the exploration of privilege was spot on. We all know someone who talks about the world like this, completely unaware ofhow they come across to others, or that the things they are saying are based on assumptions that just aren't always true. Listening to the story was a great way to spend 40 ish minutes and left me with many things to mull over.