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Publisher's Summary

During the pandemic, our homes and apartments have transported us to new places, different experiences, and changed our understanding of ourselves and others. This collection of 12 tales explores those journeys through the lens of fantasy and science fiction, accentuating the strange and unexpected to reveal the relatable, human dimensions of our continuing migration from what’s normal to a new normal...or even paranormal.

Jonathan Salem Baskin wrote Strange in Place because unusual times call for unusual stories. 

©2021 Jonathan Salem Baskin (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Along with Strange in Place, Jonathan Salem Baskin is the author of eight nonfiction books about the intersections of business and culture and has written hundreds of essays for Advertising Age and Forbes. His first musical, Measurement: A musical experiment about physics & love, debuted in 2019. Baskin is a senior fellow emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He lives near Chicago in a place he's always found somewhat strange.

About the Performer

Ellen Archer is a 2007 Audie Award winner for her narration of ...For the Love of a Dog; a 2018 Audie Award finalist for The Chemist; and a 2011 Audie Award finalist for her narration of The Penny and the multicast recording of Room. She is also recognized in AudioFile’s "Best of" lists for 2016 and 2017 and a winner of several Earphones and Publishers Weekly Awards. Ellen has performed more than 175 titles—many of them New York Times best sellers—and a number of wonderful series, including the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.

About the Performer

Kevin T. Collins is an accomplished narrator with more than 335 titles under his belt. Six of his audiobook performances, including Lone Survivor and Testimony, have won AudioFile Earphones Awards; another, Beautiful Creatures, was honored with a 2011 Audie Award. As an actor, he has been seen Off-Broadway in Made in Heaven and Angels; on TV in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Vinyl, One Life to Live, and What Would You Do?; and in the feature films Detachment, Aunt Rose, ZA: Zombies Anonymous, and Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock.

About the Performer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

About the Performer

Adenrele Ojo is a multi-nominated Audie Award finalist and a two-time Audie winner, has received several Earphone Awards and was one of Audiofile’s Best Voices of the Year 2015. She is a professional actor and has performed in such plays as August Wilson’s Jitney and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (nominated for an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Featured Actress) and The Ballad of Emmett Till (winner of the 2010 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble) both at The Fountain Theatre, as well as the Fountain’s production of Citizen: An American Lyric. Her film credits include Family, Elevate, and Lifetime’s Within. When she’s not acting or recording, you can sometimes find her directing authors, celebrity actors, and other audiobook narrators.

About the Performer

Ann Osmond is a New York-based narrator, actor, and singer who embraces storytelling in all its forms. Her audiobook work spans a variety of genres. Recent titles include the short story collection Floyd Harbor, by Joel Mowdy; Chris Cander’s novel Whisper Hollow; and The Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia, by Gail Weatherill. Theater favorites include the title role in Tamara and The Stonewater Rapture (Fringe First award winner, Edinburgh Festival). Film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Hallmark’s Last Vermont Christmas, Diane, Then Came You, and Peace, Love & Misunderstanding. She has a degree in theater from Stanford University and has studied acting, voice, and dance with a multitude of private teachers. Jazz and cabaret performance venues include The Falcon, Metropolitan Room and Cornelia St. Café

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Covid 19 the it so horror

I didn’t know these were a bunch of covid 19 themed stories I thought it was various stories. I like the first story after that they got boring and weird. I didn’t finish but this makes Amazon not telling me it was a covid story collection kinda sus.

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If you want to get away don't listen

I only listened to the first 2 stories before I cutter it off. They both were covid/riot related. If that's what your looking for this is for you. If you want to escape reality with a good book keep looking

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awful

this is a waste of time. it was awful listening to the news is moring interesting than this book

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Unsettling but cathartic

This is an excellent collection of speculative short fiction, all on the theme of the novel coronavirus 19 pandemic.

It’s at once cathartic, and deeply unsettling. That latter feeling comes less from the strange and quirky events of these stories, and more from how well they capture the confusion, disbelief, and unreality of those first few weeks of the pandemic here in the US.

I’m certainly glad to have listened to the whole collection.

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Consider “Hollow Hilltops”

Stories offer commentary or cautionary tales about people who appear to be the target of the modern media, generally urbanites working on home computers and getting caught up in the discontent fostered by journalists. They’re cast off or first draft sci-fi shorts, each story is independent of the others.
If you might be interested, start with Hollow Hilltops as it holds together well and isn’t dreary as most of the others are.

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Good short stories

Not horror but good paranormal short stories. Some better than others, but overall very good.

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Stupid

A complete waste of time and the electricity to run the device.
I hate not finishing something that I have started so I began to speed up the playback again and again until it was over. it couldn't come sooner.
it's too bad you can't give a zero.

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Excellent listen!

Unique stories, great performing. One of the best Audible Originals I've listened to so far!

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Some of these were funny, some scary…

All were pertinent to our current situation. I don’t know how authors could whip these books out so fast about a topic that is going on right now!
Good though. Not a read that will make you more depressed.

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Horror/Scifi Lovers will Enjoy

This was a good modern horror anthology based on the covid-19 pandemic. The authors of each story did a good job using the fears and experiences many us of had in the beginning of the pandemic during the phase where everything was being locked down, when we couldn't go anywhere, and everything was just unknown. Using these experiences/fears and having a horror twist was creative and a good listen. The stories have a twilight zone type ending and those into horror/scifi anthologies should give this a try. Especially after living through 2020.

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