• The Body Scout

  • A Novel
  • By: Lincoln Michel
  • Narrated by: Greg Chun
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this “timeless and original” sci-fi thriller (New York Times), a hardboiled baseball scout must solve the murder of his brother in a world transformed by body modification, perfect for listeners of William Gibson and Max Barry.

In the future you can have any body you want—as long as you can afford it.

But in a New York ravaged by climate change and repeat pandemics, Kobo is barely scraping by. He scouts the latest in gene-edited talent for Big Pharma-owned baseball teams, but his own cybernetics are a decade out of date and twin sister loan sharks are banging down his door. Things couldn't get much worse.

Then his brother—Monsanto Mets slugger J.J. Zunz—is murdered at home plate.

Determined to find the killer, Kobo plunges into a world of genetically modified CEOs, philosophical Neanderthals, and back-alley body modification, only to quickly find he's in a game far bigger and more corrupt than he imagined. To keep himself together while the world is falling apart, he'll have to navigate a time where both body and soul are sold to the highest bidder.

Diamond-sharp and savagely wry, The Body Scout is a timely science fiction thriller debut set in an all-too-possible future.

A New York Times Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novel of 2021

"I devoured it." —Jonathan Lethem

"Completely weird and still completely real. Delightful—I couldn't put it down."—Shea Serrano

©2021 Lincoln Michel (P)2021 Orbit

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Great sci-fi take on baseball

Great narrator. Funny, dark and fast paced. Many baseball references though not about baseball. Actually book and narrator did a good job on baseball play by play so that it all worked smoothly in the overall detective story. Explored characters well. Several twists I didn’t expect.

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Body Scout Soars

The future is upsetting but fascinating. Read it and try to believe that every institution has your best interests at heart.

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Great concepts and narration…lacking in depth.

The future imagines by the author is like a fever dream of genetic mutations and feels a little cyberpunk at times and a lot dystopian future at others. Sometimes it’s too much or conceptually not possible or described inaccurately (I’m a hard sci-fi guy) but it’s also being told from the point of view of somebody who wouldn’t necessarily know all the details so I’ll forgive that.

The story moved along at a fast pace and I was never bored. I just wanted a little more. Some time this felt like it was trying to be a mix of different stories or writing styles. Others it just clicked. All that said I still enjoyed the hell out of it.

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loved this fast paced book.

great read and fabulous narrator!! This book is not just for Sci-fi lovers. The author has a unique writing style with lots of humor intertwined in a dystopian although not unbelievable future.

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Wow!

What a ride! This is such an evocative and exciting story. If you like sci-fi or film noir, this book is for you.

I loved it.