• The Employees

  • A Workplace Novel of the 22nd Century
  • By: Olga Ravn
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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The Employees

By: Olga Ravn
Narrated by: Hannah Curtis
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the International Booker prize, The Employees reshuffles a sci-fi voyage into a riotously original existential nightmare.

Funny and doom-drenched, The Employees chronicles the fate of the Six-Thousand Ship. The human and humanoid crew members complain about their daily tasks in a series of staff reports and memos. When the ship takes on a number of strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew becomes strangely and deeply attached to them, even as tensions boil toward mutiny, especially among the humanoids.

Olga Ravn’s prose is chilling, crackling, exhilarating, and foreboding. The Employees probes into what makes us human, while delivering a hilariously stinging critique of life governed by the logic of productivity.

©2018, 2021 Olga Ravn & Martin Aitken Gyldendal (P)2022 New Directions Publishing Corp.

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Didn’t find the humor BUT …

It was actually haunting (imho) the text stayed with me, it made me uncomfortable (in an existential sort of way.)

Not the best thing I ever listened to - BUT - it is worth the time and the discomfort.

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Very sad, terribly depressing

Not exactly what I need to read at the moment. The author must be a very unusual person to write such a dreary tale.