• There's No Place Like Home

  • (Warmer Collection)
  • By: Edan Lepucki
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a climate-ravaged future, it’s not easy to grow up. One girl is trying her best in a story about global catastrophe and personal chaos, by the New York Times bestselling author of California.

Thirteen-year-old Vic is of the Youngest Generation, fixed in prepubescence after a catastrophic environmental degradation. She’s also her father’s favorite student. But when he takes his own life, the perennially ingenuous Vic wants to understand why. As she sets out on her quest, Vic begins to learn that family isn’t something you’re born with - it’s something you build.

Edan Lepucki’s There’s No Place Like Home 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 Edan Lepucki (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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DYSTOPIAN

The days of an uninhabitable Earth are numbered decades beyond our time. A bright young girl will never grow up as the harsh conditions will consume the unlucky people who lacked funds to escape the grim eventual reality. The story boils down to the girl's relationship with her recently departed Dad and answers she is trying to get from her Mom.

The only disappointment for me is that I wanted to know how and when the planet would end, even though it would have taken things beyond this intimately well written tale. Narration was excellent.

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Depressing environmental scare porn

I didn't even get past the first 10 minutes. I get it, the earth's future is dire. We should all recycle and ban fossil fuels so we don't end up like these people. I wanted a story, not a ham-fisted attempt to scare people into doing more to combat global warming.

The father was a selfish jerk to commit suicide and leave his family without his much-needed income. Who has a sauna if the world is barely livable because it's so hot? Dumb. The mother wasn't much better. I heard nothing to make me want to spend even an hour of my time on the rest of this. I like the narrator, so it's not her fault. I'd listen to her again.

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There's no place like home

Kind of short, but interesting and good story. I don't have the ability to think of more to say more right now.

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the narrator makes this!

The Warmer Collection, only from audible, is a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by some thought-provoking authors. “There’s No Place Like Home” is written by Edan Lepucki, who has penned “California”; “People in Hell Want Ice Water”; and “Woman No 17”.

This is the third piece I’ve read/listened to about a future in which the author sees nothing but bleakness and a dystopian outcome. (Most recently “Anthem” by Noah Hawley comes to mind.) This little gem is 1 hour and 16 minutes. It’s genre categories include fantasy. I used to think of these dystopian stories as a bit farcical and a bit fantasy. Yet, it seems to plague the minds of some our more interesting authors. So, are these stories fantasy? Could it be our future? There are authors out there that are trying to wake-up the masses to the fact that if we don’t do something about our environment soon, and really soon, our planet will become uninhabitable for humans.

Saying that, this is NOT a diatribe on our current culture. It’s an idea. Author Lepucki uses a young girls voice to tell her story. Narrator Lauren Ezzo is the perfect sweet voice for this quick story. It’s also a coming-of-age story in that Vic, the protagonist, learns some shocking news about her father; he was not the man she thought he was.

I enjoyed this freebee. I would not have listened to it if it wasn’t free, which is a shame. This is a worthy listen, free or otherwise. Thank you GR friends Elyse and Tania for making me aware of this gem.

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sloppy

In at least two places portions of the story were read twice. Which was not an intentional part of the story. The story itself was good. But I don't feel that title was appropriate or related to the story.

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It’s nice to have stories that are relevant but its a bit lackluster. It’s also misguided with the assumption that climate change just causes warm weather and not extreme hot AND cold weather. And although the narrator has a pleasant personality, the cadence is distracting.

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Boring and incomplete story. Don’t waste your time

Boring and incomplete story. Don’t waste your time. Narration is just ok, but she had bad material to work with

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Great story, poor narration

The narration was very distracting for me. The several characters weren't defined properly in the narration. It ruined the mood a little bit.
I liked the story and the setting.

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Great Story, Superb Narration

I really enjoyed this story. Even though the narrator and her family were going thriugh tough times, they were each trying to cope with the circumstances in their own ways. For such a short work, all the characters were very well-developed, and I fekt personally invested in all of them. Very absorbing story. I hope that someday Edan Lepucki expands it into a novel.

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There's no place like home

Very interesting story, Audible was excellent and exciting. It really made the reading easy, and comfortable since I have been having problems with my eyes due to aging. Will always use Audible