• Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis

  • A METAtropolis Story
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The only thing Benji lacks more than ambition is luck. And his new job has to be the lowest of the low. But something is stirring in the zero-footprint economy of New St. Louis. And Benji’s about to find himself chin deep in the muck!

This story was originally published in the Hugo Award-nominated METAtropolis.

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Best story in METAtropolis

Of course, a few of them were drivel, but this story was outstanding, even on its own. Liked it so much I bought the stand alone version.

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Great short story by Scalzi

I have to admit, it took me 5 tries to get past the first 5 minutes. My brain just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for the start of this story. But once I settled in, it became evident that it was another great short story by Scalzi. I love the world building intermixed with the social and ethical issues that we face today. Now I need to find the whole book to see how this fits in. Had a Margaret Atwood vibe that I enjoyed.

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Pigs, Who'da Thought?

Humor, imaginatively created society. Dystopian political structure without being a downer. The good stuff of sci-fi.
And pig poop.

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Cute and well worth the free price

Wish the story was longer. Loved Lunch the Pig! Anything by Scalzi is a thumbs up from me!

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Really excellent reading

This is a fun short story with an unexpected hero. Very well written and extremely well performed by the reader.

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Way too short.

I wanted to keep this storyline going, and going, and going... Scalzi understands smarts** and writes it so well that I feel __acknowledged__ and (in this case) not just accepted, but celebrated. Thank you for writing this, John. Also need to to say that Juliani's narration is perfect. It could not better.

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...and Scalzi hits it out of the park again!

OK I loved it and I loved the narrator Alessandro Juliani--this was a new narrator for my experience with John Scalzi. He is equal to Wil Wheaton and the other Scalzi reader on Audible whose name I regret I do not remember however I can remember his voice and I really appreciate him too.
My only complaint about this particular book is that it was way too short. (As mentioned I listen to John Scalzi. Therefore I would like to listen to him longer!) That said the plot line is really excellent and works well within the short time frame. Really well.
If you haven't treated yourself yet to his work, go for it with this one. It has all of the Scalzi's trademark qualities of humor, fun insights, funny sarcasm (but never too much), and always a twist at the end that does not disappoint.
And if you like this, then the sky is the limit because thank goodness this particular writer happens to be prolific.

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Great short story

Very entertaining listen! Alessandro is one of my favorite narrators and he makes this cute, interesting, sci fi story that more intriguing.

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i’ve completed the entire series

i loved the paths the different authors wove the stories into one i loved this series it was fun

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A hoot

Wonderful tongue in cheek Scalzi. Or how to make pig farming hilarious. You may find yourself on the bottom rung but brains are still useful.