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Summary

Rob, a professional debunker, is watching yet another performance by a supposed psychic. But as she calls forth the spirit entity known as Isus, another voice suddenly interrupts. And this one is so unexpected and so real, even the hardened skeptic finds he can't help but believe.

This engaging, humorous tale of the beyond won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

©2005 Connie Willis (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novella, 2006

"Highly enjoyable, somewhat educational and will leave readers happy at the end." (Publishers Weekly)
"Irresistible entertainment." (Booklist)

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Entertaining novella.

This is the first book I have read by Connie Willis. She writes in an easy style and the story is interesting and keeps one interested. A debunking journalist's beliefs are questioned when one of his deceased debunking colleagues is 'channeled' through one of the charlatans he is trying to expose. All in all it is a short, fun listen which I would recommend.

My only real criticism is that the debunker-couple are so entrenched in their beliefs and there intent to debunk that when all the indications, after extensive evidence and research, point towards a genuine contact with a spirit, they continue to debunk and even conceal the truth. Makes them a bit stupid in my opinion. But this will not stop me looking for other titles by the author as I think she is very good. The narration was excellent too.

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I had Miss Willis Passage and quite enjoyed it so I bought this. I had to return it, I just could not listen to it anymore.

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  • Linda
  • 15-05-08

Terrific, but too short

I have just discovered Connie Willis after reading "Not to Mention the Dog". The author tweaks just a few small things about everyday life to make an interesting and sometimes funny semi-fantasy, a sort of "what would happen if...." This book was great fun and kept me interested throughout. I'd advise not wasting a credit on it due to its short length, but wait until there is a sale and buy it. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Vincent Tume
  • 21-10-08

An engaging story with a humorous plot twist

If you've never read any of Connie Willis' short stories (as opposed to her excellent novels) you owe it to yourself to give "Inside Job" a listen. This story is easily among her best (so far) and the reading by Dennis Boutsikaris is excellent.

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  • Ellen
  • 19-06-08

A delight!

I love Connie Willis. This is not a major work but it is so much fun. Worthy.

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  • Sassbot
  • 07-07-09

Fun Paranormal!

This was a quick and fun paranormal fiction piece. When a new psychic act comes to town, ex-actress Kildy decides that her boss needs to see the show. Rob, a journalist and professional skeptic doesn't do channelers with Kildy's nudging it goes to a performance. In the end, he gets more then he bargained for and maybe the story to end all stories.

The dialog between Kildy and Rob make this novella. It was a fun and witty listen that has convinced me to pick up more by Connie Willis.

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  • Cristiano
  • 17-06-08

Good title for a roundtrip

This is a nice book for a roundtrip. It's small, interesting and fun.

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • 18-05-12

A Silly Witty Treat

Love Connie Willis and I adore this shorter book. It's about what happens when spiritualists go real. Too funny and way too wonderful.

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  • Monika
  • 28-12-11

Not what I expected but entertaining

After having read mostly Connie Willis "Timetravel" novels before, the plot was a bit one-dimensional and the character of Kildy remained unbelievable to me.
This said, I enjoyed the reading a lot after I adjusted my (too) high expectations for this much shorter novella. Dennis Boutsikaris did a good job differentiating the characters and the dialog between Rob and Kildy sparked and drove the story. One of the highlights for me are always the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

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  • Victoria
  • 10-01-22

Good listen

Enjoyable story and well written. Looking forward to discovering more of her books. Glad I bought it.

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  • Dubi
  • 26-12-21

Clever and Fun but Too Short

Famous early 20th century wit H.L. Mencken is being channeled by a new age charlatan. A skeptic journalist and his beautiful movie star assistant have to figure out if it's really the spirit of Mencken or an elaborate ploy to dupe the gullible masses.

Connie Willis's award-winning novella from 2005, perhaps rendered somewhat obsolete it our current post-truth era where it wouldn't even matter if the channeling was real or fake, is still a lot a fun, with excellent narration, but it's still too short, ending rather abruptly.

For me personally, this tasty morsel does restore some of my faith in Willis -- I loved her novel Bellwether, which covers some of the same ground as Inside Job, but I totally abhorred Doomsday Book. Now I want to give her another chance (though maybe not returning to the Oxford series).

I'd go full five stars with this novella, except that Willis passes up a chance to really take a deeper dive into Mencken, who may or may not have been a serious racist and anti-semite -- in all of the time spent trying to determine if the spirit is really him, asking him about his complicated views on race is never considered.

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  • Tory Thai
  • 23-12-21

Worth $1 I spent on it. It's a complete story.

This was cute and short.

The writing was so good and totally worth the $1 I spent on it. I got this for a good deal and glad I did, if it wasn't so cheap I probably wouldn't have picked it up as I'm not a fan of novellas but the sale I got it on helped me try something new.

This really managed to tell a full story in its short amount of time and I totally see this being a light comedy twilight zone type episode.

It's not laugh out loud funny by any means, i dont think it even made me chuckle but the tone was humorous which I appreciated.

The plot was fantastic, intriguing and totally sold me to want to see this through as to what happens.

Even with the time constraints it even did an amazing job with character building. I totally felt like the characters presented were well written and easily recognizable.

Wish it was longer though, and maybe a sliver more exciting. It's good writing but just not something I'm going to remember very long as nothing particularly stood out.