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The President's Brain Is Missing

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Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 47 mins
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Summary

The question is, how can you tell the President's brain is missing? And are we sure we need it back?

©2010 John Scalzi (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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awful narration "he said"

Narrator sounds like a robot every time he says "he said" /"she said"/"X said". this happens at the end of almost every sentence making this impossible to listen to.

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JOHN said, ALEX said

arghhh,!I like John Scalzi and his story telling, but this was utterly infuriating! The only way they've denoted that words are coming from a person is with so-and-so said, and for some reason, really emphasising their name. I had to listen to this very short story in two parts, I was so annoyed by it, and I nearly lost my mind by the end (no pun intended).
I think John Scalzi's work developed further after this was written, and I certainly prefer his more recent writing, which has considerably better dialogue in.

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A good man but an hypochondriac.

Short, snappy in the usual stripped back Scalzi style, The President's Brain is Missing is a fun read but not one of his best. The humour is there; so too, is the repetitive 'he said', 'they said ', 'someone else said', which is fine written on a page but can be intrusive read aloud.

P.J.Ochlan performs well as the narrator and the concept is a good one: the idea of the President finding it odd that he was unable to duck his head under water when having his morning swim, and feeling 'lightheaded' in the shower is delicious.
John Scalzi never really disappoints, and this was fun

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Excellent fun!

A short sly funny story... absolutely plausible 😜 the narration is spot on. Have a listen 👍

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  • David Sewell
  • 05-10-19

Has its moments, but not Scalzi at his cleverest

I was hoping this story might have some of the conceptual inventiveness of the Locked In books, but no such luck. One imagines Scalzi coming up with the title as a play on the novel/film "The President's Plane Is Missing", and then whipping up a plot just to fit the title. It's moderately entertaining and worth the low price of admission, but unless you're a reader who just plain needs to read everything John Scalzi publishes, you won't be missing anything by passing it by. It doesn't help that the narrator doesn't handle the dialogue tags at all well.

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  • Kelly A McDermott
  • 15-09-19

Not my cup of tea (Kelly SAID)

Maybe this could have been ok (Stein SAID), but I just couldn't get passed the narration (Alex SAID). I thought the storyline was cute (Alex SAID), maybe it was just too short ( Stein SAID). BTW, (Kelly SAID), you'll understand this review better after you read this. If you can get through it...(kelly whispered)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-19

Neat but badly recorded sci-fi puzzle

The President's Brain has gone missing! It hasn't had any effect on his behavior (ha-ha), but it's still pretty disturbing. What happened to the brain? Who took it, and why? What do they hope to gain?

It turns out there IS a good, logical, and unexpected explanation for why the President's head is so hollow he can't go underwater while swimming. But it's a bit difficult to get to. Not due to the writing, which isn't exactly BAD (though Scalzi doesn't have his usual space to explore and develop ideas. The problem is the recording. The sound quality is garbage, and there are weird background sounds that keep interrupting things.

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  • Ijw
  • 18-10-19

not what you think

Published in 2017, the story isn't what you expect from the title. So just stop thinking that.
Instead it's kind of a clever what-if, which is what all good science-fiction should be.

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  • Roger
  • 09-03-20

Scalvzi for a Dollar

You get one short story with a couple of really interesting ideas in it, all for a little more than a dollar. What's not to like?

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  • Michael
  • 19-11-19

Funny, but not his best work

This is a very short, tongue-in-cheek, Sci Fi novella. I did laugh at a few lines. At 47 minutes it is not a major commitment. Perhaps poking a little fun at US politics.

The narration was excellent and fit the story quite well.

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  • Ocean State Prime
  • 13-09-19

Worth a buck

It's a short story, but not an especially clever one. Kind of brainless. Ha, ha.

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  • Cheryl
  • 02-01-20

What a hoot!

Thank you, John Scalzi for the Christmas/New Year’s gift. Perfectly timed for this election year.

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  • New2020
  • 27-04-20

Narrator is too distracting for me to finish

I love John Scalzi and I was really excited to listen to this book. But the way the narrator pronounced “he said” is so weird and distracting I can’t listen to the book at all!

What a shame!

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  • Josh R
  • 09-04-20

Said, Said, Said, Said, Said, Said, Said, Said!

I've listened to quite a few Scalzi books, and his Interdependency series is one of my favorite book series so far. So, why, please tell me why, he ended every single sentence with "he said" "she said" or "NAME said"
This was a 47 minute novella that took me several hours to finish. I had to keep taking breaks because all the times he used the word "said." It was grating. All that being said, it was a decent enough story, if you're ok with hearing "said" said over 9000 times in 47 minutes. The narrator did a pretty good job. Now, I still haven't said "said" in my title or review nearly as many times as Scalzi said "said" in one chapter of this book.