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Ungirls

Disorder collection, Book 3
Narrated by: Lauren Beukes, Amy Young
Series: Disorder collection, Book 3
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Summary

In the near future, lab-grown sex dolls are the pleasure toy of choice in this disturbing and provocative short story from Lauren Beukes, the bestselling author of The Shining Girls.

Actor and sex worker Nats is experienced at putting on a show. However, her new gig supplying intimate whispers for growgirls takes her to a place darker and lonelier than she could have ever imagined. The lab-grown dolls can respond to pleasure or pain; their synthetic heads contain only the simplest AI to prevent any pesky robo sex doll uprisings. But just because growgirls don’t have a brain, doesn’t mean they don’t have a voice...

Ungirls is part of Disorder, a collection of six short stories of living nightmares, chilling visions, and uncanny imagination that explore a world losing its balance in terrifying ways. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single disorienting sitting.

©2019 Lauren Beukes (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Sam Beckbessinger
  • 27-06-19

So dark! So good!

Imagine a future where headless, lab-grown human bodies become a booming sex doll industry. This dark and delightful story stays grounded in realistic characters and explores the emotional labour of sex work, toxic masculinity and the nightmare of being doxxed.
Buy it now, it's extremely good!

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  • Kimberly
  • 27-07-19

inconprehensible and foul. Dont waste your time.

just awful. Narrator speaks too quickly, material is foul, story is non existent, not with your time.

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  • SusieRohlfs
  • 24-07-19

vulgar, not coherent, trash, waste of time

horrible. too many good reads out there to waste time on this type trash. thankfully, didn't spend money for it.

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  • Michael
  • 12-07-19

Lauren Beukes Enters PKD Land

This short story is better than most of the novels I've read or listened to this year. I know there are many authors who are said to have picked up where PKD left off but Lauren Beukes really has. Using today's social media (and the ridiculous way people behave on it) as well future bio-sex-tech, Beukes crafts a very plausible sci-fi short. I can't wait for another full length novel from LB.
5 Stars *****

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  • T. Robbins
  • 20-03-20

A cautionary tale...

A quick cautionary tale about people relying on sex toys/robots to satisfy their needs in lieu of actually interacting with and having relations with real people. A good read indeed.

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  • melissa clay
  • 12-01-20

Ungirls, unlike anything I have heard.

Truthfully, I didn't care for this story at all, I became confused by the excessive amount of characters and there situations.

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  • Mark
  • 23-09-19

Too Believable

Toxic masculinity, from three different angles. Artificial human parts turn into a side-business for artificial human sex toys. Real live sex-workers see their lives being ruined by the judgments of "society", including their customers.

This takes place in the near future, but it's a future we can all see from where we're standing.

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  • K. Nelson
  • 19-08-19

Couldn’t get past chapter 2

Not my cup of tea. After meeting the character I felt the need to shower.

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  • squishy
  • 28-07-19

Nothing of value here

I really dont know the purpose or point of this “story”. Some advertisements for sex products, some conversations between sex workers, smutty sex talk, an “organic” sex doll. Some more weird news reports read, some more sex workers talking about sex work. The person behind the voice of the organic sex doll is found out. SCANDAL! Crazy disjointed review? Well, thats the book. No point to it.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 05-07-19

Could Use Work

This could use a rewrite and it would be better as a novel instead of a short story.