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Exhalation: Stories

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2019

Duration: 11 hours 22 minutes

Summary:

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
THE WASHINGTON POST • TIME MAGAZINE • NPR • ESQUIRE • VOX • THE A.V. CLUB • THE GUARDIAN • FINANCIAL TIMES • THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS 

“Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.” —Barack Obama, via Facebook

'THE UNIVERSE BEGAN AS AN ENORMOUS BREATH BEING HELD.'

In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.

Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory.

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  • Anonymous

    I don't read science fiction, but I was curious about this book as it was listed by the New York Times as one of the five best fiction books of 2019. It stretched me, and I'm glad of the stretch. I found intriguing ideas and stories in a genre which I'd been inclined to dismiss. There is a wide range of stories here, but all are dense with questions of philosophy and ethics. In the months since reading, I have continued to mull several of the stories. I am eager to read more of Ted Chiang.

  • Joe W.

    The book is a series of mostly good short stories. I know it's very intelectual to write these with a plot that basically goes nowhere and draws no conclusion other than showing off a setting, but I like stories with a distinct ending. Doesn't have to be happy. Just conclude something. Some of the stories do end and those are great, hence the four stars.

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