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Written by: Marc-Uwe Kling
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Genres: Science Fiction | Humorous | Satire
Published: 9th of January, 2020
Length: 10 Hours 41 Minutes


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Everything in QualityLand is geared towards optimising your life.

QualityPartner identifies your ideal mate, earworm personal assistants get you where you need to go and android drones know you need a six pack of beer at the end of a long day even before you crave one. Humans, robots and algorithms coexist; everything is seamlessly corporatised, stratified and monetised. Your very name reveals much of what we need to know about you, and your profile discloses the rest.

Peter Jobless is a down and out metal press operator, dumped by his long-term girlfriend when she is alerted to a better option on her QualityPad. But Peter has another problem - he seems to be the only one noticing that his fellow QualityLand robot citizens are experiencing an existential crisis. There is a drone who's afraid to fly. A sex droid with erectile dysfunction. A combat robot with PTSD. Instructed to destroy these malfunctioning AI, Peter starts to suspect the technology that rules us all has a flaw, perhaps a fatal one.

Not only that, these robots might be his only friends....



The Best Satirical Look at Modern Society

Review by: The Audiobook ReviewQualityLand, by Marc-Uwe Kling. Where you can only talk in superlatives. Where machines don't make mistakes. A world where who you are is governed by algorithms who know you better than you know yourself... or do they?

This book takes a long, hard look at who we are as a society, how much we give over control of our information to big business and shines a harsh, bright light on it all. Part satire, part science fiction, and part history lesson, it's hard not to see how this vision of the future could one day be true.

Our poor, hapless protagonist, Peter Jobless, doesn't fit into the utopian world of the future. He loses his girlfriend who creates clickbait headlines on the advice of a computer. He lives with broken, malfunctioning robots... and he just can't rid himself of a pink, dolphin vibrator "The Shop" says he wants.

If you were to mix Jennifer Government (Max Barry), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), and 1984 (George Orwell) you'd get something like QualityLand... just maybe not as funny.

Superbly narrated by Patricia Rodriguez, I couldn't fault her quality or style at all. The voices Patricia gave to the cast of characters were fantastic.

All up, it's very poignant and timely, and it really is something people need to listen to and get a sense of how much we've given up already.


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Reviewed: 2020-12-07

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