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From a stunning new Latino voice, Myth of the Self-Made Man is a wildly inventive story - part sci-fi, with echoes of Get Out - that plunges us into a brave new American landscape.

More than a hundred years into the future, as the US approaches its 400th anniversary, Tomas, a young graduate student, searches for the real identity of one of the cyborgs that maintained American homes. He has been haunted for years by an audio clip of a cyborg named Felipe and is intent on writing Felipe’s biography. In the clip, Felipe can only recite that he was made in America, but Tomas must find out: Where was the Self-made Man really from?

In the National Archives, Tomas uncovers a trove of articles, depositions, and interviews about many other cyborgs, boys from El Salvador and Guatemala kidnapped, detained, and reengineered at a monolithic New England company.

As we follow Tomas’ determined investigation into these lives, their voices echo through our own past, present, and future with unsettling clarity. 

©2021 Ruben Reyes (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
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  • ストーリー
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  • Shannon
  • 2021/04/16

Devastatingly Well Written! A MUST read!

This story is so poignant and soul-shattering in all the ways great sci-fi and indeed literature at large should be... I am so grateful to the author for sharing their craft and perspective!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
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  • Laurel Winter
  • 2021/04/17

My first review. Compelled.

I've listened to MANY great audiobooks and never submitted a review. This book siezed my heart, broke it, and put it back together stronger and more compassionate than before.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • 922335
  • 2021/04/21

Absolute Agenda Driven Garbage

Way to deflect the horrors of human trafficking on the country doing the most to fight it.

Author? No... more appropriate title is Professional Victim.

Don’t waste your time - pure ignorance.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Diane K. H. Davey
  • 2021/04/18

Powerful

This is a wonderful short story. It would make a fantastic theme for a novel (or a movie). It's terrifyingly strange but also realistic in the way the best sci-fi is. It takes issues right out of today's headlines; immigration, corporate capitalism, racism, greed, disrespect for human life, disdain for 'other', etc. and takes them to appalling lengths. The truth is, standards of decency shift constantly and rapidly and, as ghastly as this concept is, it really isn't farfetched at all. (Except for the science, which I certainly hope is very farfetched.)

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mark R
  • 2021/05/08

sjw drivel , from the first 5 minutes

"a professor and students, all white " as soon as I heard that I knew something was wrong and it just gets worse from there.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tobywnkenobi
  • 2021/04/29

Excellent

This book was well narrated and the story was captivating. I wanna read more by this author and I wanna listen to more by this reader. Well done! I had no idea this author existed and I am so excited to see what else is out there. I especially love the idea of culturally diverse science fiction because i’ve been waiting my whole life to you put in story. Thank you.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sophie
  • 2021/05/13

The concept was kind of there…

I get the idea behind it, human trafficking and whatnot, but what? Many plot holes and parts that didn’t make sense, and a very underwhelming and disappointing ending.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • julio mendez
  • 2021/04/25

Orwellian

Weaving together the realities of today with the possibilities of tomorrow, this is a peak at what could be. I hope there are plans to deepen and extend the story into a full length novel or series. This is a great short listen. The readers were excellent.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • A.R.
  • 2021/04/22

WOWZAH!

I accidentally clicked "play" when I was going for the "sample" button and I'm so glad I listened!
This story was well written and well performed. I was so intrigued by the Self-made Men stories by the end that I am in a state of suspense and anticipation for the follow-up. Ruben... Please make this a series!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dog lover1
  • 2021/04/20

Fabulous and thought provocating

Great story. Totally believable, even in the near future. Also disturbing. Ironically, I have just listen to the product in the George Floyd murder case. And while justice was done there, I’m not so sure America is ready for total justice, liberty for all and freedom.