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2.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 5 2.38 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Kalstein Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628730
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In the year 2036, the world’s best boarding school is the Stansbury School. The students, better known as specimens, are screened at a young age and then given twelve years of the finest education—and developmental drug regimen—available. Graduates go on to dominate in all the top colleges, Forbes 500 companies, and government positions.

But when several alumni are murdered, school officials decide to keep the police in the dark. They discreetly ask the school’s valedictorian to solve the mystery, but he discovers that the most obvious culprit, the school’s chemically-imbalanced delinquent—and his own nemesis—is being framed. Together, the two unlikely allies uncover a massive conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Stansbury administration and the United States government.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kalstein’s writing mirrors the world he creats: bold, textured, rife with dark secrets. Watching the ambitious boy genius and the angst-ridden thug piecing together the clues—about a conspiracy, about themselves—makes Prodigy a wonderful coming-of-age story hidden inside a riveting mystery.”

    Dustin Thomason, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Rule of Four

  • “Kalstein’s action-packed comment on the price of ‘progress,’ the absurdity of hypercompetitive education, and the myth of meritocracy hurtles to a satisfying…conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Paul Michael Garcia is at his best giving gravity and emotion to the voices of the valedictorian, the punk, the misfit, and the brainy beauty, who band together to solve the murders. Kalstein weaves biting dystopian discourse with teen romance to create likable characters and a surprising, moving epilogue.”


  • “Engrossing…The book is so well imagined that one cares about the school’s fate from the start. And the characters are vivid as well, befitting what is, beneath its fast-paced surface, a thoughtful novel about boarding-school life.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/15/2010

    " An interesting premise, but the writing is clunky and the characters two dimensional, so in the end, it's a pretty weak book. The vision of the future is kind of interesting, but it seems like every time he wrote himself into a corner, he created a new sci-fi device to get himself out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggyl | 11/20/2009

    " Futuristic with an unlikely hero in the drug enhanced high school student body. Interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/27/2009

    " I really liked this. It had a very fast pace, and stayed interesting and suspenseful all the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/5/2008

    " The "action" scenes almost felt like a movie script, but the idea was somewhat interesting nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 7/10/2008

    " My company INTREPID PICUTRES is currently making this book into a movie!

    Check it out!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 emily | 5/24/2008

    " all my favorite books take time to talk about the characters' "round, firm d-cup breasts straining at the thin cashmere of their matching cardigans."

    seriously. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shayna | 5/7/2008

    " I really hate feeling like I've wasted time on a book, and this one left me wanting about six hours of my life back. Prodigy is like the movie "Gattaca," but starring purebred high school students whose breasts are described just a few too many times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kvon | 12/22/2007

    " Unlikable protagonists and cliched evildoers. Too bad because the premise of the perfect school sounded interesting. "

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About the Author

Dave Kalstein became a film writer and director working out of Hollywood after getting kicked out of several prep schools. His first novel, Prodigy, is based on a short film he made in 2003.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.