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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Polansky Narrator: Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The year is 2071. It is a world very recognizable to our own, only now the United States has implemented a wide-scale, government-run cloning program that is tied directly to health insurance. Each US citizen has a “Copy” living separately in a cleared zone in the Midwest. If an “Original” is sick or injured and requires surgery, whatever he or she needs is taken from their clone. In the two decades since the program’s inception, no person outside the government has ever seen their Copy or been inside the Clearances, and no clone has ever successfully escaped—until now.

The Bradbury Report is a fascinating meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of as a race and society. It is a powerful work of speculative fiction, beautifully written, about love, identity, free will, aging, and intelligence that will linger with you long after reading.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Polansky is really telling the story of lonely people, of what it means to be human, of the moral choices in advances of technology. And he does it with gorgeous, unhurried writing that makes us ache for all the characters.”

    St. Paul Pioneer Press

  • “Polansky’s debut features well-developed characters and strong writing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author’s portrait of medical cloning and its effects on a near-future society is compelling, especially as enhanced by the deepest voice in audio, that of Stefan Rudnicki.”


  • “[In] this ambitious, sometimes chilling, sometimes heartbreaking novel…Polansky does an extraordinary job of imagining the condition of being a human copy, while challenging readers to consider the ethicality and inhumanity of such human engineering.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An inventive, cerebral thriller about a man faced with the ultimate moral quandary…Polansky does a fine job of wrestling with the moral dilemmas posited by writers like Philip K. Dick and others, and his characterization of Alan is sublimely witty and soulfully sympathetic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matt | 2/19/2014

    " If I had a clone I'd use him to finish this book for me. The circular dialogue is enough to hypnotize you to sleep. this was supposed to be a think piece, and there's an interesting 15 minutes about the "what if's" of cloning, but clearly not enough to carry the plot. The characters and locale, details, etc. are so bland that it seems like the intent of the author was only to highlight the social implications of cloning - would make an interesting article but felt stretched as a novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/17/2014

    " There's no shelf for "books too boring to finish before they're due back at the library", but that's where this would fit. Slow to start, and just not compelling enough to keep going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris Hubbs | 1/4/2014

    " Trying to be futuristic and dystopian, this book only succeeds in being dry, dull, and uninteresting. Meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 12/23/2013

    " It was a good premise, but I was disappointed with the result. The main character was much too self-piting to be absorbing. Another one where I was surprized I actually finished the book. "

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About the Author

Steven Polansky grew up in New York City. His short fiction has appeared in, among other places, the New Yorker, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, Glimmer Train, New England Review, and Minnesota Monthly. His first book, the story collection Dating Miss Universe, won the Sandstone Prize for Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award. He lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, with his wife and daughter.