Status Quo


Read by Peter Eastman

(4.3 stars; 21 reviews)

Larry Woolford is a government agent, tasked with investigating subversive activity. He does everything an ambitious young man should do if he wants to succeed: wear the right clothes, listen to the right music, even drink vodka martinis. Then he stumbles across a conspiracy of Weirds plotting to overthow the entire existing social order. It's a race against time. Can he stop their fiendish plan, and keep America safe for shallow judgements based on status symbols? Status Quo was nominated for the 1962 Hugo Award for short fiction. - Summary by Peter Eastman (3 hr 9 min)

Chapters

section 1 31:06 Read by Peter Eastman
section 2 33:11 Read by Peter Eastman
section 3 30:21 Read by Peter Eastman
section 4 31:41 Read by Peter Eastman
section 5 31:13 Read by Peter Eastman
section 6 32:08 Read by Peter Eastman

Reviews

(4.5 stars)

A story with a twist. The fawning, lazy thinker struggles to maintain the status quo against the impetus of an impeccable movement. The struggle is personal and professional. Which side is more ruthless? My only complaint is with the reader imparting a long, slooow start to the story. It takes a while for the reader to find his rhythm. Additionally, the sound quality is tin-y; the sound is flat as though the reader is a bit far from his microphone though this changes as the reader becomes more involved with the story.

interesting and relevant story for today

(4.5 stars)

Nice skewering of the grasping classes and the natural corruption of government. Add the heavy hand of those overly sensitive to labeling, the overreaching of government, and data breaches, and you've got a fairly contemporary story.