Bellwether

Bellwether

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009 | Unabridged
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Pop culture, chaos theory, and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Doomsday Book. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey-group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions-with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 31 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate
hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781433246289
1433246287

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BWilsoned
Jul 28, 2015

I kept smiling throughout listening to this book. It wasn't what I expected from Willis, but maybe I haven't read enough of her books yet. In this one, Sandra studies fads (specifically what starts them) and Bennett studies chaos at HiTek, a parody of corporate management. Between staff meetings to learn the newest acronym that will definitely increase creativity and productivity, as well as sensitivity exercises one can only escape by a desperate, instantaneous need to go to the loo, Sandra and Bennett meet and start working together on a project. Shake those two up with various coworkers, friends, and miscommunications. Now add the incompetent, indignant, and idiosyncratic Flip, interoffice communications facilitator (aka office assistant-and I don't mean that in a bad way). Not only does Flip slouch around the company's halls, losing paperwork, stacking up copy requests, and misdirecting packages, but she also turns out to be a catalyst for solving questions about fads, relationships, chaos theory, and winning a prestigious scientific prize.

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Jul 28, 2015

I kept smiling throughout listening to this book. It wasn't what I expected from Willis, but maybe I haven't read enough of her books yet. In this one, Sandra studies fads (specifically what starts them) and Bennett studies chaos at HiTek, a parody of corporate management. Between staff meetings to learn the newest acronym that will definitely increase creativity and productivity, as well as sensitivity exercises one can only escape by a desperate, instantaneous need to go to the loo, Sandra and Bennett meet and start working together on a project. Shake those two up with various coworkers, friends, and miscommunications. Now add the incompetent, indignant, and idiosyncratic Flip, interoffice communications facilitator (aka office assistant-and I don't mean that in a bad way). Not only does Flip slouch around the company's halls, losing paperwork, stacking up copy requests, and misdirecting packages, but she also turns out to be a catalyst for solving questions about fads, relationships, chaos theory, and winning a prestigious scientific prize.

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