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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,042 ratings  ·  181 reviews
In a future Los Angeles, a boy hires one of the deadliest alien assassins in the galaxy to protect his sister.
Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Archangel Media (first published February 1st 2006)
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N.T. Embe
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Thank you for the incredible story, LeVar Burton! <3 What a fantastic tale this was. <3
Chrysten Lofton
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of science and general fiction
Recommended to Chrysten by: LeVar Burton
2.5 I really felt like I wanted more, but it was still a good story

I read this story, audibly, through the wonderful new podcast LeVar Burton Reads
It was a short read, and I think the biggest sin is that it was actually kept a short story. It seemed to demand expansion, to me as a reader at least. But, it gave a strong and lovely message, it held my attention, it had that nice sci-fi language, and you can listen to it for free via LeVar Burton Reads. It's a great way to spend 30 minutes,
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It's the book read in the first episode of the 'Levar Burton Reads' podcast. The story is not bad. Quite short but is presented well. Might have a look at what else they've wrote.
Dramatically Bookish (ReviewsMayVary)
Levar Burton reads this on the first episode of his new podcast. I am not actually a fan of short fiction or sci/fi, truth be told, but I can listed to LB talk about whatever.

This is a short story about the meeting and connection between a young boy and an alien assassin.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-freebie
Long car ride + Levar Burton reading to me via podcast = heaven!!

At first, I didn't quite get the ending, but when I DID, holy cats, this became a five star "read".

I find it funny that a wish of many millennials is to have Levar Burton read them a bedtime story. This wasn't quite a bedtime story, but MAN does he have the speaking chops to draw you into the world the author created!

Great story, great narrator, highly recommended! 5 stars!
Listened to this short story courtesy of LeVar Burton Reads (ITS READING RAINBOW FOR ADULTS!!!!!). It is a story of a boy who hires a alien to kill someone who is going to kill his sister. The characters show a lot of complexity in a short amount of story and the story itself is heartfelt beneath the whole hiring an alien to kill someone thing.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kin is a short story that builds momentum as you suddenly see how the title relates to the relationship between an Earth boy and an assassin alien. Young Kim contacts an Antalou alien and convinces him to prevent the forced abortion of his yet-to-be-born sister. At first you will wonder why this alien follows through on the boy's request, but this quietly menacing story will show you how the mercenary alien recognizes that the two share a kinship of character. Evil can put on an innocent face ...more
Kate (Beyond Bookish)
Discovered this on the Levar Burton Reads podcast and loved it!
Nathan Burgoine
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I wasn't expecting a story about an alien assassin and a twelve-year-old boy to pull at the heartstrings.

I, like bajillions of others I assume, listened to this on LeVer Burton Reads.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review of 'Kin' by Bruce McAllister

Does it count as 'read' if I listened to this short story in the 'Levar Burton Reads' podcast? Yes, it totally does! I don't get why some people discount audiobooks. I adore them. I need them! I am not a reader of science fiction, sadly. It's not because I think they are geeky, or trash or whatever stupid stereotype. It's totally my fault, I get too caught up in the pronunciation of words, it's a perfectionist/phonetic reader thing, so you can see my problem.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so want a full novel on both the Alien Assasin and the Boy right now! What an interesting concept! McAllister delivered two wholly fleshed out characters and an intriguing storyline in just a few hundred words! Superb!
(LeVar is smashing it with his narration once again!)
Betsy Gant
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not a huge sci-fi fan when it comes to literature (has to be super great writing for me to enjoy it). This was a heart-warming short story that sparked my imagination.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 for the story, 5++++ for having it read by LeVar Burton!
Troy Zaher
Edit: reread and it’s still a 5* and one if the best short stories

It seems that most people have discovered this story through the LeVar Burton Reads podcast, and I am no exception. While I’m sure the story would be just as compelling on its own, I do highly recommend listening to it on there, as the production quality is insanely high.

That being said, let’s talk about Kin. This story is probably going to be one of my favorites of the entire year (and I read this in December). It just hits all
Janelle Dazzlepants
Kin is a short story set in the future, where a young poor boy commissions an alien assassin to prevent the state-sanctioned abortion of his unborn sister. Things don't turn out quite the way the boy had planned, and the relationship between boy and alien becomes more than just a transaction.

I listened to this via LeVar Burton Reads and it was magical! LeVar's narration was truly delightful as always, but the story itself brought tears to my eyes on my morning commute (and not just because I'm
3.5 stars This is a subtle story about connection. It is interesting and unique. While it is almost too short, it is worth a read.

I listened to this story on the Lavar Burton Reads podcast and that performance was a 4.5. The biggest flaw is the advertisement in the middle of the story. I had thought the story just abruptly ended, but then it continued. Otherwise, phenomenal performance.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first I was listening to the story passively, while I did housework, but by the end of it I wad standing still in the middle of the kitchen with my mouth gaping open - an excellent, delightful story
Susan Crowe
I heard this on LeVar Burton Reads. LB was awesome, of course, but i'm not a real big sci-fi fan.
Gillian Brownlee
Listened to on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to this one on Levar Burton's Spotify podcast. He's a great reader/narrator.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
The ending was abrupt and there was no resolution. It was just a conversation between Kin and the alien.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because Levar Burton narrated the audio version. So.freaking.good.
Elizabeth Stiner
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Levar Burton Podcast
I, like many others it appears, first heard this book on the Levar Burtons podcast.
And while Levar came across as extremely arrogant when he mentions that Millennials are hungry to hear him speak, hearing the podcast did bring back some sweet memories. Although I don't know if I would have used the word hungry to hear him, I will give him his due in picking this story.

Honestly, I found this short story to be incredibly well written from an emotional viewpoint. The moment it opened I was
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I listened to this on the podcast LeVar Burton Reads....and LeVar Burton did an amazing job!
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is about a young boy who contacts an alien assassin to save his sister from being killed. The real interest is in the negotiations and character of the boy. (wink wink) You shouldn't need to be a sci-fi fan to like this story.I listened to this on Lavar Burtons' short story podcast for adults - Lavar Burton Reads. It was an interesting story that left me wanting more. I thought the author did a good job showing me how this culture was different from ours without overwhelming the ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Today I listened to this story for the second time on Levar Burton Reads. I realized if I love a story this much (I extremely rarely read things twice, my reading list is long, damnit) then I need to leave a review. UGH I want to write like this.

Two interactions. Two. And the simple things that happen convincingly create a bond between a killer with no family, and a child who only wants to protect his family. The child is willing to go to extreme lengths to do so and is gambling that the killer
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This like other reviewers was an audio read by Levar Burton in his new Short story podcast.

The story is simple really, young boy calls on Alien assassin to deal with the man who wants to murder his sister and the ensuing relationship between boy and otherworldly visitor.

For such a short tale it packs in a really good chunk of science fiction in a sophisticated and believable way. The existence of aliens is accepted by humanity, in fact school curriculum involves extra terrestrial history and
I haven't really been a big listener to audiobooks, till a coworker told me Levar Burton has a podcast where he reads short stories he enjoys.
I was lucky enough to find it on Spotify, and I am hooked. Not only does Levar Burton still have a gift for storytelling but the first story he xhose for the podcast was extremely well written and entertaining.

I loved the mixing of alien and human cultures, and the theme of family and the lengths one goes to protect them transcends species. I wish this
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm older and never knew of reading rainbow until a few years ago, but I heard this thru Levar Burton Reads podcast.
First, he's a great reader and could bring any story to life. Secondly, this is a gem of a story and not something I'd normally read. I do have a bias towards short stories. There's just something very satisfying to me about wrapping up an entire plot within the context of a few pages. There is depth and you will still have questions left unanswered, but that, to me, is where the
Eva Therese
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first story on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast and a great opening. The story is tense and thrilling constantly asking questions of "what is going on?" and "what will happen now?" the answering them in ways that lead to more questions.
Being a fan of Mass Effect this book reminded me of a character from that universe, the assassin, Thane, even if he doesn't look anything like the description. In fact, the whole setting of the book has that same feel, not overly dystopian, just very gritty and
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Bruce McAllister is an American writer best known for his science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction. His short fiction, which he began publishing as a teenager ("The Faces Outside," 9TH ANNUAL OF THE YEAR'S BEST SF), has appeared over the years in genre magazines, original anthologies, “year’s best” anthologies, literary quarterlies and college readers; won a National Endowment for the Arts ...more
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