Kirby Heyborne embodies The Narrator. Brilliant!
Hard to say, since this story is truly unique, but Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey has some similarities.
Pa Lubitch's monster bees.
No. Not that it isn't THAT good, but I needed to take breaks and digest it.
Buy it. Listen to it. Love it.
i read the online reviews for the gone away world, and they seemed rather discouraging. what was intriguing though was it`s length. what else do you look for in an audiobook book but maximum envelopment in a story? and this one is really really worth it. I did not read the printed book but listened to the audiobook and I think it is a perfect audio story. its mulitlayered, which can be tiring when youread it,but it works perfectly as an audiobook. the narration - and the narrator - make it come alive, and instead of a lengthy story you get lively narrative of a guy`s incredible journey. it is inventive, suggestive, sometimes hilarious and sometimes very sad too. anyone who likeslong (i.e. elaborate, detailled storytelling) epics, should look no further. it`s science fiction, so it`s a bit on the inventive side, but not unbelievably so. if you`re looking for a holiday companion,"the gone away world" is perfect for a long stretch of days. you`ll love it.
It was too hard to follow...and not in a good way.
the flashback scenes were pretty good
If I didn't have Audiobooks, I would never get on a treadmill or clean my house. Also, my best weapon for fighting road rage in mad traffic.
The narrator does a fabulous job bringing an already lively story to life. The writing style is tangential, which works even better as an audiobook. It's like being told the story firsthand as the character recalls it from memory.
The plot was extremely creative, the characters so original. I've read enough books that I can usually see where the author's are going with the plot - but when the big reveal happened in this book, I was blown away - I never saw it coming.
The nameless protagonist, although Dick Wash (burn) was a close second.
A story about friendship, ninjas, and the apocalypse - but you'll like it anyway. Bring your own Tupperware.
The book was highly recommended on the NPR summer reading list - without any details about the plot or characters. When I got the book and read the jacket cover. "this is a book about friendship. ninjas, and the apocalypse." I thought - I've been screwed. But since I know better than to judge a book by it's cover - I read it anyway.I LOVED IT! It was the best book I had read in a long, long time. When I joined Audible, it was the first audiobook that I purchased. I highly recommend this book to all, but especially to fans of Kurt Vonnegut of Douglas Adams.
if the story hadn't jumped around and followed the synopsis
something w more action
he really tried to make the book exciting
not for me
audible should try better w their description of books
If you can make it to the end it's worth it. This story was incredibly entertaining but i found some of the many digressions of the main plot frustrating.
What did I like best about this book? Chapter 1. What did I like least? Chapters 2 thru 5. That's when I quit listening. I did skip systematically forward searching for the continuation of the sf aspect but finally gave up . I have no desire to try to be scholarly or word clever, most others who wrote reviews have that covered. I just want to be clear. This is not a science fiction story. It is a slice-of-life character study based in a somewhat alternate history earth foundation similar to Elizabethan England with pig-powered electrical generation and storm-trooper like police forces. The writing is clever, quirky, fun and as boring as it gets. The narrator does a fine job with characterizations and reads in a very consistent monotone which is fine since it seems to be written the same way. For those who love this book; more power to you. If you are looking for a novel that actually bases the story on SCIENCE fiction don't bother with it.
If that ever happens to me I will quit listening to books.
For God's sake why? The protagonist's character arc is a sine wave and the conflict is driven mostly by his total lack of identity.
This book is uneven. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t bad. It is in fact very good verging on quite excellent in places. I think I’ll remember Master Wu and his story of hunting ninjas and the secret for quite some time as cleaver, funny, and touching.
However, it starts out as a collection of lightly inner connected pros that could easily be independent and then enters a long story of the core of the book and switches quite a bit. The pacing changes frequently enough to distract from rather than enhance the story telling. It actually reminds me quite a bit of the works Haruki Murakami, however Haruki is more skillful in changing pace.
All that being said there is no page, nor paragraph that I could point to and say that it is not witty, well written and entertaining. I did however at several points have to stop, and listen to or read something else before I could return to this book.
Now, here is the point I really wanted to talk about. I bought this book because when I read reviews here and at amazon.com, I saw several that compared this work to those of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Nope. Not a thing like. Sure there is humor, but this is more like Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. Which is to say it is honestly and truly well writing and does have a dry and sarcastic wit to it, but it isn’t a thing like the over the top and silly dry humor of Pratchett or Adams. Shame really as I would love to find someone like Pratchett, Adams, Wodehouse, possible more Adams and Pratchett than Wodehouse really. This book is, alas, not it. Eoin Colfer is also quite good though most of his books are targeted at a teen and younger audience.
No, I would not recommended this book.It was recommended to me by my son who started reading it on a recommendation by someone else. I listened to two thirds of it before I stopped.
I don't think so
This book was not worth my time.
The book just didn't go do it for me. There were a lot of things happening but I just couldn't seem to relate to them.