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.
Ya so....I think this dude must have been on something when he wrote this. The first 20 mins or so....WOW! I am hooked. Then, well then I dunno....It just sorta went on this mad romp, ninja, super future, WW1 bizarro romp. I only made it halfway.
Kudos for trying to write something different....It just didn't work for me.
The performance is all through the best I've ever heard. He manages to bring all the characters to life, and takes the reader by hand into these very strange situations, and manages to bring every meandering tangent back into the main storyline. Every tonal shift, which there are plenty of, is faultlessly brought across. So good.
The story is emotional and meaty, but could've used some fifth less weight. I couldn't help but cheer and smile all the way through nonetheless.
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.