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Kings of Infinite Space | [James Hynes]

Kings of Infinite Space

James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.
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Publisher's Summary

James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy. Worse still, he may be losing the only thing he has left—his mind.

©2004 James Hynes (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Robin F Lebanon, VA, United States 07-31-12
    Robin F Lebanon, VA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2013

    How did we ever get through the day without audiobooks?

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    "Couldn't get excited about this one"

    A whiny, self absorbed guy that gets caught with his pants down. Lots of excuses, and a life that doesn't live up to what he expects it should be. The narrator was good, just not a very good plot.

    Hard to believe, but the ending is even worse than the character feeling sorry for himself.

    Don't waste the time you could be listening to something so much better....

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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2009

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    Would you try another book from James Hynes and/or Adam Grupper?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Hynes again?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None stands out.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Interest in the process of story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    The weirdness of this book, the way it transitioned from realistic to fanciful, reminded me of Neil Gaiman. I'm left wanting when the protagonist can't slam the door shut on that other world in the end. Nonetheless, it was well written and the narrator was quite good.

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    Nan BULLARD, TX, United States 07-29-12
    Nan BULLARD, TX, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kings of Infinite Space was very Interesting"
    Where does Kings of Infinite Space rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I didn't know what to expect when listening to Kings of Infinite Space. I really enjoyed the listen and had a few 'out loud' laughs that were unexpected. The narrator did an excellent job, made the story come alive. Good listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the girlfriend was singing.... pretty funny


    Who was the most memorable character of Kings of Infinite Space and why?

    The main character


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia seattle, WA, United States 07-26-12
    Patricia seattle, WA, United States 07-26-12
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    "I don't get it"

    Glowing reviews but I found this book slow. Took forever to get where it was going. It was reviewed as being hilarious. Nope. Don't think so.

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    Wendy LARAMIE, WY, United States 07-18-12
    Wendy LARAMIE, WY, United States 07-18-12
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    "A fun listen, even with the weak ending"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If the movie "Office Space" had a baby with the tv show "The X-files", this would be it. The work-place angst and the eerie atmosphere of misplaced ceiling tiles and ghostly desk-jockies is completely enjoyable. The main character is a snob and a stereotype, but he doesn't realize it. There were times when I wanted to slap him, but on the whole I enjoyed following him through this tale. All that said, I probably won't listen to this a second time. Like many of the X-Files' "Monster of the Week" episodes, the secret behind all the creepy happenings is not incredibly interesting.


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    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 07-17-12
    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "infinitely SLOW - poor production quality"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am half way through this book and very little has happened. Also, I am tiring of the 'tin can" quality of the sound.


    What could James Hynes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tighten it up. I feel there is far too much description and not enough plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the Emotion is ok. I don't like the sound quality of the voice, though.


    Did Kings of Infinite Space inspire you to do anything?

    Bail and find a better book.


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    Mitch Ruth Lakeside Park, KY 07-16-12
    Mitch Ruth Lakeside Park, KY 07-16-12
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    "Tedium tedium tedium"

    It started out well but it played out too long to keep me very interested in the outcome...unfortunately all the female characters sounded pretty much the same, annoying and vapid.

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    Brett 07-15-12
    Brett 07-15-12
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    "Too wordy."

    This story needed tighter writing. Too long and drawn out to get to an end that had few true surprises.

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    Florida Native Florida 07-05-12
    Florida Native Florida 07-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Barbara

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    "Might be fun as a movie but not a good book"

    This might be a funny movie with the right actor (opportunity for lots of sight gags) but it isn't a really good book. I'm surprised it got so many good ratings. You're basically inside the head of a neurotic, paranoid office worker. It isn't an interesting story line and I don't relate to any of the characters as a boss or co-worker. Glad I only paid a couple dollars for it, it would have been a waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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