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
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who works in an office/at a cubicle and is interested in dark fiction. It is difficult to empathize with the hero (anti-hero) of the story, but the scenario is relatable despite the supernatural overtones. The narrator - Adam Grupper - does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
I probably wouldn't read another James Hynes book, but that does not mean I regret taking a chance on Kings of Infinite Space. The book lies outside of my usual reading zone, but I enjoyed listening to the development of the main characters.
How did we ever get through the day without audiobooks?
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....
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
None stands out.
Interest in the process of story telling.
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.
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!
When the girlfriend was singing.... pretty funny
The main character
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.
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.
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.
Tighten it up. I feel there is far too much description and not enough plot.
the Emotion is ok. I don't like the sound quality of the voice, though.
Bail and find a better book.
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.
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.
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