There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.
Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it - and save humanity yet again. But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo's life - and that of his best friend - than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World.
Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey, geek nirvana, and ultra-cool epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of - among other things - love, pirates, mimes, greed, and ninjas. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.
©2008 Nick Harkaway; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
Imaginative and well-planned post-apocalyptic story. I really enjoyed this book, as I did Angelmaker - I bought this one because I liked Angelmaker and its complex plotting and dry humor. I disagree with the reviewers who didn't like the digressions -- I thought they all added to the world building and I really enjoyed how the secondary characters were fleshed out, and often the digressions contained a bit of plot point that would turn out to be key. But I tend to like long, complex stories -- I loved The Bone Clocks, for example. This one almost made me go buy a paperback version as a companion as there were a couple of places I wished I could re-read early passages to understand the twists, but in the end it made sense.
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.
Something about myself!
Wonderfully inventive adventure. Could have, at spots, used am editor, but great fun. The reader makes it. The very rare book I am very glad to have listened to instead of read.
I just spent more pages learning about a future combine where everyone is a mime named Kay than I spent on meeting, courting, marrying his wife. Everything is very punchy and quirky and boring. Hair color? Punchy-anecdote. Was the coffee hot? Wacky 2 page anecdote. His wife? So pretty and nice.
The best part of this incoherent rant was that the speaker was so clear I could listen to this on x2 speed.
Really gave it a fair shot but had to stop after the first 12 hours. So many flashbacks that I, more often than not, couldn't tell where/when we were or what was going on. Whole sections were passing me by without a clue as to whether we'd skipped ahead 10-20 years. As other reviewers have said, the detail is immense which I wouldn't mind if it didn't interrupt any semblance of plot flow. Basic questions introduced at the outset, like "what the hell is going on?" are only beginning to be answered 12 hours in. I wanted to like it, but realized that I wasn't engaged emotionally with anything and decided to return the book. Author is a fine writer, but the book is so so dense, maybe it's something you'd have to read instead of listen to.
while at times seemingly tedious and meandering, he brings it all together in a satisfying way. At the end, the numerous side paths all make sense. If you bog down, keep going, it's more than worth it.
For no reason I can identify, I found the narrator pretentious and grating.
The author was thinking of a mix of Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Neal Stephenson. There was a little of that in there, but the end result was meandering, hard to follow, and not engaging enough to be worth the effort.
While I loved Nick Harkaway's near excessive analytical detail of the seemingly mundane and his vast tangents, some readers/listeners may find themselves a bit confused for a while but it all comes together masterfully!
I think that anyone looking for a good "intellectual sci/fi fantasy" will find this book very worth while.
Kirby Heyborne did a phenomenal job of capturing the voice of the characters. I read this book before I listened to the audiobook and was surprised to find that Kirby Heyborne improved on how I already pictured and heard many of the characters.
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