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.
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.
Thank you to both narrator and writer for you attention to detail.
To Mr Harkaway for his daring style and to Mr Heyborne for having a voice for every character, thank you for delivering this tour de force in the Science Fiction Adventure genre.
This is one of my favorites. Combines the absurdity of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Glalaxy with a post-apocalyptic setting that is savage in a truly novel way.
The story is intelligently funny and generally well-written. The characters were memorable and had depth.
The performance was spot-on, with pitch-perfect warmth, outrage and absurdity in all the right places.
Wish I had written it! I will look for more from the author and performer.
Stuck with this despite some very confusing sections. Could probably have been cut by a third and told same story. Narrator's "effected" "eccent" was "vary" "ennoying".
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
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