Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
A few words from Neil on Dimension of Miracles: "Dimension of Miracles is probably not [Sheckley's] most famous book…. but I think it's probably his best-loved book. It's about the joys and tribulations (mostly the tribulations) of winning the lotterythe galactic lotteryaccidentally. And wrongly. Tom Carmody is awarded a remarkable prize, is taken half way across the universe to collect it, finds himself hopelessly lost, and needs to find his way home again to Earth…to this Earth, not an alternate, weirdo Earth. He's got to get back. And the price is high.
In its style of humorand even in some of the jokesDimension of Miracles is very obviously a precursor of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas actually hadn't read Dimension of Miracles until very shortly after Hitchhiker came out, when people pointed him to it, and he told me that he found the experience almost shockingit was like reading himself. He was a huge admirer of Bob Sheckley and a huge admirer of this book, and in later life, I had the privilege of introducing both of them.
Now the challenge for me with a book this funny, this strange, this perceptive was to try and find a narrator who was as iconic, somebody who could deliver the goods, somebody who could give you a book like this as it deserved to be given. And the first, and the last, and actually the only person to come to mind was John Hodgman. So I asked John, and he said yes! And he did it; he pulled it off. Listening to Johnnot just the suave, sensible, sane narrator of this book, but all the peculiar accents and incarnations that he is forced to adopt through herehe does it delightfully, he does it brilliantly, he's really, really funny. And so is this book. Enjoy your journey through a Dimension of Miracles."
Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home. Meanwhile, his removal from Earth has caused a predatory entity to spring into existence - one that pursues and aims to destroy him. Carmody is on the run, and he ends up transporting from Earth to Earth - different phases and realities of the planet, which of course is not the time or condition he expects.
©1968 Robert Sheckley (P)2013 Robert Sheckley
"Hodgman, probably best known to geeks for his appearances on The Daily Show and his role as the PC in those Apple commercials a few years back, has a dryly intelligent deadpan that wonderfully counterpoints the absurd adventures of Thomas Carmody, a mid 20th-century New York everyman who’s invited to a galactic center to collect a sweepstakes prize." (Locus)
An overall really enjoyable listen that should appeal to fans of Douglas Adams. The book raced by, but suddenly and unexpectedly slammed on the brakes near the end with a rather tedious segment. Sadly never recovered, and ended more with a whimper than I would have liked and expected.
As a Douglas Addams fan and sci-fi enthusiasts, I loved this old book. It's quite forward thinking even if it was written in the 60s!
If you like the quick banter of West Wing and the Logic talk of Mall Rats you will love this book! It is Syfy in the fact it takes place in different dimensions, but it is more intellectual than science fiction. It is funny, creative, and makes you think, but not so much that your head hurts. Enjoy!
This was the best book and audiobook I've listened to in a while, with an outstandingly perfect reading by John Hodgman. Truly great.
This accidental world traveler story was a delight, all the more so considering it was published back in 1968. The satire is sometimes off but more times than not, it is grinningly humorous.
This book is a classic. If you love SciFi in the likes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you'll love this. The great John Hodgman also narrates much better than you would expect for a living PC, his panoply of voices giving each character a distinct personality, also read at a pleasing cadence. 5/5 stars in my book!
Galactic fun from an American writer who is the parallel of Douglas Adams!
Just as smart, philosophical and amusing as the Hitchhiker's Guide books.
Not enough time for listening: tiny commute, little travel, and less leisure. And the dog must be walked. Wah!
I was not familiar with this story or with Robert Sheckley, and I am SO glad I snagged this story. Fantastic reader matched to a great story.
I bought it based on Neil's recommendation and glad I did - excellent work, positive in the end, interesting twists along the way. The reader used lots of different voices which I thought worked well and didn't sound forced like some others I've heard.
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