You wake up ...something's wrong ...you're human.
An ancient space being called Moomamu has awoken on Earth and wants nothing more than to get back to his home in the stars. Taking the advice of his cat, Gary, he makes his way up t'north to meet the Tall-One-With-Insight.
As he journeys across a land of underground trains, cappuccinos, and a man obsessed with killing him, he soon learns that being on Earth is a symptom of a bigger problem, and going home just might destroy the planet.
Be warned: contains graphic violence, swearing, and the protagonist is a bit of a git.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from The Hipster from Outer Space and wasn't entirely convinced it would be the right audiobook for me. I can honestly say I've never listened to anything quite like this in my life. It is an immensely imaginative, surrealistic and satirical science fiction story, and I loved it!
Moomamu is ancient alien who has experienced a lot. Different cultures, different planets. But when he wakes up in London and finds himself occupying the body of a human, a hipster, he just wants to get back home because life on earth is rather perplexing. Fortunately, he meets Gary. Gary is a cat. A cat that speaks. Returning home isn't straightforward, though. There is a psychopath with an obsession for self-help tapes and then the matter of having to save the earth and humankind.
Obviously, this is totally wacky and absurd but it was an awful lot of fun and great entertainment for 9 hours. Luke Kondor has a nice style of writing that is easy to engage with and with his very creative mind and brilliant sense of humor his story held my attention for the entire time.
The story is told from different perspectives, which required a bit of concentration initially to keep up with all the different characters and to work out how it all fitted together.
The highlight for me was the way the author imagined how a creature from outer space would view our modern society and experience our daily lives, from commuting to coffee shops to living with pets etc. Lots of irony and fun. There is a bit of swearing, but it was right for the characters. The violence wasn't over the top or gratuitous.
This is book 1 of a trilogy and while there is no huge cliffhanger, the ending leaves the plot and some of the characters' fates wide open. The other two books haven't been released yet. I would certainly be interested in listening to future sequels. Especially, if narrated by Ian McEuen, whom I hadn't listened to before. His absolutely fantastic narration really enhanced my enjoyment of this story. He excelled at the many unique and distinctive voices that were all completely suitable for the particular characters. Apart from Moomamu and Gary, the cat (superb voicing), my other favorite was the self-help guy. Brilliant performance with the right nuances of malice, laughter, whispering and different accents. Pacing and delivery were spot-on. The quality of the production was excellent.
If you want to try something totally different, something quirky and witty, with awesome, well-developed characters, then I can recommend this.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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