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Publisher's Summary

The doughnut is a thing of beauty.
A circle of fried doughy perfection.
A source of comfort in trying times, perhaps.
For Theo Bernstein, however, it is far, far more.

Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he's unlikely to get it back). His wife has left him. And he doesn't have any money.

Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died.

By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit box to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. A battle to save humanity itself.

This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny - and a doughnut.

©2013 Tom Holt (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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A fun world for scifantasy fans

Tom Holt has created a group of quixotic characters and a vast universe of world for them to play in. I really hope audible gets the portable door series as well. If you like Pratchett, Moore and the like you will enjoy this series as well.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • 01-07-15

Fun writing, beautifully read, but nobody home

A confection. I liked the use of language, including lots of hilarious similes and resonant alliteration.

But, character development was thin, and there wasn't much arc of growth evident in any of them, so it was hard to care, hard to root for anybody. This so-far-so-what quality made the book easy to put down, though not to the point of hard to finish.

There were lots of surprises. By the end, however, they all seemed like the same surprise over and over, shampoo-rinse-repeat, so the last bit send devoid of any emotion.

Bottom line: finishing, but not worth buying the sequel.

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Bizarre and captivating

I had no idea what I was getting into, especially since I have never read anything by this author. It's such a fun captivating read! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fast passed science based adventure.

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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 01-29-17

Not Holt's Best

I adore some of Tom Holts books but this one disappointed. It drifted with little purpose; a string of alternate universes with a thin plot. I don't have much patience for the alternate universe trope when it seems more an exercise to demonstrate a writer's imagination than valid plot.

If you like alternate universe scenarios, read his Portable Door series ( with 'In Your Dreams', and 'Earth,Air, Fire & Custard'). In that series the alternate realities contribute to the story.

For slapstick fun, free of the alternate universe gimmick, I recommend 'Who's afraid of Beowulf'.

In other words, Tom Holt writes better books but Audible can't or won't get them.

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Random, romp through fun

This is my first experience with Holt. The story line is rather frantic and out there but worth sticking to it in my opinion. Along the line of Pratchett and Piers Anthony. The end made it worth the wait. I'm looking forward to the next story.

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A decent book. But drawn out unnecessarily

The book is read well, and it keeps your attention at the start. But about mid way through, its like a bad movie that has been unnecessarily extended with filler just to make it longer. The book has so much filler in the middle I was tempted to stop listening.

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  • Richard
  • Dallas, Texas, United States
  • 03-08-13

Good Book, but the audio seems out of order.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Hi,
I'm going to try and download the book again, I haven't finished the book yet but Part 2 seems to be jumping around to different sections and there is a 10 minute period that gets repeated.

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The author was writing from a different reality

One where the book didn't waste so much time in the beginning, lost much of the middle and the narrative was tightened up quite a bit. It was about half too long and, I don't know, the whole book seemed a bit whiny.

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  • BG
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  • 06-29-18

Great narration

The book is a mishmash which tries to be clever but completely misses the mark. If not for the excellent narration I would’ve stopped listening a third of the way through. The book has elements of the hitchhikers guide but not nearly as clever and in the
end gibberish.

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The best book of the year for me

I got this book because it had been compared to "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". Indeed it is of the same light humor and whim sickle adventure that kept me engaged during my commute. What I didn't expect was that there would be an subtle philosophical story that slowly built and then revealed itself in the end. If the goal was to gently open my mind to and alternate view, this was very effective. It is one of the first books that I had to go back and listen to without distraction to really get the concept.

Or maybe I am just reading too much into a light hearted fun book.