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The Gone-Away World Audiobook

The Gone-Away World

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A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humor (think Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut) with a stunning futuristic vision (á la A Clockwork Orange and 1984, with a little Mad Max thrown in) to give us an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship, and the apocalypse.

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.

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    Nancy 11-04-15
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    "Engrossing and thought-provoking"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances 02-16-12
    Frances 02-16-12
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    "Audible give me more stars for this book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gone-Away World the most enjoyable?

    Kirby Heyborne embodies The Narrator. Brilliant!


    What other book might you compare The Gone-Away World to and why?

    Hard to say, since this story is truly unique, but Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey has some similarities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pa Lubitch's monster bees.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Not that it isn't THAT good, but I needed to take breaks and digest it.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it. Listen to it. Love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 01-06-11
    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 01-06-11 Member Since 2017
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    "at long last"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PearlyBaker Prairie Village, KS 09-23-17
    PearlyBaker Prairie Village, KS 09-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I Miss the Earth So Much, I Miss my Wife"

    Simply the most beautiful book I've read since The Son. This surreal piece that melted my face and bent my mind like St. Jerome used to in the 80's. Quick aside: My church canonized Señor Garcia in year of our Lord 19 and 95. Anywho Nick used a classic Hegelian Dialectic to turn good to the dark side the same way W. got us into two useless and never-ending wars and the dotard Trump will get us into WW3 with Rocket Man. And I defy you not to cry when the voiceless dragon school appears. I am patently dead inside and even I cried. It was an emotional day however as I had to perform three abortions on some out of control heirloom cucumber vines in my extremely crowded urban micro farm. May your next life be filled with better soil and less fearless and predatory rabbits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CompuChip 06-30-17
    CompuChip 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A post apocalyptic world with heart"
    Where does The Gone-Away World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The world was wonderful, deep, and complex. I would rate it in the top 10% of the books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters grew and kept me on my tows.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    The protagonist was definitely my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The world may have gone away, but one man will fight to save it


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    Michell Thompson Texas 06-06-17
    Michell Thompson Texas 06-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a writer that can turn a phrase, but slow paced."

    Excellent narration. But the story didn't go anywhere quick enough for my taste. I gave up after a couple chapters, and I don't like to quit but I had no curiosity about the story or the characters.

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    Ivy McLeod Houston, TX United States 04-15-17
    Ivy McLeod Houston, TX United States 04-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "This one stays with you..."
    Where does The Gone-Away World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of the list of the audiobooks I remember (and I've listened to hundreds). Lovely but haunting, or...haunting but lovely.


    What other book might you compare The Gone-Away World to and why?

    In some ways it may compare to Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay or Haruki Murakami (the author may or may not appreciate those comparisons but I consider them a compliment), but in a number of ways truly unique.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire last third of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a happy story, really quite grim in places but still beautiful in total.

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    KP 12-12-16
    KP 12-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Schizophrenic and fanciful"

    I read this author's most recent book, TIGER MANan, and enjoyed it so (so!) much that I decided to listen to another one of his titles.

    I can't say I enjoyed this book quite as much as Tiger Man, but it was interesting, intriguing, ADD, and engaging throughout.

    The high concept in it is a really interesting one, a post apocalyptic world that I've not seen or read anywhere else - really cool and terrifying at the same time.

    Relatable first person protagonist, post apocalyptic world-saving maintenance crew, ninja life, nightmares made real by nuclear fallout, love story, heist, traveling band of mimes, video game-like final bad guy...all wrapped into one.

    The author indulges in tangents at every turn, so you will have to be prepared for that, but most of them are incredibly artfully described, if at times a bit TMI. But that is the style of this book and the voice and it lends itself well.

    The performance is absolutely amazing too, think Ewan McGregor.

    This book is almost as if Tarantino directed a 20 hour film with a $500 million budget and had permission to explore the nuance and backstory of each character, to the depths and creativity that only he can dream up.

    Bottom line, I became a fan of Nick Harkaway after reading Tiger Man and, after reading this book, that hasn't changed.

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    Zachary 10-17-16
    Zachary 10-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious and poignant in rapid succession"

    A superlative exemplar of British snark and apologism of the absurd. I was delighted at all times.

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    D. Marie 10-11-16
    D. Marie 10-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Storytelling at its finest"

    This is a beautifully written book. The language is lush and expertly narrated. I didn't want this story to end.

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