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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Proehl Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780735208124
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A debut about a mother and son on a cross-country road trip through the world of comic-cons that combines a delightfully geeky setting with an emotionally rich story to create a literary-meets-genre pleasure.

Valerie Torrey took her son Alex and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on an X-Files-ish TV show and her costar husband after a spectacular tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twenty-something illustrator to a lesbian comics writer to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A debut from an exciting new writer that combines winning characters and emotional heft with a deliciously knowing portrait of the alternate universe of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is at heart a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anybody up on superheroes and X-Files will have a lot to love here.”

    USA Today

  • “With enthralling characters and tons of heart, this read (much like a good con) has something for everyone.”


  • “A tribute to the pleasures of fandom—as well as to the special connection between a mother and her only child…Equal parts great American road-trip narrative and coming-of-age novel, this brilliant story from a debut novelist is a treat for the diehard nerds and fans among us.”


  • “Proehl’s touch is both sensitive and assured…but its steely strength lies in its recognition that we’re all constantly growing up, no matter how old you are…You will add Proehl’s smart, flawed, and thoughtful characters to the list of those who can save us and our dreams.”


  • “Proehl has done an excellent job of integrating all of the story lines and creating memorable characters to populate them.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator MacLeod Andrews’ warm voice…acts out each character, imbuing them with believable personalities and emotions. His performance is a treat for listeners as they fall in love with Alex and his exploration of the hundred thousand worlds that are intertwined with his own. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2016
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About the Author
Bob Proehl grew up in Buffalo, New York, where his local comics shop was Queen City Bookstore. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He has written for the 33? book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatters.com. Proehl currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, stepson, and daughter.
About the Narrator

MacLeod Andrews is an actor and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. He has starred in a number of independent short and feature films and is a member of the Rising Phoenix Repertory Company in New York City.