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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Leith Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780449011638
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A hurricane sweeps off the Gulf of Mexico and, in the back country of Alabama, assembles a passenger jet out of old bean cans and junkyard waste. This piques the interest of the enigmatic Directorate of the Extremely Improbable. Their fascination with this random event sets into motion a madcap caper that will bring together a hilarious cast of characters, including: an eccentric mathematician, last heard of investigating the physics of free will; a lovelorn Cambridge postgraduate who has set off to America with a ring in his pocket and hope in his heart; and a member of the Directorate with no capacity for imagination.  What ensues is a chaotic chase across a fully realized, hyper-real America, haunted by madness, murder, mistaken identity, and conspiracy.  The Coincidence Engine is a lively, boisterous debut that heralds the arrival of a major new talent. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Dolan | 2/5/2014

    " Really enjoyed this, it's an entertaining and surprising read and also an easy one - read it in about 2 days. Just the ending is a bit muddy, but I'm hoping someone in book club will help me understand that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Fernkopf | 2/4/2014

    " This book is well-written and has good character moments, but overall it was disappointing. The premise is so rich and has such potential, but the execution fails to meet the possibilities. Sometimes the narrative harps too long on one thing or another to the point that it seems to remove one from the story. I would probably rate this book higher as well if it had a better ending. I just didn't care for how it wrapped up everything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan Fricker | 1/27/2014

    " I didn't really see the point. There were a few laughs but generally i was left thinking so what an awful lot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanoi Rondón | 1/12/2014

    " This was an ok read. I spent some time off the book before picking it back, not exactly a page turner. I like the fact it covers some modern stuff like the use of an iPod and also that it has a 'soundtrack' at the end which sort of plays along the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 1/4/2014

    " Eh. The author seems consciously hoping for comparisons to Douglas Adams and Thomas Pynchon, which doesn't do him any favors. At heart it's a fairly pedestrian thriller for all its Fortean pretentions, although there are enough good ideas or odd characters to make it at least reasonably diverting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terry Schroeder | 12/5/2013

    " Interesting idea clumsily executed. Easily the most confusing book I've read. Anti-climactic ending. Didn't really care, just glad it was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weston | 10/25/2013

    " It was going good till the end started approaching. The story just fell apart at that point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuk | 10/16/2013

    " Fun, a few philosophical musings but mostly a Macguffin hunt. A good one though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 10/14/2013

    " This book was interesting, but I felt a little lost while I was reading it. I like the idea behind it but I feel as though the follow-through was a but lacking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Garret | 7/28/2013

    " A bit boring. I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill H | 4/20/2013

    " A pinch of *The Gone Away World*, a dash of *Hitchhiker's Guide*. A conspiracy / fantasy / road-trip / math-mumbo-jumbo melange. Not perfect, but a fun read; the author's got a talent for character and description on top of some imagination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerry | 1/14/2013

    " Really a 2.5 star rating is more appropriate. Overall, an ok story with some quirks to the storytelling. I think a lot of that came from a British author trying to write for American characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Oakes | 11/12/2012

    " An odd book, but a good one. It also includes a character who loves Peggle and Plants vs Zombies. A coincidence? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Stone | 9/24/2012

    " A promising idea, but I din't find the details convincing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 8/29/2012

    " 100 pages in and I don't get it and am not sure that I want to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allegra Rosenberg | 7/15/2012

    " excellent! exciting plot, diverse characters, and a satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Moffa | 3/9/2012

    " Neat quantum-ish sort of romping thinkpiece. I like it!! "

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.