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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James P. Othmer Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Henry Tuhoe is the quintessential twenty-first–century man. He has a vague, well-compensated job working for a multinational conglomerate—but everyone around him is getting laid off as the company outsources everything it can to third-world countries.

Henry has a beautiful wife—his college sweetheart—and an idyllic new home in the leafy suburbs, complete with a pool. But his wife won’t let him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; he’s seriously overleveraged on the mortgage; and no matter what chemicals he tries, the pool remains a corpse-like shade of ghastly green.

Then Henry’s boss offers him a choice: go to the tiny, magical, about-to-be-globalized Kingdom of Galado to oversee the launch of a new customer-service call center for a boutique bottled water company the conglomerate has just acquired, or lose the job with no severance. Henry takes the transfer, more out of fecklessness than a sense of adventure.

In Galado, a land both spiritual and corrupt, Henry wrestles with first-world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a steroid-abusing, megalomaniac monarch, and a woman intent on redeeming both his soul and her country. The result is a riveting piece of fiction of and for our times, blackly satirical, moving, and profound.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Othmer wrings humor from nearly every facet of contemporary culture…It’s well-done satire—dark, but not too.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 12/4/2013

    " A man suffering from a personal crisis accepts an assignment to bring a call center to a fictional Nepal-like mountain kingdom. This would make a good screenplay and, unfortunately, often reads like one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Rodeback | 3/24/2013

    " Othmer's darkly comic, oddly insightful story of a corporate lackey's accidental redemption is well worth the time. If only it came with a CD containing the allusional soundtrack laced through the text! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lori | 1/23/2012

    " This story seems geared toward a screen-play & lost me a little bit, but some good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hugh | 8/4/2011

    " Wonderfully insightful AND entertaining. (I rarely get to pair those two...) smart and funny, but with a human tug of outrage at how we conduct our business overseas. "

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About the Author
Author James P. Othmer

James P. Othmer is the author of Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet and the novel The Futurist, which was expanded from a short story published in the Virginia Quarterly that was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and children.