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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Hynes Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781456123826
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James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This off-beat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times- office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy. Worse still, he may be losing the only thing he has left-his mind.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 neil | 2/20/2014

    " You know, I don't actually remember whether this book was great or not. But I do remember it. And I have a passing thought that it was hilarious. The fact that I remember it, however, implies it is worth recommending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime | 2/14/2014

    " This starts out pretty entertaining and rapidly goes straight into idiotic. Kind of a shame - I enjoyed the first 50 pages or so, but it moves from clever to wacky at such a breakneck speed that I found myself wondering if I'd mistakenly picked up a different book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Herbert | 2/8/2014

    " Hynes does for office work (for the state government, no less) what he did for academia in the Lecturer's Tale, providing witty satire of office politics and drudgery. At the same time he tells a macabre tale of mysterious goings-on after hours that takes a turn to the supernatural (the point being that office work is so mindless that the undead could do it for you?). I would have liked a little more of the office satire and less of the scary tale, but it was definitely a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " Perhaps I wasn't in the right frame of mind when i read this book but I did not enjoy the story at all. The ending of the book was to over the top with the exception of maybe the last paragraph which actually made me chuckle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devon | 2/2/2014

    " It was okay. Honestly, having come off of my Christopher Moore high, I was really looking for a novel to fill that void: something smart and sarcastic and funny. You know, more-Moorish. This book was okay. I think I only laughed out loud once. The main character got to be a little tedious in the way Hynes kept going on and on and on trying to set up what a loser he was because of his fall from grace. I found myself not really caring about the characters- not because they were successfully set up that way, but because for the most part they were flimsy and transparent. The only character I truly cared about and believed was Charlotte, the ghost cat. See what I mean? It was a quick read, but once I finished, I sadly didn't feel excited to read more of Hynes's work. I ended up skimming through parts of it, silently mouthing "blah blah blah." The ending was sort of abrupt and fantastical (which is fine) but overall it was kind of bland. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 1/27/2014

    " Great satire of the work world! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Fulbright | 1/26/2014

    " Kings of Infinite Space grabbed me from the description on the back of the book. A technical writer, in Texas, whose work life is hell? Hey, this main character and I have a lot in common! (Minus the part about him being haunted by his dead cat.) After I read the first page, I knew I was going to love this book, and it certainly delivered. Awesome character development, genuinely creepy goings-on, and real laugh-out-loud moments. The ending went pretty far into strangeland, but it was still a fantastic read, one of my favorites in recent years. There's a blurb on the back of the book that says "Office Space meets the X-Files" and I think that's about dead on. I loved it, and I'll probably read it again soon. Well done, Mr. Hynes! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kparke | 1/14/2014

    " Just not my kind of humor, I guess -- I heard a glowing review on NPR and decided to buy the book, but I think I only chuckled once, at what happens w/ the cat on the very last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/10/2014

    " Mike made me read this...makes me afraid to have a real/office/cube job. Probably entertaining for someone who works in an office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neven | 12/26/2013

    " A fun premise - middle management as literal vampires - done in an engaging way. Could've used a stronger protagonist and fewer distractions, but it's a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 12/15/2013

    " this was fun. it's kind of a creepy office space-ish book. it reminded me of the big u, as well, except the descent into fantastical warfare wasn't so ridiculous since the presence of the ghost cat right from the beginning signalled that it wasn't going to be realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anderson | 12/2/2013

    " I dind't know what to expect when I read this but I was rewarded with a sci-fi ish story with a glaze of comedy. When you are hating your job or your life, read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 11/23/2013

    " spooky, thought provoking, little bit literary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Page | 11/9/2013

    " Life's a bitch, and then you get a crap job. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 7/22/2013

    " Meh. Not sure if it was really worth it. Interesting enough to finish, but it has its share of flaws, and they're not really outweighed by some kind of greatness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Deurbrouck | 6/4/2013

    " Four stars worth of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ak | 12/27/2012

    " wackadoo, and the main climactic plot points disappointingly predictable (compared to the uniqueness of his style)...but a nice pointed satire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/29/2012

    " I'm just too insecure for a book about a depressed temp right now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lurra | 10/22/2012

    " Zombies in office setting. Cats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike McQuillian | 10/11/2012

    " The mix of office-comedy and horror is kinda neat. A funny book, but nothing I would go out of my way to recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 2/14/2012

    " A darkly comedic take on "The Office" type workplace filled with "The Office" type personalities, but with a sinister horror twist. Somehow it worked for me and I'm sure I will be thinking of scenes from the book in future meetings at work. (Thanks for the suggestion and loaning me the book Erika) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 11/20/2011

    " Kind of weird, but ultimately a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 11/16/2011

    " Kinda like "Office Space" meets Stephen King. Both creepy and funny, along with downright weird. Very enjoyable and a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 10/23/2011

    " This novel is very reminiscent of Office Space...for all the right reasons...a definite favorite... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quentin | 10/16/2011

    " Worth every penny... everything that great off-kilter fiction should be. Strange, funny, quite scary at times. I'm not even sure how to classify it in terms of genre. Plus, it has one of the best last pages of any book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/26/2011

    " I REALLY liked this book. I'd actually give it 4.5 stars (it's not perfect), but I rounded up. Quirky, creepy, funny. Office Space meets Stephen King. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fiore777 | 8/2/2011

    " It was an odd read. I liked the very end of it and I didn't feel particularly sorry for the lead despite all the crap he got into since he wasn't likable to me. But at the same time I wasn't pleased with the less than happy ending after all the crazy stuff that went down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendal | 6/2/2011

    " This book had some great humor to it, but the end got a little out-of-whack. None the less, it's worth reading for the funny interaction of Paul, the dead cat he killed, and his co-workers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 5/13/2011

    " I read this novel about a haunted office while I was working at Fremont Bank, and I found it truly spooky. The book is really absurd, and really funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/8/2011

    " I read this clear through to the end and kept saying to myself, "When will start getting good?" It never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/14/2011

    " I was totally with this book until the last 50 pages or so when it veered into loony land. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fiore777 | 4/14/2011

    " It was an odd read. I liked the very end of it and I didn't feel particularly sorry for the lead despite all the crap he got into since he wasn't likable to me. But at the same time I wasn't pleased with the less than happy ending after all the crazy stuff that went down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/14/2011

    "
    The mix of office-comedy and horror is kinda neat. A funny book, but nothing I would go out of my way to recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/12/2010

    " Kind of weird, but ultimately a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 3/5/2010

    " This went from dull to ludicrous with only a brief stopover at interesting. The ridiculous finale, complete with a battle of office supplies and a deus ex machina in the form of a ghost cat, was the last straw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 1/25/2010

    " spooky, thought provoking, little bit literary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/12/2009

    " I'm just too insecure for a book about a depressed temp right now
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 10/11/2009

    " I would read this book again. Hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neven | 10/7/2009

    " A fun premise - middle management as literal vampires - done in an engaging way. Could've used a stronger protagonist and fewer distractions, but it's a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 8/20/2009

    " A twisted and sometimes dark tale about office life and working in a cubicle environment - in this case, it could be considered cubicle hell. I liked Hynes's writing style and the story held my interest throughout and was an entertaining read. "

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About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.