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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Hynes Narrator: LJ Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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One of America's most unique voices, James Hynes taps his dark humor for this startling novel.

Kevin Quinn is a standard-variety American male: middle-aged, liberal-leaning, self-centered, emotionally damaged, generally determined to avoid both pain and responsibility. As his relationship with his girlfriend approaches a turning point, and his career seems increasingly pointless, he decides to secretly fly to a job interview in Austin, Texas. Aboard the plane, Kevin is simultaneously attracted to the young woman in the seat next to him and panicked by a new wave of terrorism in Europe and the UK. He lands safely with neuroses intact and full of hope that the job, the expansive city, and the girl from the plane might yet be his chance for reinvention. His next eight hours make up this novel, a tour-de-force of mordant humor, brilliant observation, and pause-resistant storytelling.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Dufield | 2/18/2014

    " It took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't like the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Johnston | 2/7/2014

    " I just finished reading this book. I don't know what to say.... The book was disconcerting, tragic, horrifying, hilarious, compelling, stunning, terribly sad, yet very moving. There were times when the main character was annoying (why is every middle-aged man depicted as a lecherous lout) but truly funny. There is an almost post-apocolypic feeling in the background of the story, but it doesn't come to the surface until the end, and what an end! Truly stunning. This book will not be for everyone. Some of the images at the end are painful in the context of the world we live in today and what has happened to us over the last 10 years as a society. Yet, I don't believe you can read this book without being moved. Read it, then tell everyone what you think it means "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 1/19/2014

    " Strange. Enjoyed the Austin airport and Detroit airport references since I just returned from a air trip that included both. I read this book by skipping around, which did not hurt the read at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denali | 1/10/2014

    " Most of the time when I call something clever I mean it as a compliment. This time, not so much. As the reviewers note there is a lot of frank humor in this book and it's nice to see a novel get so deeply into a characters head while still reflecting the reality of the outside world. Kevin Quinn might have been elevated from his status as everychump if the book wasn't so pleased with itself for constantly setting and upending expectations around him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pragmatic Poet | 1/3/2014

    " Hard to get into at first I found; very, very descriptive, but it came out in the end. Well-developed character and exquisitely written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 12/28/2013

    " I could not get into this at all and stopped reading before getting very far. Since the story only takes place over one day and is mostly reflection, there just wasn't enough action to hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/22/2013

    " Wow! The imagery was fabulous! I felt like I was with the narrator the whole time, even during his numerous flashbacks. I was blown away by the ending...it will leave you hanging in more ways than one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 9/19/2013

    " I don't know about this one. I don't know at all. Torn between 2 stars and 3 1/2 stars. It's uneven and the transitions between past/present are not well executed. I found the off-beat journey compelling, however it was too erratic and badly paced to be effective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Rice | 6/22/2013

    " Surprising book. Very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/26/2013

    " Good stuff. Great words. Unexpected ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Burris | 1/9/2013

    " Blazed through this once I got into it. The last 50 pages sort of come out of nowhere. "

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

    " This book was really dumb. You may want to read it to see just how dumb. How it is one of the notable books of 2010 is beyond me. I was going to give it two stars until I got to that awful sex scene and then I had to give it one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allan Abinoja | 7/6/2012

    " Couldn't get past the first 50 pages, which basically chronicle an old guy stalking a younger woman... Next! (book, that is) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fletcher | 6/4/2012

    " Did not see that coming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 3/9/2012

    " Ugh. Got to page 33 and all that had happened was the main character had gone from an airplane into a taxi. A complete snooze-fest. I have not the patience right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/11/2012

    " This book is amazing. Interestingly, in spite of the fact that the reviews on the back reference Joyce's Ulysses, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/4/2011

    " Terrific book. A must read for anyone who's lived in Ann Arbor the past 20-30 years. Somewhat slow-going until about 1/3 of the way through, and then I couldn't put it down. It's really a 4.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean-Marie | 6/27/2011

    " Clever and engaging. Captures the Austin vibe well and provides a somewhat painful entree into the male psyche, which is mitigated by the author's sense of humor and genuine originality, a rare trait. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bethspin | 5/31/2011

    " This book was really dumb. You may want to read it to see just how dumb. How it is one of the notable books of 2010 is beyond me. I was going to give it two stars until I got to that awful sex scene and then I had to give it one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/25/2011

    " Great ending. Little too male menopausal for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joane | 5/4/2011

    " I did not like this book. The ending was too much for me. The journey, too weird.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/30/2011

    " Overly wordy and meandering book, but the ending was worth reading the entire thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " An interview in Austin. A one day novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 4/24/2011

    " I'll probably come back and write a proper review. This book should have been bigger than it was. It's audaciously written, almost a stream of consciousness that works perfectly. For writers it's a brilliant lesson in breaking the rules and getting away with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elbrackeen | 3/28/2011

    " Ugh. Read it for the Rooster. Finished it, which is more than I can say for a lot of books lately. Very depressing on so many levels. "

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