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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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