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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Scott Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739343098
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In this outrageously funny, outrageously inventive debut, one of the most outrageously talented new writers to break onto the science fiction scene in decades asks the most loaded question of all: “Don’t you hate it when this happens?”

That’s what the business card asks Jonny X67, dream architect to the rich and jaded. It’s all the thieves who stole his house left behind. And as if that weren’t bad enough, a saleswoman named Caroline E61 drops from the sky to sell him a set of encyclopedias and won’t take no for an answer. Can his luck get any worse?

In this rip-roaring roller-coaster ride through a brilliantly imagined future of paranoid absurdity, Jonny X will learn the answer soon enough when he falls afoul of a lunatic motorcycle gang nicknamed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a relentless Belgian assassin, and his own irate girlfriend. Traversing a cityscape whose neighborhoods are organized by musical genres, running into joke-telling elevators and holographic computer viruses, Jonny is about to learn what a nightmare it’s going to be to get his old life back, in a reality warping faster than the speed of imagination. Outrageous Fortune heralds a marvelous new talent sure to be delightfully altering the minds of readers for years to come.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/29/2014

    " I think that I enjoyed this book mostly because I really had no idea what was going on until the end. Also I really enjoy what I call "absurdist" humor where the situation or conversation is so absurd that it is hilarious. The only criticism that I have for this book is that it supposedly takes place in California, but do to the dialogue and overall feel it should be based in England. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 krismee | 1/24/2014

    " Lamest thing I've read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/9/2014

    " Outrageously Funny! If you like British Humor and Crazy Science Fiction, then you'll love Outrageous Fortune. I would give this book an R rating only for the very strong language--the first word of the book is F***ers! But it is one crazy roller coaster ride. The main character is having a really F***-Up day (forgive my asterisks). He is chased around a Southern California that is divided up into musical genre themed neighborhoods including Christmas Carols, Punk, Easy-listening, White Noise--just to name a few. Tim Scott reminds me of Douglas Adams --almost. My one criticism is that although the character is from Southern California all of his English has British English characteristics. I guess it's one more crazy element of the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Gravatte | 1/7/2014

    " I didn't like this book at all and only finished it b/c I was on a trip with nothing else to read. A year later I can still remember the entire thing, amazing staying power for something so bad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 1/7/2014

    " This book reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams' stuff. I would have rated it 5 stars if not for the extreme Deus Ex Machina at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annebeth | 12/30/2013

    " Funny, goofy, Douglas-Adamsy, but kind of a lame ending. Still interested in his recent book, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/21/2013

    " Well, if you like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, this will likely catch your eye. Loved it, but it is crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 12/15/2013

    " fast moving and silly fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RoseAnn | 12/9/2013

    " Wow this was a bit weird. I had trouble following it until chapter 37 and then things sort of fell into place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 11/2/2013

    " The book was zany and engaging right up until the overly logical and straightforward conclusion. The ending was what kept me from giving this five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lmgthomas | 11/1/2013

    " I found Scott's world interesting. The slow unfold of the story had me pushing it a bit to see where (if anywhere) he was going. Would like to read something else he has written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew Mowrey | 2/5/2013

    " Keep going between 2 stars and 3 stars. Eventually went with 3 because of the surfing and mountaineering. But more like 2.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/27/2013

    " Its a difficult read. Very stream of fractured consciousness, some of the short chapters are achingly beautiful And some are absurd. The story is a combination of tim powers and douglas adams and on the whole it works. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 10/17/2012

    " Interesting idea, but it wasn't easy to read - it was sort of like listening to and reading someone's dream. Supported the story, but wasn't enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Chancellor | 7/13/2012

    " For a book that everything talked about how funny it was, I don't recall laughing once. It was ok, but not worth reading again or telling anyone else to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun | 6/22/2012

    " Interesting overall concept, but the detailed storyline was very scattered and disconnected. I ended up getting restless and skimmed through many of the passages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 1/27/2012

    " I barely held on to the end. Yes, it all was just a dream. Fitting, because the book put me to sleep more than once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 6/3/2011

    " This might be an author to watch out for, if he can pull his act together. Flair can be compared to Douglas Adams; inventive similes and metaphors abound; plot is lacking and unfulfilling. Needs more cohesiveness "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/12/2011

    " This was a little hard for me to get into at first. It did end up making sense in the end...just not sure it was enough for me to just LOVE it. It was definitly creative, just not really my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/24/2010

    " An awesome imaginative hilarious ride. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/9/2010

    " Bizarre, dystopian, madcap, disconcerting. Interesting, but doesn't inspire me to read his next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/4/2010

    " Its a difficult read. Very stream of fractured consciousness, some of the short chapters are achingly beautiful And some are absurd. The story is a combination of tim powers and douglas adams and on the whole it works. I enjoyed it.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun | 11/15/2010

    " Interesting overall concept, but the detailed storyline was very scattered and disconnected. I ended up getting restless and skimmed through many of the passages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RoseAnn | 6/23/2010

    " Wow this was a bit weird. I had trouble following it until chapter 37 and then things sort of fell into place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/24/2010

    " This was a little hard for me to get into at first. It did end up making sense in the end...just not sure it was enough for me to just LOVE it. It was definitly creative, just not really my cup of tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rcharbon | 11/16/2009

    " I barely held on to the end. Yes, it all was just a dream. Fitting, because the book put me to sleep more than once. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven | 9/30/2009

    " I didn't like this book at all and only finished it b/c I was on a trip with nothing else to read. A year later I can still remember the entire thing, amazing staying power for something so bad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 8/18/2009

    " For a book that everything talked about how funny it was, I don't recall laughing once. It was ok, but not worth reading again or telling anyone else to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/19/2008

    " Bizarre, dystopian, madcap, disconcerting. Interesting, but doesn't inspire me to read his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annebeth | 11/25/2008

    " Funny, goofy, Douglas-Adamsy, but kind of a lame ending. Still interested in his recent book, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 krismee | 11/25/2008

    " Lamest thing I've read this year. "

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About the Author

Tim Scott graduated from Cambridge University, England, and decided to use his hard fought education to work a plasterer, decorator and delivery driver. His writing career began with a training video which warned office staff that falling over could be dangerous. He then went on to write and appear on BBC Radio 4 in around fifty comedy shows—and finally ended up being given his own late night comedy television series on network ITV. Scott has written a large number of children’s books as well as works of fiction, including Outrageous Fortune.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.