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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Coe Narrator: Colin Buchanan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realizes that while he may have 74 friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems.Then a business proposition requires him to drive to the Shetland Isles. Setting out with an open mind, he sets out with a Prius full of toothbrushes and a friendly voice on his SatNav for company. But Max's trip doesn't go as planned, as he's unable to resist making a series of impromptu visits to important figures from his past who live en route. After a string of cruelly enlightening and intensely awkward misadventures, he finds himself falling in love with the soothing voice of his GPS system (Emma) and obsessively identifying with a sailor who perpetrated a notorious hoax and subsequently lost his mind. Eventually Max begins to wonder if perhaps it's a severe lack of self-knowledge that's hampering his ability to form actual relationships.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernie | 5/21/2011

    " A very unusual book, but enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valentin | 5/17/2011

    " I think most men in theirs forty will find themselves sharing something with the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Signe | 5/12/2011

    " Hilarious in places, but a little too heavily meta for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virgil | 5/12/2011

    " I found this story interesting and a little quirky. Max has an amusing affair with his GPS unit and I'm not sure I like the way it ends, but I enjoyed reading the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deby | 5/9/2011

    " A theme is emerging: dysfunctional adults making peace with their parents. UGH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/3/2011

    " Almost gave it 1 star for the terrible fucking ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhian | 5/1/2011

    " I don't have much to say on this book, other than I absolutely loved it. Right from the start I was drawn in by the endearing characters and quirky humour. Straight to the top as one my favourite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/25/2011

    " A little slow to get into, but well worth it.
    Not the most attractive protaganist, but lots to say about modern life plus plenty of Lodgesque coincidences which I personally like "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pembsgirl | 3/31/2011

    " Jonathan Coe is one of my favourite authors and I really enjoyed this book. I love Coe's sense of humour and how he describes ridiculous situations without getting tied up in knots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/22/2011

    " I loved this book and the ending was superb!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/14/2011

    " There were things that I liked a lot about this book like some fine dialog and interesting characters, but I was disappointed by what I consider a cop out ending and some parts seemed to drag on way too long. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His novels include The Rotters’ ClubThe Accidental WomanA Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, and What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger.