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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Harkaway Narrator: Kirby Heyborn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humor (think Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut) with a stunning futuristic vision (á la A Clockwork Orange and 1984, with a little Mad Max thrown in) to give us an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship, and the apocalypse.

There couldn’t be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.

Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it—and save humanity yet again.

But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo’s life—and that of his best friend—than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World.

Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey, geek nirvana, and ultra-cool epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of—among other things—love, pirates, mimes, greed, and ninjas. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes—however unlikely they may seem.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caryn Rose | 2/2/2014

    " I hated every second. i loved every second. This is not usually my particular cup of tea but I read an excerpt and then needed to know what happened. This is a case where the eBook worked in the author's favor because I did not know how long this story was going to be, because I would have probably backed away, SLOWLY, when I saw the size of the actual book. There were times I wanted to give up, where I rued my own lack of imagination in that moment, but Harkaway gets you back in, he pulls you back, inch by inch, slowly. I thought I would hate the ending; I ended up loving the ending. And now, I cannot wait for Angelmaker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen | 1/24/2014

    " Once in a while a book comes along that stops me in my tracks. This is one of them. Filled with invention and beautiful writing, it's one that you must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brett James | 1/21/2014

    " Like a big bowl of sugar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca Lowe | 1/21/2014

    " ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ IN A LONG TIME!!! Not just another future/sci-fi/post apocalyptic venture at all. It's funny and smart and unravels the Corporate Mystery better than any business or philosophy book I've read. Read this book and remember to stay human. "

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