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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (607 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Rubens Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400183258
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This mordant, fast-paced, witty tour of a delightfully improbable science fiction world combines The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with The Magnificent Seven.

Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy’s most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out to be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

Reluctantly compelled to deliver these defenseless, fluidless children to safety, Cole gathers a misfit crew for a desperate journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. Their destination: the mysterious world of Yrnameer, the very last of the your-name-heres—planets without corporate sponsors. But little does Cole know that this legendary utopia is home to a murderous band of outlaws bent on destroying the planet’s tiny, peaceful community.

Follow Cole’s adventures through a delightfully absurd science fiction universe, where the artificial intelligence is stupid, dust motes carry branding messages, and middle-management zombies have overrun a corporate training satellite. In the spirit of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, The Sheriff of Yrnameer is sci-fi comedy at its best—mordant, raucously funny, and a thrilling must-listen.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 2/20/2014

    " Funny, silly, and very strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve Heinrich | 1/31/2014

    " This is a truly fun book, with non-stop pacing. I keep vacillating between 3 & 4 stars, because while many of the tropes were tired and the gags groan-worthy, I honestly couldn't put it down. For a first effort, it was impressive indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dg Thompson | 1/27/2014

    " Quite funny! I recommend the audio book for a real treat. The narrator and production are one of the liveliest and well done in my audio library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Harrington | 1/21/2014

    " If you like science fiction and comedy combined, this is a fabulous book to read. The characters were whimsical and enjoyable to follow throughout their adventures before and after you arrive at Yrnameer. The dialogue is very funny and sarcastic--loaded with humorous one-liners. The bad guys were a trip...definitely. Fantastic book...I would definitely read a sequel if it came out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trin | 1/17/2014

    " An enjoyable sci-fi/comedy/pastiche/parody/adventure that, for all that it lacks originality, almost makes up for it in enthusiasm. It's a fun, fast-paced flight through regions of space where men have gone before, most notably Douglas Adams; however, unlike others who owe Adams their lifeblood, Rubens is genuinely funny--I especially enjoyed the universe's stupidest computer (he likes pebbles!). There are even moments of actual character development amongst the wackiness, and--points again--Rubens gives his female characters more to do than Adams ever did. This book won't change your life, but it might brighten it for a few hours. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Schwarz | 1/11/2014

    " I'm abandoning this one. Full of individually witty exchanges and scenes that just refuse to add up to anything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antipigeons | 1/2/2014

    " I have to say, this sci-fi-on-crack stuff wasn't for me. Maybe a better writer would have handled the addled, frenzied style with a defter touch, but as it stands Yrnameer is mediocre. The ad-supported future has been done, and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manami | 12/27/2013

    " It was cute! Reluctant hero, rag-tag bunch, a quest into the unknown, lots of quips and plenty of action. It's a good formula done well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 11/28/2013

    " Funny and had some really cool scenes, but I felt like it was trying too hard to amuse me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 11/7/2013

    " A couple of years ago I read a book that kind of reminded me of Doug Adams, except it wasn't nearly as good, and it just ended up being depressing. I should have read The Sheriff of Yrnameer instead. OK, it wasn't published yet, but you get my drift. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 11/4/2013

    " Read this essentially in one sitting during jury duty. Pretty bad. Comparing this guy to Adams and Pratchett is silly, person who wrote the back of the book. He even put a poetry loving race in there. Come on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Binkley | 11/2/2013

    " Firefly meets Douglas Adams. Highly entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 10/30/2013

    " Mostly funny and smart. Kind of a Father Goose meets Hitchhiker's Guide. I hate to do comparisons, but it's unavoidable here. If you like frantic, satirical humor, you'll enjoy this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Veach Glines | 10/28/2013

    " Pedantic. Cliched. Maybe 8-10 year old boys will get a giggle. I will never read anything by Michael Rubens ever again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel B. | 8/19/2013

    " Worth 3.5 stars, couldn't quite go to 4. Entertaining. Hitchhiker's Guide meets Han Salo. Nods to the Alien series, corporate zombie culture and ads on *everything.* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 8/18/2013

    " Satirical sci-fi that tries really, really hard to be Douglas Adams or Tom Holt, but just doesn't make it. Regardless, this is a fun book with some clever elements. I'll give the author another try... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 6/27/2013

    " Very fun light reading. All the mentions of similarities to Pratchet are right on in my opinion. If you like his work there's a good chance you'll like this as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/2/2013

    " Comedy is hard to write. Rubens does a good job "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 1/13/2013

    " Very silly but I enjoyed it a lot. The characters are charming, even some of the "bad guys". It's a fun read and I'll look for more by Michael Rubens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl Schaeffer | 1/5/2013

    " A satiric gambol thru the future with lots of tongue in cheek jabs at life/society as we know it. Science fiction in the Buck Rogers mode, if Buck Rogers was a smart aleck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth S | 7/24/2012

    " I liked it. It was light and silly, and I mean that in a good way. Very entertaining story and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Johnson | 1/30/2012

    " Like Han Solo in a Hitchhiker Universe. And a great dust jacket. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cj | 5/16/2011

    " This book is hilarious and creative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 4/16/2011

    " Haha. Not laugh-out loud funny, but more of a silly book. If you love Douglas Adams' books, then you should like this. A fast read for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 3/10/2011

    " Like Han Solo in a Hitchhiker Universe. And a great dust jacket. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 2/22/2011

    " It is like a really bad Disney movie but still a bit fun all the same. Not a bad read when you are home sick with the flu. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 2/21/2011

    " It's sort of funny like "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," but lacking the je ne sais quoi. It wasn't a chore to read nor did I ever feel compelled to pick it up. As a result, it took a long time to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/31/2011

    " Ok for an airplane read, but yet another book by a TV/ comedy writer who seems embarrassed to be writing a long-form piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/21/2011

    " 3.5 stars. It's like reading a sitcom. The reader, William Dufris, does a great job and gives this book the goofy comic voicing it needs. "

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

    " I felt like this book couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a homage to Terry Prachett or to Douglas Adams - in the end it did neither one justice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manda | 1/2/2011

    " plot graph like a sine wave.


    * currently 80% through the book

    funny at times, but I'm not engaged. It's taken me weeks to get through and i stopped before the climax to read something else.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eris | 11/27/2010

    " Four stars because it made me laugh outloud in spots. Funny, good light reading with a lovely edge of sarcasm and a touch of social/commercial commentary (nothing too heavy, just a jab here and there). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myk | 11/20/2010

    " The review I read said it was really funny and comparable to Hitchhiker's Guide, it wasn't that good. I think when a book is compared to the Hitchhiker's Guide it should be very funny. I did enjoy the story though, it was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 10/7/2010

    " Sort of embarrassed to admit it but I was thoroughly entertained by this book even though the humor is pretty silly I giggled out loud anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoff | 9/28/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. I ended up finishing it in less than 24 hours after I bought it. The story is good and the jokes are good. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Rubens

Michael Rubens is a television writer and producer whose credits include work for Oxygen, the Travel Channel, CNN, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.