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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gavin Extence Narrator: Joe Thomas Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781478978305
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A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood.

But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing…

Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [An] incredibly touching tale... [Extence] strikes a balance of describing tragic events with comedic style, wrapping his seriousness with subtle absurdity. Amazon.com (Best Book of the Month, July 2103)
  • "The great joy of this quirky novel is Alex Woods, an English boy who's been hit by a meteorite. Alex recounts what follows with charm and wit, even when it includes seizures, bully and the grave illness of his best friend, an old man. Pulsing with humor and insight, this book is a delight.
    People Magazine
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods is the story of how misfit Alex comes to befriend an elderly American curmudgeon, learns to cultivate marijuana and develops a deep appreciation for the work of Kurt Vonnegut. It's a wonderful coming-of-age story, delivered in an offhand casual style that belies the deeply moral concerns of the author. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Precocious and awkward, Alex Woods truly is a welcome addition to the literary world. Charleston City Paper
  • If you enjoy interesting and unique experiences, you will find this to be the must-read of the summer...[The Universe Versus Alex Woods] is a must-have for your library, and a treat for both the young, as well as the young at heart. There is some very deep subject matter discussed, yet the end result is extraordinary. Gavin Extence is an author to watch for. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • “Warm and funny and tragic and uplifting all in one. Extence should be on everyone's radar.”

    Jasper Fforde, author of The Eyre Affair

  • “Extence’s engaging coming-of-age debut skillfully balances light and dark, laughter and tears.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A bittersweet, cross-audience charmer.”

    Library Journal

  • Mark Haddon meets Kurt Vonnegut. Observer (UK)
  • Warm and funny and tragic and uplifting all in one. Extence should be on everyone's radar. Jasper Fforde
  • Perfectly crafted and beautifully written... The Universe Versus Alex Woods may be a debut novel but it is an outstanding novel by any standards. Unforgettable. Red (UK)
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods will put you through the wringer. But oh, what a wringer! NPR Books -- Included on their "5 Great Summer Reads for Teens" List
  • [The Universe Versus Alex Woods is] done in a dark, offbeat style that brings to mind the characters' hero, the literary giant Kurt Vonnegut New York Post
  • Clever storytelling, winning characters and nuanced rhythm... Alex is a precocious, endearing, infuriating and unexpectedly brilliant teenager, and he and his indelible voice are incapable of sticking on the most traveled. Lucky us: We get to go along for the (sometimes bumpy) ride. Denver Post
  • With wit and warmth, Gavin Extence shines a light on one of the darkest, most difficult subjects of our times. Sunday Express
  • A bittersweet, cross-audience charmer, this debut novel will appeal to guys, YA readers, and Vonnegut and coming-of-age fiction fans. Library Journal
  • Extence's engaging coming-of-age debut skillfully balances light and dark, laughter and tears. Publisher's Weekly (Starred review)
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2013
  • Winner of the 2014 YALSA Alex Award
  • A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book
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About the Author

Gavin Extence is the author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods. He lives in Sheffield, England, with his wife, baby daughter, and cat.

About the Narrator

Joe Thomas has appeared in numerous television shows, including Fresh Meat, Threesome, and The Inbetweeners. He has also worked as a writer, comedian, and audiobook narrator.