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Publisher's Summary

It's hardest to belong when you're closest to home....
One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.
Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife's eyes?
©2013 Matt Haig (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Casper on 03-23-15

I love it

I came to this by the repeated mentions by Brady haron of the hello internet podcast (audible sponsors the show). This was a fantastic experience, offering excellent insights into humans, love and life. It's a surprisingly philosophical book that well foreshadowed. Honestly, it's the kind of classic that I feel high school English classes should teach.

The performance was good. I listened at 1.25x speed. No complaints, the English accent fit the setting.

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By Alexander on 12-29-15

Not a psykology book

The story was predictable, but mildly entertaining. I'm 19, so it might be more fun for an older audience.

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By Robyn on 08-03-16

A gentle listen

I don’t often do this, but I read a few of the other reviews before writing my own. I couldn’t quite work out why I took so long to get into this book.

My typical book selection is from the fantasy genre – both contemporary and epic, with a little sci-fi. Occasionally I need a change of pace, and randomly select something left field for me - this turned out to be one of those selections. It is sci-fi, but not as I expected, and I think perhaps I struggled to embrace its observational approach.

Initially, I was a little bored and although the observations about us humans were well presented, and occasionally amusing, I found it a little obvious and predictable. I did eventually warm to the story and the characters, and by half-way I was enjoying it and was even a little sad to come to the end - I can see how other reviewers have given it good reviews. It has some lovely moments, and the pace does pick up by the midpoint, which is probably what I was struggling with initially.

I have no idea whether the mathematical references are correct or not, but they don't detract from the story. (However, I won’t be able to look at a prime number in the same way ever again.)

It’s a gentle listen; an observation on life as a human being, and how we aren’t all that bad despite our obvious failings.

Mark Meadows does a good job as narrator.

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By Kaggy on 08-24-13

A profound and shining star

If I could write like Matt Haig I would be able to express how much I adored this book. When there is so much out there that is cynical and crass it is truly astonishing to pick up and read a story that is so profound and full of compassion. On top of that it is funny and exciting and for the first time in my life I appreciate that mathematics does have some point after all.
This has gone into my top ten all time favourite books. Why? Because when his little finger touched hers I thought this expressed more about love than anything I had ever read before.
I am now impatient to read other books from this wonderful author.
This gets an infinite number of stars from me.

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By Freaknose on 09-12-16

Unexpected and beautiful

I expected a story of an alien trying to make it on earth in a science fiction, comedic kind of way, but instead, I was extremely pleasantly surprised by a story about humanity, very touching and mesmerizing. Lovely story.

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By Bruce M on 04-05-16

Great perspective

A witty and great perspective into human psyche and behavior. Great read and we'll written.

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