Outrageous Fortune

  • by Tim Scott
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this outrageously funny, outrageously inventive debut, one of the most outrageously talented new writers to break onto the sci-fi scene in decades asks the most loaded question of all: "Don't you hate it when this happens?"That's what the business card asks Jonny X67, dream architect to the rich and jaded. It's all the thieves who stole his house left behind. And as if that weren't bad enough, a saleswoman named Caroline E61 drops from the sky to sell him a set of encyclopedias and won't take no for an answer. Can his luck get any worse?
In this rip-roaring roller-coaster ride through a brilliantly imagined future of paranoid absurdity, Jonny X will learn the answer soon enough when he falls afoul of a lunatic motorcycle gang nicknamed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a relentless Belgian assassin, and his own irate girlfriend. Traversing a cityscape whose neighborhoods are organized by musical genres, running into joke-telling elevators and holographic computer viruses, Jonny is about to learn what a nightmare it's going to be to get his old life back, in a reality warping faster than the speed of imagination. Outrageous Fortune heralds a marvelous new talent sure to be delightfully altering the minds of readers for years to come.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] lunatic jaunt through a cartoon future." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Diverting...[A] delightfully droll sense of humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Fantastic Thrill Ride

This is a fantastic novel about an unbelievable futuristic world where dreams and reality are stirred together. This was a very fun and thrilling listen.
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- Rebel

Brilliant Satire

This is a very funny book. However, I don't think Scott should be compared to Adams and Pratchett as much as he is. This is a comic novel, but Scott's style is more surreal than Adams and Pratchett's. I was occasionally reminded of Kafka by the unexpectedness of the events.

I don't think that only English authors can write funny novels. Vonnegut did okay, and he was from Indianapolis.

I also enjoyed the reader. The book is set in Santa Cruz, and the protaganist and his buddies are surfers. The reader did a great job of conveying the laid back attitude of the central California beach crowd.

Try this book out if you're looking for a funny adventure in a bizarrely imagined, not-too-distant future.
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- R. Caviness

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio