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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Dude...get over yourself

The author tries to capture the hip vernacular of the california surfer "dudes", who are the main characters of the story. The hero, unfortunately, seems clueless throughout the story, and the number of hip futuristic concepts thrown at the reader are seemingly purposeless and without real meaning (armed Limpit encyclopedia salesman dropping from choppers). The end of the book starts to shove plotlines towards a conclusion in a really haphazard manner, and I found myself quickly losing interest. I still haven't finished the book, and I don't know if I'll be able to.

I've only dropped reading three books so far in my life - this one, and "Merrick" & "Violin" by Anne Rice. Different reasons, but ultimately they just didn't hold my interest.
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- Kamal "Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit."

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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Book Details

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