• Kings of Infinite Space

  • By: James Hynes
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy. Worse still, he may be losing the only thing he has left—his mind.

©2004 James Hynes (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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90% heaven, 10% hell.

I had never heard of either this author or the narrator. I bought the book in the $5 sale, so my expectations were low. The book blew me away. Most of it is so well written that it is a shame that the ending sucks so badly. This is the story of Paul and Callie, and other people (and un-people) who work at TEXDOGS, the Texas Department of Governmental Services. There is plenty of fun to be had throughout the book, and the love story between Callie and Paul is incredibly sweet and tender. There are also a couple of really great sex scenes. The story descends into science fiction, which only bothered me a little until the end. There is waaaay too much hell at the end. I know, it is often very hard for a great book to have a great ending, but still. What you want is for these two lovers to walk hand in hand off into the Texas sunset. What happens, though, is what seems like days of the underworld and its nefarious doings. I must admit that I am not a fan of science fiction: it seems to me a genre in which authors can make up their own rules, which makes the books flabby and utterly impossible. If anything goes, then you can make up absolutely anything, and it has to be OK. Personal preference. In any case, you can get hours of wonderful pleasure from the book. The author can write like mad, and the narrator is fantastic.

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Strange

Would you try another book from James Hynes and/or Adam Grupper?

Maybe, the narration was good, the writing wood but story...strange. I don't knw what I really expected but it wasn't this.

Would you recommend Kings of Infinite Space to your friends? Why or why not?

Uhm, maybe to my weird friends.

What about Adam Grupper’s performance did you like?

Good, he kept in character well letting the listener transition between characters well.

Do you think Kings of Infinite Space needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really. Wouldn't interest me.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book along with ninteen others during Audibles $5 sale. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this particular one. Others I bought during the sale have been great and a real bargin. It all equals out I guess.

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Office Space Meets Shaun of the Dead

What did you love best about Kings of Infinite Space?

The description of the daily grind of the office was great, the petty rivalries, different personality types, ridiculous policies, and so on.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The last part of the book was my least favorite as it is no longer satire but just wild . That part was too long.

Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favorite?

I liked Callie who is feisty and independent and is willing to try anything.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The office satires made me laugh because they were so close to the truth.

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Not Expected

I picked up this book after listening to lecture on writing fiction by the author. It was, as I expected, creative and well written. A good book with an interesting plot.

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Yes, it is a struggle to be human

Any additional comments?

The blurb calls this book oddball. I think it is actually an allegory and also a bit of a morality tale, warning us to be careful what we wish for.

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An Outstanding Novel

Would you listen to Kings of Infinite Space again? Why?

James Hynes is an amazing author. His descriptive narrative brings you right into the story and keeps you there, even through the most fantastical of settings. Adam Grupper does a masterful job of portraying the characters with their many and varied accents. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was fast paced, often very funny and never predictable.

I will listen to it again and purchase the hardcover for my library. A real treat!

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Loved the surprise nuttiness

Just when I thought I knew the characters and knew where the story was going, it would take a hairpin turn--and it did that several times. I decided to just hold on for the ride and I really enjoyed it. Dig deep for your suspended disbelief for this one. It's a kick. It's a fun listen.

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Couldn't get excited about this one

A whiny, self absorbed guy that gets caught with his pants down. Lots of excuses, and a life that doesn't live up to what he expects it should be. The narrator was good, just not a very good plot.

Hard to believe, but the ending is even worse than the character feeling sorry for himself.

Don't waste the time you could be listening to something so much better....

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Unsatisfying

What a weird book... I enjoyed some parts, but overall it left me feeling unsatisfied.

Narrator's voice acting was great.

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Tedious

From the description this sounded interesting, but I didn't realize it really was science fiction. I don't usually read science fiction, so it has to be very well done for me to like it, but this was just tedious and silly. The narration was good which was probably why I stuck it out to the end in the vain hope it would get better.