Series: YouSpace #1
Published by Hachette Audio, Orbit Books on March 5, 2013
Genres: Comedy, Urban Fantasy
Length: 13 hours, 42 minutes
Narrator: Ray Sawyer
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My Reviews in this series: The Outsorcerer's Apprentice
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
The doughnut is a thing of beauty.
A circle of fried doughy perfection.
A source of comfort in trying times, perhaps.
For Theo Bernstein, however, it is far, far more.
Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he's unlikely to get it back). His wife has left him. And he doesn't have any money.
Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died.
By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. A battle to save humanity itself.
This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny - and a doughnut.
Doughnut was a very peculiar treat. While listening I was both baffled and delighted because it was rather all over the place. Though that might be what I should have expected from a comedy featuring multiple/parallel universes.
Take that Microsoft?
I loved the idea of YouSpace and having access to all of those alternate worlds via a little bottle. As you can imagine the operating system jargon was pretty hilarious at times. Indeed quite a bit of content tickled my funny bone. I’d find myself laughing out loud at unexpected moments. I think anyone that works with software programming or Microsoft products will appreciate some of the humor and even if they don’t you’ll likely still find it entertaining.
The characters are quirky and the different worlds even more so. You never know what kind of world Theo will end up in. And his need for doughnuts…yeah I can’t tell you about why. I had to really pay attention though because the jumping can happen fast and a few times I did find myself turned around as to what the heck was going on. But the worlds are so cool. Aliens…a Disney style world, rowdy taverns – the fantasy and sci-fi possibilities were endless here.
It did take me awhile to get attached to the main character Theo. He didn’t have the strongest personality in the beginning (a bit of a pushover) but I think that might have been the point. The other characters were pretty good as well and poor Theo always had someone trying to pull something over on him. Poor guy. He develops a lot through out the book which I was thankful for that by the end I was really able to root for him. I can tell I’m in for more oddball adventures in YouSpace.
Thoughts on the narration
It was excellent narration but the quick transitions Theo goes through during his YouSpace misadventures could leave me rewinding and having to listen again. This might be one where if you find you can’t follow perhaps try the print version. Personally though I think I’m hooked on the audio edition as Ray Sawyer did such a great job. Not to mention I just prefer audio when the book is a humorous one. I do have to note that normally I listen to audiobooks while doing errands like driving, cleaning or working on my art. I’m paying attention but I really think this one required my absolute attention. Something to keep in mind if you decide to pick this one up.