The Gone-Away World

  • by Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by Matt Bates
  • 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire than meets the eye. A story of love and loss; of ninjas and pirates; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.

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What the Critics Say

"Breathtakingly ambitious... A bubbling cosmic stew of a book, written with such exuberant imagination that you are left breathless by its sheer ingenuity." (Observer)
"A post-apocalyptic triumph... Immensely rewarding... Genuinely terrifying." (The Times)

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Where does The Gone-Away World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere around the bottom of the top ten?


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gone-Away World?

The moment I started to twig that there is something crucial I didn't know about the main character. Yes, it took me a while.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Anything with Master Wu


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

It gave me an actual nightmare, and I dont really get nightmares. It got under my skin that much. But it was still so good I would recommend it to everyone (so you can all suffer as I did).


Any additional comments?

The author is clearly a slightly mad creative genius. It's almost impossible to describe this book. It's a dystopian sci-fi horror comedy romance psychological fantasy thriller.

The book is soo brilliant, if you are hesitating to pick it up because you think think it might not be your thing don't worry, it's nobody's thing because the author has invented a whole new thing. It's a book that has stuck with me. Every one of the characters is wonderfully unique and multifaceted, just as everyone really is. At points you will hate each one, love each one, cry for them, laugh with them and be surprised by them.

Loved it.

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- Alathia

Take a walk on the... well... almost every side

What made the experience of listening to The Gone-Away World the most enjoyable?

In some books it's like walking into a room that the author has furnished for you and the story. In this case it's like the author has created a whole village for you, complete with fitness studio, public library, and schools at every level. The author takes you on a tour of the village, sometimes doubling back on his tracks to show you something you would have missed the first time. Absolutely delightful.


What did you like best about this story?

If I were to reveal what I liked best then I would be revealing too much about the story and spoil some of it for later readers.


Which character – as performed by Matt Bates – was your favourite?

The narator's characterisations were wonderful and so several characters spring to mind as a possible favourite. I would plump for Ronnie Chung.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The impossible film about a possible world with impossible bombs.


Any additional comments?

A book to tickle your brain parts, waking them up and making them giggle with delight. Read by a splendidly versatile Matt Bates much better than a film and with the large array of characters much easier to follow than reading it yourself.

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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2014
  • Publisher: Avid