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Space Tripping

Narrated by: Nick Tecosky
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

Chuck never thought too deeply about whether aliens existed - not until Jopp, an intergalactic transport pilot, drunkenly crashed on Earth and tried to steal his truck.

Now Chuck finds himself unwittingly roped into helping Jopp work off a debt to the universe's most powerful corporation, the Prime Partners Intergalactic Consortium. Through a series of mishaps and misfortune, the duo find themselves in possession of a mysterious black case. In order to survive, they must fend off murderous marauders, an interplanetary police force, and a peculiar crime boss and escape a backwater planet inhabited by alien hillbillies. It's a big and scary universe out there, and Chuck and Jopp will be damned if they're going to face it sober.

©2016 Patrick Edwards (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Misadventures in Space

The publisher's summary makes this book seem like the story of a couple of booze-hounds bumbling through space-bars and open space and the humorous antics that ensue. It's not. It's more of a sci-fi action adventure, involving a space-napped human and the alien space-hauler pilot, who got him in the whole mess in the first place, as they have one misadventure after another; including being hunted by space-pirates, being declared the most wanted criminals in the galaxy, being arrested, interrogated and imprisoned, by the interplanetary space force, escaping prison and going on the run... all the while, trying to figure out why the only cargo, in their spacecraft's massive cargo hold, is a mysterious black suitcase that they can't open and that everyone seems to want... and why is everyone, they run into, trying to get them liquored up or trying to kill them? All of this interspersed with occasional wisecracks, merciless haranguing, clever comebacks, popular sci-fi references, drunken shenanigans and the odd barroom brawl.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

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  • Matt
  • 17-05-19

It’s like the Hangover meets Guardians of the Galaxy!

Loved the characters, the action and especially the humor! The performance was very well done!

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  • John Duncan
  • 29-01-19

Fun Book

I would say this is an American Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with a good adventure chase across the galaxy. Fun likeable characters and worth a repeat reading or listening.

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  • Leaha
  • 08-04-18

Fun!

This book was great! It was believable and entertaining. The narrator was easy to listen to.

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  • Ian Matties
  • 07-09-17

Excellent Book!

I have heard that this book draws connections to a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I can't speak to that as I have never read that series. Now, however, I think I will have to pick up that series.

I found this book excellent. There were references to many other science fiction franchises, including Star Trek, Star Wars and Firefly. I'm sure there were others, but I didn't notice them. That Wesley Crusher reference was great!

I fully endorse that you read this book as well!

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  • Guthron
  • 09-08-19

Fun but slightly disappointing

TL;DR: great story, interesting characters, and fascinating universe, but typical sci-fi tropes and fails Bechtel test.

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Great story with amusing characters and interesting worlds. A mostly satisfying adventure tale that isn’t afraid to poke fun at sci-fi tropes or itself. However, it also has several tropes of its own.

Geeky guy gets the amazing alien woman, a blatant Macguffin used throughout the book and one that is never explained essentially toying with the reader like the main character is toyed with when he asks about it late in the story, and a dynamic character that still fails to grow out of some things that I think were just meant to be amusing but really cast his growth as merely a facade of itself. The character would blatantly do the worst possible thing thinking he’s helping and refuse to listen to the much more in the know aliens around him. Oh and this book does not pass the Bechtel test.

Overall a satisfying experience with just a few complaints.

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  • Paul
  • 07-05-19

Not sure what to say. It is a bad everyting

I am usually not this harsh on books but this story just... well it is terrible. I can not think of one good thing to say about it.

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  • Tracey
  • 11-12-17

Fun book, good characters

Liked the book A LOT, but didn't give it 5 stars because it tried to be a space novel, but it really wasn't. I recommend the book because I loved the characters and it was fun.

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  • Lyme Zombie
  • 03-11-17

"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures" in space

IMO, this is a book for the under 30 yos. Lots of drinking/partying and swearing. I don't mind it if there's a point to it, but I didn't see it. Very "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures", except in space. I love intelligent, futuristic scifi. This just didn't do it for me. Perhaps my younger self would have enjoyed it.

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  • AM_Gman
  • 10-01-18

Easy Sci-Fi

For those looking for a serious sci-fi, move on this will drive you insane. Those who is not will be ok. This story is sort of "Smoky and the Bandit" told for the point of view of Froggy (Sally Fields character), ohh yea and it's in Space. That's about it. It has enough humor to be entertaining. It has enough action to keep you in place, and its light enough where forgetting it is easy. The narrator is alright, he does the voices, he reads the story, but it's just he is not into it. But still an acceptable job.

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  • Dadbeh
  • 25-10-17

an ok book

helps pass the time on the road, that's about it!! Story is not overwhelming, or clever, or specially funny, just ok

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