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An Irishman in space. Hoards of alien technological treasures to be discovered. What could go wrong?

Don't answer that....

Fletcher Connolly hasn't got a lot to lose. Since he and half the galaxy signed on to the rat race of the technological relics trade, Fletch has come to terms with the idea that he will join the ranks of unlucky explorers that perish light years from home without a dime to his name.

But bankruptcy is a great motivator. With friends and family counting on him to strike it rich, Fletch embarks on an unwilling quest for alien treasure. His decrepit exploration ship, the Skint Idjit, and her successor, the Intergalactic Bogtrotter, plunge disastrously through the wildest regions of the Interstellar Railroad...from an uninhabited planet appropriately named Suckass...to a deliberately misnamed mafia-run planet known as Arcadia...to a rogue planet inhabited by aliens resembling cuddly teddy bears...to a moon covered with giant cacti...and, ultimately, to the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy, where Fletch's terrible judgment comes back to bite him in the rear for the last time.

Epic catastrophes and belly laughs pile up breathlessly in this delightful comic sci-fi adventure, a worthy successor to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

This complete edition of The Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connolly on the Interstellar Railroad contains all four episodes of Fletch's unlucky career:

  • Skint Idjit
  • Intergalactic Bogtrotter
  • Banjaxed Ceili
  • Supermassive Blackguard

Felix R. Savage is the NYT, WSJ, and USAT best-selling author of the Earth's Last Gambit Quartet and many other books. This is by far the funniest one.

©2016 Felix R. Savage (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • VJG
  • 13-09-2017

So much fun!

I'm calling this narrator "Nick O'Podehl" from now on. He's always fantastic but this performance of a really witty and fun book is brilliant. So much to love - CBs on the LP, Fletch's American accent brought out to save his skin, wicked corporate overlords, fancy dress parties, tree cats. Really glad I spent this credit.

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  • PB
  • 12-09-2017

Nonstop entertainment

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This book was great. I listened to it all in one go without stopping, chuckling to myself the whole way. I really hope that there are more stories of the Connolly family, especially Fletcher.

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  • erobbins33
  • 31-10-2017

Super awesome!!!!

I'd already read the first two books in this series, and liked them. The humor is fun, and the characters are memorable. I'm already a fan of this author's Elfrida Goto series, or whatever he's calling it now that it's past book 3. This series appealed to me in the same way. There's humor, grand adventures, and ALIENS! I absolutely loved these. I would recommend to anyone who likes the original Star Wars trilogy, and wished there was a little more humor (NOT Space Balls level, just a little more than Lucas felt necessary), or just wished their sci-fi was a bit more tongue-in-cheek. The voice actor sounds familiar, and I will definitely be looking for more from him, as well.

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  • Dan G
  • 28-01-2018

LOL Space Adventure!

What A Ride on a RAILROAD In SPACE! of all things. --- And if THAT doesn't sound unbelievable enough for you, well just hang on to your chain-dogs because FR Savage is going to throw out and away anything resembling "Hard" Sci-Fi in favor of pure Sci-Fi-Fantasy FUN! = Douglas Adams would have been right proud! LOL

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  • Andreas
  • 23-01-2018

Weird story that felt thrown together

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There could be some better made story arches. It felt thrown together or not thought through. The scenery descriptions were very poorly written and for instance the railroad wasn't discussed for a big part of the book. That felt irritating and also not very thought through (even if it was explained in pretty good detail later on).

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Fletch comes out in a good way.

Was The Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connolly on the Interstellar Railroad worth the listening time?

It was descent, so yes.

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Development was weak all around. The characters are not particularly memorable and you learn little to nothing about the main characters. There was little insight offered to explain why the things are as they are in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2017

awesome fun

This is a great audio book. Great fun and engaging. I hated to see it end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-10-2017

Great listen!

If you like witty humourous SciFi then this book is for you. Irishman in space, what more could you want?
We need more Audible! Mr. Podehl does a great job as narrator.

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  • wag more
  • 26-07-2018

I wanted to love this book, but I did like it

Seemed like this book was comprised of a podcast or radio series - more so than as an actual single novel. The characters were fun; adventures a hoot, but the book came up a little empty. Like professional wrestling, there was an unfulfilled repetitiveness in the hi-jinks and capers throughout the book. This is a fun read, but won't really challenge you - a good ride with no real destination in mind.

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  • Dogs & Horses
  • 25-07-2018

Funny, light hearted take on sci-fi

I'm immensely surprised by how much I loved the Audible version of this series. It's sort of sci-fi lite if you will and that's fine. It's light hearted and silly and fun in all the right ways. There are ridiculous alien creatures - butterflyzilla - and sinister multi planet corporatezillas with familiar names still up to the same antics and little guys dodging around by the seat of their pants trying to make a buck and outrun the bill collectors. It's funny and full of wise cracks and some interesting new ideas about alien life before us out there. The narrator does a good job and his voices for different characters are clear and easy to distinguish

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  • Kristi
  • 18-07-2018

Great fun in a grim future

This was rolicking fun... a fresh view of a grim universe with a likeable hopeless hero thrashing around in it getting into one mess after another. With a delightful Irish accent!