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by Raymond Sawyer,Tom Holt

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Raymond Sawyer,Tom Holt
Humor & Satire
Isis Audio Books; Unabridged edition (July 1, 2004)
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The Portable Door book. Starting a new job is always stressful, but when Paul Carpenter. I think this is the very first Tom Holt book I ever read and I loved it! It starts out as a fairly "normal" story but gets wackier & funnier as you turn the pages, with lots of inventiveness and insane characters (can't beat Mr Tanner's mum). A very fun and entertaining read

The plot that involves The Portable Door, doesn't come until the second half of the book. It gives time for the main characters to believe that the bizarre events and things around them are now part of their ever day life.

Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). The plot that involves The Portable Door, doesn't come until the second half of the book. Their lives change drastically the moment Paul and Sophie are hired at . Wells & Co. and sign a contract sealing their fate.

Listen to "The Portable Door . Narrated by Ray Sawyer. hugely inventive and highly amusing. His sharply observed dialogue and the desire to think round corners and u-bends distinguish Holt's books. He has the ability to make the reader laugh out loud and should be treasured.

Tom Holt was born in London in 1961

Tom Holt was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines; interests which led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialized in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995.

Narrated by Ray Sawyer. Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Raymond Sawyer sounds serious but stays playful as he reads the whimsical narrative. His Paul sounds a little too laid-back, but the goblins and other strange beings at .

More than once, Paul nearly managed to nerve himself to go to Mr Tanner’s office and ask what they were for; after all, he was in on the big secret now, there was no reason why he shouldn’t be told. At least it torpedoed what had been his explanation of choice, namely that the spreadsheets were a futile exercise designed either to prompt his resignation or to test his aptitude for some other, more meaningful task. Instead, he was forced to conclude, there had to be some very good reason behind it all, something that justified employing two people. He wondered why he hadn’t been.

Written by Tom Holt, Audiobook narrated by Ray Sawyer. The Management Style of the Supreme Beings. Narrated by: Ray Sawyer. Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins.

Starting a new job is always traumatic: meeting your colleagues, forgetting their names, your boss's name and, for an encore, your own name. This is then traditionally followed by breaking the photocopier and hiding in the toilet whilst weeping hysterically. But what if your new employer was not the simple humdrum paper-shuffling outfit you supposed it to be? What if it was an elaborate front for the Dark Forces of Oddness? A place in which the photocopier fought back and the staplers were possessed by vengeful spirits? For Paul Carpenter, it is fast becoming clear that his new company is hiding a vast and quite possibly sinister conspiracy.
  • Ionzar
I tend towards reading dark comedies and this book seemed to fit the bill. It was an ok book. The story felt to me like it was trying too hard though. Part of me wants to rate it two stars but it was well written enough to keep me hoping for more all the way until the end. It never delivered but at least I had hope.

It's mysterious walk through a magical world that is so great of s secret that you'll never become invested in it. The tail is a quagmire of twists and turns down dead end roads that leaves the reader unsure of what they may want more of. Sadly, by the end of your journey you still don't like or care about most of the characters and you'll be left wondering why you made the trek at all. Holt does his best to slam together an ending that ties up most of the loose ends that you didn't realize existed until he pounded them together like a preschool collage in the last chapter.
  • Blackseeker
Right from the start this felt like a Robert Rankin novel, main characters dealing with weird forces/characters in weird ways, without a lot of knowledge about how to do it. I could not get this comparison out of my head while reading, and that said, it didn't detract from or enhance my reading enjoyment. I would like to say that Paul and Sophie are not normal people, because they just stumble along blindly in ignorance, whereas (as I see it) any person that was *actually* in their situation would be asking a lot more questions...but there are all kinds of people in the world, so there are probably people like them, afraid to ask their employers what's going on. Overall, if you're a Rankin fan, this is probably most like "Web Site Story," and will entertain you.
  • Getaianne
J.W. Wells & Co. Book One

This is the first book I've read from Tom Holt. His imagination is unlike anyone else.

The plot that involves The Portable Door, doesn't come until the second half of the book. It gives time for the main characters to believe that the bizarre events and things around them are now part of their ever day life. Their lives change drastically the moment Paul and Sophie are hired at J.W. Wells & Co. and sign a contract sealing their fate. In fact the only ones who don't seem to know about Paul and Sophie's fate, are Paul and Sophie themselves.
Anything and everything can and will happen in this book. It's full of mystery, suspense, and most of all, fantasy. With a wild imagination and the talent to piece it all together in one book, Tom Holt proves he can take you on an adventure like no other.

I already added the rest of Tom Holt's books to my giant stack of books to be read. I give The Portable Door a 4/5.
  • Leceri
I was shocked at how much I did not enjoy this book. I had read books later in the series that delighted me. This is the first of that series--and it bored me to tears.

Tom Holt is a remarkable writer with a delightful sense of the absurd--this is why I am addicted to his books. But this one was less than I was used to.
  • Coiwield
Maybe you think your boss is an ogre - you haven't seen anything.

Paul and Sophie meet at a job interview, commiserating over the steady stream of handsome, well-dressed, competent-looking people interviewing ahead of them. They both know that, if added together, they might total a whole personality (but not a very interesting one). They are both surprised to meet each other again on starting day at the new job. They are surprised again at the mind-numbing boredom of the apparently senseless tasks they are given, but even more suprised at the weirdness that starts to emerge as they sort and file. Was that really a love letter from Sophie to Paul in the archives - dated 100 years ago?

That's where the story really starts, and Holt steers it along an amusing route in his trademark form: the hero never quite knowing what's going on, in and out the mysterious doorways, and increasing strangeness right to the end. This time Holt adds a comical attempt at romance between two people who seem to like the idea, but don't quite know how to go about it. (That anarcho-socialist ceramics performance artist doesn't help anything.)

This is a good one, but I think Holt put a lot more book around the story than it really needed. Yes, we see from the start that Paul and Sophie are both the Novacaine of social sensation. Yes, we are tantalized by the gathering clues that all is not what it seemed. I think all that could have been established in a bit les than 175 pages, though, and the next 200+ pages were only a bit more tightly-packed.

If you're the kind who gets testy when Pratchett's next book is later than you want, Holt might help you get by. He has a lot of the same slanted view of the world, and a lot of the same funny/fantasy story line. Holt has written some very good stories, and this is a good one. I have to admit, though, that readers new to Holt might get a better first impression by reading another title first.

  • Gigafish
I got this book on the recommendation of a friend, and then let it sit around for a month before starting it. To think it might have sat for years in my "to read" pile, and I would never have known what a fantastic book this is! It is a very funny take on British urban fantasy. The main character takes a job in a very strange company that, it turns out, has as its product types of sorcery. But like any job, there are strange bosses, missing staplers, photocopiers that won't work, mountains of spreadsheets to sort, inventories to take.... The horror! And we won't even discuss the goblins!

This is both a well written, funny fantasy, and also a bit of a satire on jobs in general. I recommend it without hesitation to anyone who doesn't mind suddenly bursting into laughter. This is a wonderful book and I can't wait to read more by the author!