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Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,510 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Listening length: 1 hour, 55 minutes

A teenage genius with a big imagination, Wally just moved to Savannah, GA from Maine with his mom, who adopted Wally when he was an infant. In this charming and sweet solo show, Wally investigates a hiccup in the spacetime fabric of his neighborhood which is causing a number of strange events and occurrences. Part science fiction and par
Audible Audio, Unabridged , 2 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Audible Originals
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok story read by a fabulous narrator.
This is probably the BEST of the free monthly Audible Originals that have been offered since the program started.

Fantastic coming-of-age story, fantastic writing, fantastic narration.

Highly recommended. 5 solid-gold stars!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This was an excellent short coming-of-age story that I wish had been longer. It was smart, funny, and engaging, with a wonderful narrator, William Jackson Harper (who plays Chidi in The Good Place!). I really need him to narrate more books.
Sheila Beaumont
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun coming-of-age short story in which a teenage boy finds a quantum anomaly in the fabric of space-time and travels to another dimension. Excellent narration by William Jackson Harper, who plays Chidi on "The Good Place." ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible-original
I listened to “the audible original, “Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic” by Nick Carr performed by William Jackson Harper. It’s less than a two hour listen in which we learn that fifteen-year-old Wally can’t wait to have children. Odd thing for a teenage boy. Wally provides the listener with scientific knowledge of time/space continuum. He’s a funny kid, disappointed in his recent move from Maine to Savannah, GA. His arguments with his mother are hysterical, mostly because they ring so true! Wally’s ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This Audible original is a quirky, funny (but hardly hilarious) story that is worth listening to. I listened to the entire story on my commute to and from work today. The best part was about trying to picture quantum physics: "Imagine an apple--close your eyes and and imagine an apple--but don't close your eyes if your driving; keep them open and imagine an apple." ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun audiobook short story. It was a quick listen that I enjoyed. I got it free as an Audible Original.

This is done as a life performance audiobook, I am still not a fan of these. While this book only had one narrator, it had a variety of sound effects in the background that were distracting and I could have done without that.

Wally Roux is a boy genius who is finding quantum anomalies around his town. He is able to repair these anomalies, but they end up leading him on a journey of se
Jay DeMoir
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love reading stories about brilliant African American boys/men! This was an enjoyable quick read. Wish it was longer and could've gone deeper into Wally's experiences with the other dimensions ...more
Catherine Puma
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Being a straight-to-audio story that clocks in at just under 2 hours long, I think this just bit off more than it could actually chew.

Topics like quantum reality, adoption, coming of age, puberty, bullying, alternate realities, and first crushes were all glanced over here, but I don't feel like any one of them were handled adequately or fully.

Because the title of this includes "quantum mechanic", I think this could have been best served by focusing on Wally investigating and explaining the qua
Lis Carey
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction, f-sf
Wally Roux is a teenage genius whose mother adopted him when he was an infant, and has just moved them from Maine to Savannah, Georgia. It is, in his opinion, lonely and boring at best. In addition to that, though, there's a strange space-time hiccup causing weird problems in his neighborhood. For instance, when he walks to and from school each day, he really is walking uphill, both ways.

After a chance encounter leads to him using his excellent mechanical skills to fix a bus engine, he starts th
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Love the narrator (who plays Chidi on The Good Place), so when audible sent an email saying he narrated one of their free books, I went for it! It was short — only 2 hours, but I listen at 1.5 speed so it was more like 1.5 hours total — so, big a lot of substance. Like...kinda cute? And the narration was great, aside from all the looooong pauses audible put into production that kept making me think the book was suddenly over. I’m not really sure what I listened to, or really the point. But I’m h ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops
I love books about smart African American kiddos— Wow Quantum Mechanics 🤯 lol!!! 😍😍😍
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know it was going to be a fiction but I caught on pretty quick when the protagonist says that he fixed an error in the space-time dimension. If you're not in the mood to read and generally gravitate towards sci-fi content, then this is the perfect audiobook for you. It's quirky, a little funny, and adorable. It is also short and makes for a perfect listen during your commute, because let's face it, the songs on the radio suck. ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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An alright little YA story of self discovery using the sci-fi tropes of alternate worlds and the boy-genius.

I went through this phase of life a long time ago, so I’m not really the right guy to rate this one.
Beth Preston
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! Great voice actor! I was very much entertained.
Anniken Haga
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, sci-fi, audiobook
Remember what I said about listening to audiobooks while moving? Yeah. That's what happened here.

Ok, so I got this book for free from audible, it beingone of their monthly originals that they give away to subscribers. I didn't really expect much from it, and to be honest, I only bought it because it was so short.

So, I was pleasently surprised. The story was a bit twisty-turwy and felt cut a bit short at times, but generally I enjoyed it.
The plot was a little all over the place, though, but se
Karen’s Library
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a free Audible Original from Amazon Prime and it was actually pretty interesting. I love quantum physics, and paired with a 14 year old’s coming of age tale, it was a decent story.

But what made this story exceptional was the performance by William Jackson Harper!! Well done!!
Heidi Foster
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fun sci-fi story that I enjoyed with my daughter. It was a little had to follow, but you will enjoy as long as you let go of reality. The language was a little offensive, maybe it needed a rating like movies.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trippy but intriguing short story centered on a young boy tweaking quantum physics around his neighborhood.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. I really enjoyed it.

Wonderful narration by William Jackson Harper.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, short and quirky coming of age story. Why only 3 stars? Because while the narration was great, there are too many big topics built into the narration but not fully explored.
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic is a short audiobook narrated by William Jackson Harper.  I didn't recognize the narrator's name (because I'm flat out horrible remembering things like that) but the second I heard his voice, I knew who he was.  The Good Place was one of my guilty pleasures and hearing Chidi narrate was such a joy.  He has a great delivery and a very animated voice that only adds to the cuteness of this quick story.

For such a short story, it clocks in at just under two hours in lengt
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
A very brief and enjoyable-towards-the-end short story/play via Audible Original.

Wally Roux is a genius who quickly (VERY quickly in a hand-wavey just go with it kinda way) discovers a way to cut through the fabric of space time in and around his new hometown of Savannah where he lives with his mother.

This very short Audible original starts off a little too snappy by half but eventually matures nicely. The character development and revelations about Wally and his situation are bittersweet yet s
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: format_audio
Fun and sweet story with excellent narration.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute but just ok. I think I would have liked it longer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Nice story about an adopted kid who just happens to be a whiz at quantum physics. I could certainly relate to his desire to go to great lengths to avoid having to talk to people.

I've never been to Savannah, but I've heard good things including from a former coworker who decided to retire there. The author is none too kind to the city, which all seemed a little unnecessary.

Thanks to Audible for making this free "Audible Original" available.
Erica Clou
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-own-audible
Young adult magical realism about physics! Yes please! Okay, I guess this might technically be science fiction but it definitely felt like magical realism. Very satisfying for such a short little novel.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-freebies
Cute, engaging, and absolutely loved it.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought the premise was great, but execution was poor.

Characters & Story: There was no character development and the story was all over the place. Wally was not likable at all. There's a way to do isolated, narcissistic boy genius, and Carr managed to capture all of the worst traits of that archetype without any of the entertaining or redeeming qualities. In addition to that, Wally is meant to only be 14-15 years old, yet the amount of cursing used felt extremely out of place and just.... odd.
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