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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70,832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Egan Narrator: Roxana Ortega Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781482979565
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This fantastically inventive, intelligent, and fully realized exploration of music, art, and life is a must-listen.

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pitch perfect…Darkly, rippingly funny…Egan possesses a satirist’s eye and a romance novelist’s heart.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Egan has accomplished the tricky feat of using metafiction techniques without sacrificing old-fashioned story-telling…A Visit from the Goon Squad has a circuitous structure that seems almost designed for our Internet rewired brains.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] triumph of technical bravado and tender sympathy…Turn up the music, skip the college reunion and curl up with The Goon Squad instead.”

    Washington Post

  • “An exhilarating, big-hearted, three-headed beast of a story…We see ourselves in all of Egan’s characters because their stories of heartbreak and redemption seem so real they could be our own, regardless of the soundtrack. Such is the stuff great novels are made of.”

    Marie-Claire

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
  • Selected for the June 2010 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A 2010 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2010 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2010 Newsday’s Favorite Books of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2010 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 People Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Salon Magazine Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • An ALA Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CëRïSë | 2/17/2014

    " Perhaps it was that I read this immediately after Cloud Atlas, having picked it up on a whim at my sister's house, but it felt very satisfying to me. It, too, tells the stories of many different people through different voices, and covers a broad chronological range (though not as broad as the latter!)--but does so more successfully. I enjoyed the flawed but interesting characters and the way their lives tangled together and influenced each other. It was funny, charming, very smart, and yet a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/12/2014

    " The structure of the book was great each chapter linking to a new characters point of view from the previous chapter. The book was flat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny Valentine | 1/24/2014

    " This was the January book club selection. I didn't like the the characters at all or the way the book jumped around between them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cha-Ling | 1/23/2014

    " I tried but could not finish this book. It was trying to hard to be hip and cool but couldn't pull it off. Finally gave up and added book to Goodwill pile. If I could rate it as less than half a star, I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwinn | 1/15/2014

    " Great 90s period book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 1/9/2014

    " At first I found it really difficult to get into this book properly. The narrative technique of bouncing around between different and sometimes tangentially connected viewpoints was confusing and ineffective. About midway through the book it all started coming together and I began to enjoy the perceptive character analysis that Egan employs so masterfully. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys modern-day fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lester Spence | 1/7/2014

    " I get it. Technically innovative. And I'm quickly going through it again because I didn't really pick up on it until I was 170 pages in. But I still didn't really feel the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Fallis | 1/3/2014

    " Beautiful book. I love the writing style- eclectic and evocative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Dabel | 12/9/2013

    " Great book. I love the changing point of view, and the characters are amazing, even in the short time you get to be with them. There are places in this book that made my heart skip. Also some that I sort of glossed over, but still.. GREAT book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindi | 12/3/2013

    " Book club book #16. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula P | 11/18/2013

    " saw this on the tv book club - thought I would give it a go but couldnt even finish it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Batfacegirl | 9/4/2013

    " Overrated and gimmicky. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 6/29/2013

    " Why did this win the Pulitzer?!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leilani | 6/6/2013

    " I super enjoyed this book. Not all the chapters but many were pretty amazing. My favorites were the safari story, the one with Rob who died while swimming, and the one where the uncle finds Sasha. The part where the sun drops into the wire circle: breathtaking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 12/1/2012

    " Time is a goon. Elucidating the effects age and maturation have on our lives, A Visit From the Goon Squad provides an insightful, poignant and surprisingly novel presentation of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted Powers | 11/27/2012

    " "Goon Squad" is a song I like by Elvis Costello. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlott | 7/23/2012

    " I don't care about those people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 5/11/2012

    " Okay. It's the second book as of late with a series of loosely connected short stories, so it takes some getting used to, but it was pretty good all together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 4/25/2012

    " Quick read. Some interesting characters and page-turning plot lines, but overall not mind blowing in any regard. That said, Egan does have a strong knack for connecting her sad/depressed/problematic characters to the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/23/2011

    " I completely fell in love with this book. The only downside is not being able to spend more time with the characters Ms. Egan has created. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/23/2011

    " You have to pay attention because the narrator changes from character to character and Egan switches timeframes. Seemingly disparate characters become connected. And an era becomes defined, characters' choices are usually not so good, the angst of the 60's and beyond is excellently portrayed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/22/2011

    " This book reads much more like a collection of short stories than a novel. There were some chapters I LOVED (Dolly's trip to Africa...one of the BEST!), while others were so-so. Most of the chapters, though, kept you fully engaged and I couldn't wait to get back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene | 5/21/2011

    " An intricately-constructed, resonant, and dreamlike read, about believable people in real places and times (even when stepping into the future). Very impressive and immersive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " best book I've read so far in 2011 "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story,and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction frequently appears in  New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Roxana Ortega is an actress and comedian based in Los Angeles. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and first began performing in the Bay Area. She has appeared in supporting roles in numerous films, including Evan Almighty and Miss Congeniality 2. Her television credits include Samantha Who, The Shield, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crossing Jordan, and Journeyman.