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4.00011285909713 out of 54.00011285909713 out of 54.00011285909713 out of 54.00011285909713 out of 54.00011285909713 out of 5 4.00 (2,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Pynchon Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9781400173709
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Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the Revolution, postwar Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred. The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx. As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them. Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world, it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two. According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction. Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck. -Thomas Pynchon Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/18/2014

    " I am not even close to finished; last time I picked it up, I was only in the 200s. This book is amazingly complex and full of interesting characters with multiple plot lines. Beautifully written. I am slightly in awe and more than a little intimidated, but I do fully intend to read through it by the end of the year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 1/29/2014

    " Unwieldy but fascinating, with a number of truly indelible characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Werner | 1/20/2014

    " Pynchon Gumbo. Part revenge tragi-comedy, part mathematical mystery, part existential slapstick, part little rascals meets Tom Swift, part theological meditation on the themes of invisibility and grace. Riffing on the major themes and narrative approach of Gravity's Rainbow, Pynchon kept my interest for all 1200 pages. I'll have to read it again some eon to be sure about whether the resolution(s--definitely plural) follow through on all six thousand ninety-one characters and themes. On first read, my sense is that the first 80% is better than the last 20%, but it's possible readers fatigue is a factor. Much much better than Mason & Dixon, but not the place to start with Pynchon. (My advice on that front remainds 1. The short story Entropy; 2. The Crying of Lot 49; 3. Gravity's Rainbow; 4. Inherent Vice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 1/2/2014

    " a chore "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billiam | 12/29/2013

    " long, in progress, like a children's book for adults! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duncan | 11/5/2013

    " s'pretty good, you guys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Lee | 10/16/2013

    " Pugnax got his name from this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Wilson | 11/4/2012

    " another tragic failure to maintain enough momentum to make it thru this densely populated pynchon classic. I really thought i could do it, then i left it at my brother's house and haven't seen it for 3 weeks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zackattack | 9/29/2012

    " epic, but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lloyd | 1/7/2012

    " No Mason & Dixon. Could have been chopped in half and lost nothing. Just 'cos he's Pynchon, doesn't mean he doesn't need an editor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 4/10/2011

    " This is such a great book but why do I keep putting it down? Pynchon is a painter, really, and it's hard to absorb all the beautiful detail more than a few pages at a time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colinb | 12/14/2010

    " was goooood. but a lot of math mumbo jumbo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fulani | 11/25/2010

    " Huge, sprawling book. Wonderful concepts and conceits. Great humour. You have to pay attention because trivial details turn out to be important 600 pages later. Wonderful use of language. I'm enjoying it "

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About the Author
Author Thomas PynchonThomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland , Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

Frank Miller is the author and illustrator of Sin City and the 1986 Batman comic The Dark Knight Returns, which is regarded as a milestone in the superhero genre.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.