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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Lethem Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739357255
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An early novel from the award-winning and bestselling author of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN and FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, now available for the first time on audio.Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.

Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."

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Quotes & Awards

  • Exceptionally clever. . . . A book of compelling ideas, of intellectual conflict, of human frailty and desire. And it's funny. Dallas Morning News
  • Jonathan Lethem has succeeded in delivering a wonderland on the side of the looking glass, San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Lethem is opening blue sky for American fiction. . . . He is rapidly evolving into his own previously uncataloged species. Village Voice Literary Supplement
  • Wickedly funny. Columbus DIspatch  
  • An oddball tour de force. Entertainment Weekly 

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 2/3/2014

    " A clever conceit - but the prose is overworked and tends toward the purple side. Loved the idea of the explorations of pseudo-science and losing a lover to a black hole of possibilities/alternate reality, but it was exhausting to wade through the piles of metaphors and clever twists of phrase that the characters thought in. The lack of simple, concise language distanced me emotionally and made this book seem pretentious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Borysthen | 1/28/2014

    " Proof that Jonathan Lethem can write about characters almost free of place, and free of Brooklyn. Hilariously bizarre. Both science geeks and lit nerds will find this funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Johnson | 1/12/2014

    " This is my favorite romance story in book form of all time. Hands down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/8/2014

    " Like all of Lethem's work, the premise (a scientist who falls in love--literally--with a vacuum-ic entity) is fertile. Like some Lethem, the follow-through is not all there. Engaging and quick, but in the end the strength of the story is little more than the idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/8/2014

    " Terrific title, interesting premise, really great language and description, dark and disturbed. One of the reviewers said "hilarious", but I didn't find it funny. It tells of an inexorable slide into the void in search of love and meaning, and is essentially a story of death. Maybe I just read it on the wrong day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 11/4/2013

    " Very clever, but the ending gets a bit strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah Foster | 10/26/2013

    " Michael Chow's favorite book of all time. He gave me the book, with the strange story that came along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Buchholz | 8/18/2013

    " It's amazing that this book, given the ridiculous premise and the scope of the ideas it explores, succeeds on any level, especially considering the hit/miss ratio of Lethem's other work. But it does succeed, and it's pleasantly intimidating how it all seems to happen with ease. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/15/2013

    " This book was my introduction to Lethem. I kind of prefer his earlier sci-fi stuff but that's just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/10/2013

    " Very weird plot, and not particularly likable characters. BUT, excellent writing. It's a quick, interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dragynlady | 7/29/2013

    " and incredible multidimensional love triangle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 7/23/2013

    " Very clever... I'm not an academic nor a science major and I got it! Philip was most entertaining with his constant witticisms. I'm still streaming from the vagina ecologist. Refreshing. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/5/2013

    " A very fun, quick novel. A physicist falls in love with a black hole she's created. The narrator loves the physicist. Makes fun of academia, love, and black holes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naylil | 5/14/2013

    " a nice mix of science fiction and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Notechis | 3/26/2013

    " A dreamy little story about a love triangle between a man, a woman, and a black hole. The entire thing feels like 2am. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/9/2013

    " smart, funny, risky, successful. normally I don't like absurdly impossible plot elements, but letham pulls it off. very geeky in a way I like. about a guy in love with a scientist who is in love with her work, literally, and also about science/humanities dichotomy. psychological. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.h. | 7/30/2012

    " In this one, Letham takes it into the realm of the absurd in a way that only he can. This shouldn't be the first Letham book you read as its very out there, but its a nice complement to his other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lixian | 6/29/2012

    " It's a pretty strange novel but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/22/2011

    " Loved this book. The most interesting relationship problem - ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal Kerrigan | 8/22/2011

    " Smart, very smart. Lethem writes as he does cynical, and bizarre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/24/2011

    " The characters were all a bit unbelievable which is often a good thing for a science fiction book but it didn't really work here. Her ego swallowed her and her husband alive and I really didn't care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 4/27/2011

    " I read this for my April book group.
    Funny, quirky, lovely capture of the cerbral world of the university.
    Clever.
    Terribly flawed, wonderfully human characters.
    very meta cognitive

    makes me want to read more Jonathan Lethem! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 4/21/2011

    " Been a while since I read this one, but I do remember it being very funny and creative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/9/2011

    " Oddly enough, I'm not sure what I thought of this book. It was entertaining but not enthralling, amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny. The technical parts went right over my head but the premise was definitely interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " This and Motherless Brooklyn are my favorite of Lethem's wonderful books. The atmosphere of academia in the small college is perfectly evoked as one gets to know the main characters fully. He makes the implausible become simply the guideposts for reality as one immerses oneself in his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 3/2/2011

    " god story. Lethem has some weird stories. lots of symbolisms. that i don't always get. but still enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/14/2011

    " Explorations of the multiverse as canvas and metaphor for interactions between people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irwin | 11/22/2010

    " I was very disappointed in this thin and flat novel by Jonathan Lethem, whose previous "Fortress of Solitude" was such a fantastic read. The plot is a one-line physics joke and the characters are even more lifeless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sean | 11/20/2010

    " Absolutely a great little book. Theoretical physics love triangle. Philip k Dick would be proud or he would be something, hard to pin him down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/4/2010

    " Clever, funny, interesting to a point. Great writing, mediocre story. Not his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabella | 9/21/2010

    " Weird, but entertaining. I especially enjoyed the constant babble of the blind guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 9/7/2010

    " Shorter and less complex than some of his other (major?) work, this fits right in however with my previous Lethem experiences. That is to say it was a whimsical yet thoughtful, imaginative and highly entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 9/5/2010

    " A void with intelligence is discovered in a small college physics department. Sounds like the making of a science fiction novel, but this ends up being much more of a love story, and a humorous one at that. Quite witty and quirky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 8/14/2010

    " Very earnest intention to read an entire non-fiction book was put out of its mercy by Ian- keeping me in good sci-fi for a decade and counting. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including National Book Critics Circle Award–winning Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. Lethem’s stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times, among others. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

David Aaron Baker is a voice and film actor. He is an award-winning narrator of dozens of audiobooks, including the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, Paradise Dogs by Man Martin, and The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.