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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Pynchon Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780698151260
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Winner of the 1974 National Book Award, Gravity’s Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

“The sprawling narrative comprises numerous threads having to do either directly or tangentially with the secret development and deployment of a rocket by the Nazis near the end of World War II. Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop is an American working for Allied Intelligence in London. Agents of the Firm, a clandestine military organization, are investigating an apparent connection between Slothrop’s erections and the targeting of incoming V-2 rockets. As a child, Slothrop was the subject of experiments conducted by a Harvard professor who is now a Nazi rocket scientist. Slothrop’s quest for the truth behind these implications leads him on a nightmarish journey of either historic discovery or profound paranoia, depending on his own and the reader’s interpretation.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fantastic!…Fantastically large, complex, funny, perplexing, daring, and weird…If I were banished to the moon tomorrow and could take only five books along, this would have to be one of them.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] shrieking vehicle—that is Pynchon’s book…There is not one story but a proliferation of characters and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension…Pynchon doesn’t want you to rest easy with solved mysteries, though. Gravity’s Rainbow uses beautiful prose to induce an altered state of consciousness, a buzz. It’s a trip, and it will last.”


  • “Pynchon’s masterwork is vast, sprawling, and chaotic. Here its frenzied prose is balanced and stabilized by George Guidall’s calm voice. Pynchon is the poet laureate of paranoia, so the reassuringly sane narration helps us pretend that this is all happening in something like the real world. Guidall doesn’t try to create individualized voices for all the major characters, but neither does Pynchon, really. You can tell who is speaking at all times, and that has to be enough. This is an audiobook to immerse yourself in, and if you don’t quite follow the story—and you won’t unless you’ve already read the book a few times—just have faith that you’re in expert hands.”


  • A Co-Winner of the 1974 National Book Award
  • A New York Times Best Book of the Century
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About the Author
Author Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon has written several acclaimed novels and was a MacArthur Fellow. In addition to a National Book Award, he has received the William Dean Howells Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which named Gravity’s Rainbow the best novel of the decade.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.