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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bret Easton Ellis Narrator: Andrew McCarth Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.

Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune, and power. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly more sinister than in his notorious past.

But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. When his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hypnotic…A haunting vision of disillusionment, twenty-first-century style.”


  • “This sequel is very much on target…[Ellis] uses the thriller framework to infuse nerve-rending unease into this look at Tinseltown mores.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In the same staccato prose that made [Less Than Zero] feel frighteningly fresh twenty-five years ago, Ellis paints a creepy LA.”

    USA Today

  • “Enough talk of [Ellis’] literary genius, let’s call him what he really is: a terrific horror writer…An absolute creep-fest [and] a festival of panting paranoia.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Taut and ultimately terrifying…In six novels, the author has emerged as one of the most gifted and serious novelists working in America today.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Brutally conceived, and effectively done…There is no doubt that Ellis retains the ability to startle and disquiet.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Visceral and often harrowing, Ellis delivers a work that matches such career peaks as Lunar Park and the infamous American Psycho.”


  • “Its dirty charms are indisputable.”


  • “Arrestingly spare…will leave you feeling bruised, guarded, and a little nervous about noises at night.”

    Time Out New York

  • “A page-turning read…Ellis is showing us what has changed in twenty-five years—not just in his characters or in Hollywood but in America and maybe the world.”


  • Imperial Bedrooms is a quicker, more controlled fire than its predecessor, and, like a good showman, Ellis has learned to save the best of the novel’s many tricks for last.…Devastating.”

    Village Voice

  • “Reading Ellis is a thrilling and strangely voyeuristic experience, [and] you can’t look away.”

    Venus Zine

  • “A book with pleasurable sentences and tensions; with pulpy twists and shivering scenarios.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Ellis fans will delight in the characters and Ellis’ easy hand in manipulating their fates, and though the novel’s synchronicity with [Less Than Zero] is sublime, this also works as a stellar stand-alone.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/6/2014

    " The Rat Pack from Less Than Zero is back in a dark continuation of debauchery in L.A. Clay returns to entangle himself in a conspiracy after he falls for an aspiring actress, Rain. And that's pretty much the whole plot. Clay runs into old companions along the way including Blair and Julian and imbibes plenty of alcohol to fuel his affair with Rain. What drives this book is the pervading sense of paranoia that Clay experiences. It creates a tangible tension as Clay's anxiety grows. While the mood is effective, I didn't find the story itself very engaging. Clay and his friends are far from sympathetic and his depravity is nothing new. The motives and consequences of his involvement in the shady scheme aren't ever fully revealed which made the conclusion a disappointment. Imperial Bedrooms lacked the originality of Bret's other books and felt rehashed. If you are a die-hard Bret fan by all means, you will like this book, but people like me who didn't get much out of Less Than Zero shouldn't waste their time on this. I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Program. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rusik | 2/6/2014

    " clumsy, unfocused. dissolves into last-attempt ultraviolence, without effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/5/2014

    " Not as good as Less Than Zero (or the previous 3 books that I rated 4 stars). That being said, well worth a read (although not a sequel that you can just pick up, 1st book definitely necessary). The style is great, the characters are brilliant and I love the way the tension ramps up and up and up. Also, without giving anything away, I think the ending is absolutely fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Inês | 2/4/2014

    " Not his finest work. Entertaining but lacks something. "

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