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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Shteyngart Narrator: Ali Ahn, Adam Grupper Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781449821401
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Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, creates a compelling reality in this tale about an illiterate America in the not-too-distant future. Lenny Abramov may just be penning the world’s last diary. Which is good, because while falling in love with a rather unpleasant woman and witnessing the fall of a great empire, Lenny has a lot to write about. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A supersad, superfunny, superaffecting performance…that also uncovers his abilities to write deeply and movingly about love and loss and mortality…In recounting the story of Lenny and Eunice in his antic, supercaffeinated prose, Mr. Shteyngart gives us his most powerful and heartfelt novel yet—a novel that performs the delightful feat of mashing up an apocalyptic satire with a genuine supersad true love story.”

    New York Times

  • “Shteyngart makes trenchant, often hilarious, observations about a fading empire.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “With Shteyngart’s nutty knack for tangy language, it’s as if Vladimir Nabokov rewrote 1984.”

    People

  • “Funny, on-target, and ultimately sad as it captures the absurdity and anxiety of navigating an increasingly out-of-control world.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A slit-your-wrist satire illuminated by the author’s absurd wit…This zany Russian immigrant loops the comedy of Woody Allen’s Sleeper through the grim insights of George Orwell’s 1984 to produce a Super Sad True Love Story that exposes the moral bankruptcy of our techno-lust.”

    Washington Post

  • “Blending sharp satire with moving portraits of love between lonely people, Gary Shteyngart’s fiendishly clever third novel leaves you wondering whether that dull ache in your stomach is from laughter or just plain sadness…Like flicking between Tolstoy and Facebook on an iPad.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Shteyngart presents another profane and dizzying satire, a dystopic vision of the future as convincing—and, in its way, as frightening—as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road…Shteyngart’s earnestly struggling characters—along with a flurry of running gags—keep the nightmare tour of tomorrow grounded. A rich commentary on the obsessions and catastrophes of the information age and a heartbreaker worthy of its title, this is Shteyngart’s best yet.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “What do you get when you cross Woody Allen with Lolita and 1984? Gary Shteyngart’s new satirical novel, Super Sad True Love Story…Grupper and Ahn’s performances provide listeners with all the wit, humor, and clever writing to be found in this unique novel.”

    AudioFile

  • “Full-tilt and fulminating satirist Shteyngart is mordant, gleeful, and embracive as he funnels today’s follies and atrocities into a devilishly hilarious, soul-shriveling, and all-too plausible vision of a ruthless and crass digital dystopia in which techno-addled humans are still humbled by love and death.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Adam Grupper and Ali Ahn bring these characters to life, perfectly voicing their perspectives. Not so much a sad love story about two people as one of an entire world. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “This cyber-apocalyptic vision of an American future seems eerily like the present, in a bleak comedy that is even more frightening than funny…Chilling. The narrative proceeds in a surprising yet inevitable manner to the outcome the title promises. When Lenny realizes ‘I can’t connect in any meaningful way to anyone,’ he’s writing about not merely a technological breakdown but the human condition, where the line distinguishing comedy from tragedy dissolves.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2010 Salon Magazine Best Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the August 2010 Indie Next List
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • An 2010 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Slate Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2010 Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books for Fiction
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Gagne | 2/20/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Started to annoy me towards the end, but a decent book. Vonnegutesque in many ways, the future is a world bereft of true human contact. People talk on their "apparats" and their credit scores/likability ratings are flashed onscreen as they walk by. Corporations rule. That kind of thing with a Russian Jewish influence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Robin | 2/20/2014

    " I wavered back and forth on whether I liked the book, but in the end would say it was a great read - just definitely a bit disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 2/18/2014

    " What a strange little nugget of fiction. I'm not sure whether I hated it, but, I certainly didn't love it. I guess I should have been able to infer from the title that the plot was simply the love story, but for some reason I kept waiting for something to happen. What should have been most interesting here, the social landscape Shteyngart has created, really just comes off as a lackluster derivative of Margaret Atwood's much more compelling environment from Oryx & Crake/Year of the Flood. Regardless, I applaud the scope of the satire and the scathing wit of the social commentary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/16/2014

    " More science fiction for people who have never read any science fiction. I got bored by the subtle romantic misogyny and wheel-reinvention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Copps | 2/2/2014

    " I love a dystopia, and this near-term one was a great read. Shteyngart may be our best satirist today. I continue to make do without a cell phone, thank you very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vansa | 2/1/2014

    " Funny, poignant and thoughtful, this book is about Lenny and Eunice, trying to make their way through life. Set in a future that doesn't seem too far away, really, with some chapters written as chat message exchanges, this book almost seems prescient in its description of a future where credit poles evaluate everyone's worth, and boats of refugees want to leave the US! Shteyngart's dystopian future is exaggerated, yet identifiable, which is what makes this book so clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cybelecochran | 1/28/2014

    " Brilliant book, couldn't put it down. Ended abruptly though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Etan Ilfeld | 1/25/2014

    " An excellent book that is both funny and a interesting critique of the future of social media. This novel was so easy to read that I just couldn't put it down--I finished it in 2 days! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vadim | 1/19/2014

    " Most absurd love story with elements of science fiction. Funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tagnahoor | 1/2/2014

    " A deep story about shallow people in a shallow culture told in their shallow language. Fabulous. Every page a gem. Outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 11/17/2013

    " I could verbal all day about how much I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 11/16/2013

    " OK. Amusing and yet scary that the author's view of the not-too-distant future has a very real possibilty economically and politically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/9/2013

    " It was thoughtfully written and unique but glad when it was done. Poor Lenny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 3/16/2013

    " The future is hopeless .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 3/9/2013

    " Well-written, interesting depiction of a dystopian future, where social media has pretty much taken over society. Only giving it two stars because of the repugnancy of the characters. Maybe that was the point, although I think I was supposed to like Lenny, since he likes books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clivia | 10/23/2012

    " A super smart sad future. I was dragged kicking and screaming through this novel. I'm not typically a modern scifi fan, but this isn't really of that genre. It's simply tomorrow. Or the day after. A beautiful book - a boy, a girl, and the interference of their "friends". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Davis | 6/6/2012

    " I'm probably giving this only three stars because of its strength. This dystopia is too dismal, too recognizable, and depressingly too plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mai Ling | 4/26/2012

    " I loved the first half of this book, but I just kept expecting more from the second half. And the very end was just weird, and I'm not sure I completely get it. It's a sad world Shteyngart created where books are old smelly things and nobody knows how to read. Let's just hope it never comes to be! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Carman | 3/26/2012

    " Gary Shteyngart is a comic genius and this is a fantastic satire of our corporate/youth-obsessed/media-driven culture. Hilarious and true. Five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 molly mundt | 2/15/2012

    " way better than absurdistan, it was fairly good. it seemed as if the ending was forced & ended strangely (not in a good or interesting way) - but great for all of it's futuristic prophesies-which are SO IMAGINATIVE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra Wilks | 2/12/2012

    " 'Super' book I read for my dissertation. I suppose you'd describe it as 'postmodern'. Set in the near future, it's brilliant and throughly unusual. Fab! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 10/11/2011

    " Really good book. Great characters that develop and you want to keep knowing, wonderful prose, and a story setting, that quite frankly was fascinating and unnerving because you could easily see it being our not to distant future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Neil | 8/21/2011

    " Found this book to be very thought provoking and scary at times to think that this really could be our near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.d. | 5/24/2011

    " this is a beautiful update of 1984. shtynegart writes like a cross between philip roth and woody allen. his humor is so funny and real it can make you cry. his vision of the near future is frighteningly real. his concept of the "pogrom within and the pogrom without" is too true. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessie | 5/24/2011

    " I HATED this book. I couldn't even try to finish it. No only is it overly explicit, but I couldn't even begin to relate to the characters. The story was going nowhere and to boot there was no depth to the book. If you run across a copy, burn it. "

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

    " Can't say I enjoyed this one. The satire was a bit too obvious, the characters a bit too flat. The mundaneness of the character's lives and aspirations in the face of the events surrounding them was thought-provoking, but didn't make for a compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabelle | 5/23/2011

    " Technically it's sic-fi of the absurd satire type but the world Shteyngart describes feels creepily plausible and in many instances even familiar. "

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

    " Gary Shteyngart has forged a new genre -- funny dystopian fiction! What a wonderous way with adjectives! I'm so pleased that he created this "printed bound non-streaming media artifact". And the view of New York City on the eve of the collapse of the US is totally believable. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 5/21/2011

    " Not to diss Super Sad True Love Story or anything, but it's not as good as Absurdistan. And Absurdistan is not quite a 5. So, 3.

    I refuse to give in to review inflation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 5/20/2011

    " Funny satire about what is going on with our obsession with technology, but it was a bit gimmicky with no characters that I cared about at the resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/17/2011

    " I would like to give Gary Shteyngart a hug.

    While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it definitely lived up to its name. So much of it was really funny, while so much of it was sad because it was already becoming true, or you could see it happening in the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sybil | 5/15/2011

    " This book lived up to the hype I thought
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/14/2011

    " Beautifully sad love story told through both partners in a futuristic America. Adored it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/13/2011

    " Definitely recommend this one-- highly enjoyable and highly successful at what it's trying to do. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the US seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and a best book of the year by Time, the Washington Post Book World, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and many others. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Esquire, GQ, the New Yorker, and Travel + Leisure. He currently lives in New York City.

About the Narrators

Ali Ahn is a film, television, and voice actor. Her acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Ugly Betty, White Collar, and Zero Hour. She has also narrated numerous audio books, such as Honolulu by Alan Brennert, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.