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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:
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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!


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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.