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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,936 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Pynchon Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1966 ISBN: 9781436111966
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Calling Thomas Pynchon a “virtuoso with prose,” the Chicago Tribune compares his work to James Joyce’s Ulysses. Pynchon, winner of the National Book Award, has shocked, enthralled, and delighted fans for more than forty years with his satire and wit.

Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce’s affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The comedy crackles, the puns pop, the satire explodes.”

    New York Times

  • “A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force with a strongly European flavor.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tessa Ciosek | 2/11/2014

    " This book is excepted to be an intense drama, action filled, page turning book by the title. when reading the book though you find it is none of the above and are rather disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/3/2014

    " I really wanted to like this, but it was just OK. I can appreciate Pynchon, but this was just a little too bizarre for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Walker | 1/31/2014

    " Postmodern mystery novel staged in the drug-tripping 1960s about societal chaos, lack of communication, and willingness to believe in conspiracy theories. Great, quick read with interesting historical elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald B. | 1/31/2014

    " Does the world make sense or are we crazy to think so? Is there a message in the noise and confusion of life, or are we just paranoid to think so? Does this novel mean anything or am I just as insane as the main character Oedipa Mas? Read my posts about this metafictional novel -- "A Walking Assembly of Man: Many Voices Crying Lot 49" and "Message or Madness?: Thomas Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49" on my blog Metablog on Metafiction at ronosaurusrex.com. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 1/28/2014

    " definitely a period piece "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/27/2014

    " My first Pynchon, and my head hurts, just like Oedipa's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rex Booth | 1/15/2014

    " uggh! .. really hard to read and get into this one.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliot Ross | 12/14/2013

    " I don't really know what to say about this book. Unique prose, but not my bag. The story was kinda boring. The puns were funny. Maybe I didn't get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey Hampton | 10/14/2013

    " I'm not a big fan of the satirical novel but if you like that sort of thing, this might be a good one? Personally it was a slog uphill while pulling an unconscious elephant - not exactly fun times but I think it did make me smirk out loud once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 8/31/2013

    " I didn't get it. But I take full responsibility for that. Don't think my head was in the right place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 11/29/2012

    " I didn't get it. That's all there is to it. I'm on the outside of this book, looking in, and wondering what the hell is going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Haines | 8/28/2012

    " This is one of those books that once you've finished reading it, you really want to talk to someone about it. I didn't love it though, and wouldn't recommend it to everyone. If you enjoyed Catch 22, this is probably your sort of thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth Madej | 6/18/2012

    " I'm ashamed to say that this is the first Thomas Pynchon book I've read. Everything about me suggests that I should've loved it and that it should've sparked a heated affair between me and Pynchon's work. Instead it made me never want to read a novel again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack Najarian-Najafi | 4/22/2012

    " Explains why the US postal system sucks. I bet the WASTE guys still deliver on Saturdays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2012

    " Just couldn't get along with it at all, and gave up just before the half way point. Too contrived for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Théophile Sersiron | 2/20/2012

    " Not the best Pynchon, but some dazzling moments make you foresee the greatness of the guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jenn | 2/11/2012

    " Well, that happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lysergius | 11/24/2011

    " Where did he come from? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean Murray | 8/24/2011

    " Could not finish this book it was so bad. I almost never do that but I just could not justify spending anymore time with this novel. "

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

    " Rad intertextual references. Somewhat unsatisfying ending, but I didn't expect much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 5/14/2011

    " Either extremely brilliant or utter drivel. Either a plea for courage, or one for insanity. Either important to those who care for politics, or bullshit to those who care for aesthetics. Either one star or five. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant | 4/22/2011

    " If a book is meritorious of allusion in a Yo La Tengo song title ("The Crying of Lot G"), it's pretty damn good. One of Pynchon's most accesible books, and a staple of postmodern literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 4/18/2011

    " Terrible. Just terrible. Over-aggrandised, over-hyped, and egotistical satire that left me with sour taste in my mouth and a want to punch Pinchon in the mouth. Pray that we never meet in this life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 4/16/2011

    " A truly bizarre book to call absolutely beautiful, and yet I do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meave | 4/15/2011

    " Wildly different from what I expected. Not that I remember what I expected, but. Anyway, a pleasant surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aram | 4/14/2011

    " I think some of his Post-Modernism went over my head. I found myself frequently confused and a little lost by the very dense, complicated language and ideas. I did enjoy some of the absurdist humor, though. Some very clever funny lines in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2011

    " Had to read this for an English class in college. To this day, I have no idea what it is about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/13/2011

    " Steeps you in mid-century like a teabag. Pristine satire. A prescient, perennially-applicable comment on what it means to be Californian. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas PynchonThomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland , Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

Frank Miller is the author and illustrator of Sin City and the 1986 Batman comic The Dark Knight Returns, which is regarded as a milestone in the superhero genre.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.