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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jess Walter Narrator: Christopher Graybil Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.

From its opening scene, when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head, novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian mayor and peopled by gawking celebrities, anguished policemen, and real-estate divas hyping the spoils of tragedy.

Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror or send him circling back to himself is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kris Dinnison | 2/20/2014

    " This book is dark political satire with a unique (but I think brilliant) construction. Commit to reading the first 50 pages in one sitting, and you'll be hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bea | 2/18/2014

    " I was confused most of the time while I read this book, and I'm not sure what happened in the end (death, hallucinations, injury, what?). The main character shoots himself in the head when the novel begins, lives, but has memory gaps or maybe he has a dual personality??? The "gaps" in memory experienced by the main character were experienced by the reader, too, so it was like reading a bunch of snall experiences and trying to put them together to figure out what happened. "The Zero" was ground zero on 9/11 and the story concerned cops and detectives and FBI agents trying to find out if some of the people who were pronounced dead were really dead, or if they might have something to do with terrorism. At least I think that's what it was about. I won't be recomending this one to anyone I can think of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Bond | 2/17/2014

    " Zowee! What a ride... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 2/11/2014

    " Just like the back cover says, this book is both funny and sad (many times both at the same time). The narrative style is what struck me most about The Zero; Walter uses Remy's memory lapses not only to keep the reader's attention, but also as a type of social/political commentary on our own reactions as a nation to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I definitely recommend this book; it's a quick read and well worth it. "

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About the Author
Author Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of the novels The Zero, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, and Citizen Vince, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. He has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Prize in both fiction and nonfiction. His books have been New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR best books of the year and have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Spokane, Washington.