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3.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 5 3.28 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jess Walter Narrator: Christopher Graybill Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kari | 2/1/2014

    " This book was just too dark for my taste. I really didn't like it. I read it for my book club and I was supposed to be the facilitator for the discussion. That was difficult since I disliked the book, but we did have some good discussion about it once we all got together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Nathanson | 1/14/2014

    " another post 9/11 novel...yeah, it has a tender,familiar tragedy- trajectories, but it's loaded with surprising turns of phrase & quirks. jess walter is my new fave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacey | 1/13/2014

    " Another good one from Jess! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/2/2014

    " I just read the first few chapters and it was grim. It was a little hard to follow and I guess I'm not in the mood so I'm not going to finish it. Someone let me know if I should pick it up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Heinrich | 1/1/2014

    " Short and interesting. The format could have become very annoying, but Walter's timing was good, and the story worked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Mckeen | 12/11/2013

    " An odd, somewhat cryptic take on post-9/11. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 12/8/2013

    " This was a bizarre book, but even with the skipping around, it still kept me wanting to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Petrucelli | 11/5/2013

    " This is supposed to be soulful look at the events of 9-11 with, for some ^&%^&^* reason, a crime novel folded in. It's like Cold Stone Creamery with turkey. Why? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/28/2013

    " Great prose and dialog, but the storyline was very disjointed, which was probably the intention considering the condition of the main character, but it was hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/31/2012

    " This novel about a NYC cop after 9-11 is very unusual but riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zakariah Johnson | 3/8/2012

    " Imagine Jorge Borges and William S. Burroughs getting together to write the definitive depiction of post-9/11 America. That book is "The Zero." Somehow surreality is the best approach to depict the truth of certain situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/28/2012

    " It was a good idea, but the execution was a bit off. There simply wasn't enough of a resolution to make it feel worth my while, unfortunately. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 4/7/2011

    " This could have been a really wonderful book, as it captured so much of NYC right after 9/11. Instead it turned into a trite and meaningless spy thriller/shootout/chase movie script. Sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 3/16/2011

    " this book was hard to listen to and i'm guessing as hard to read because it was so frustrating. Remmy's (the main character) lapses and his disjointed life came thru loud and clear. i'm still not sure what it was about! but inspite of everything i think it was well written and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 2/19/2011

    " Wow. I loved this book. My favorite 9/11 novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenny | 1/6/2011

    " Great book. I am loving this author. It was a very clever story revolving around the aftermath of 9/11 for a police officer that was on the scene. It was funny, a bit dark and thought provoking. I read it via audiobook. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/3/2011

    " It was a little gimmicky and definitely dove into Chuck Palaniuk-land but I actually liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 12/15/2010

    " There was just too much incongruity for my taste... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suciadhillon | 11/7/2010

    " I got annoyed with the gaps in memory the narrator has - it was unsatisfying for a narrative (for me).
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/11/2010

    " Best book I've read this year. The Catch 22 of the war on terror. Funny, smart, complex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duckie | 6/28/2010

    " It was a good idea, but the execution was a bit off. There simply wasn't enough of a resolution to make it feel worth my while, unfortunately. "

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About the Author
Author Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

About the Narrator

Christopher Graybill has performed solo or partial narration for more than seventy-five audio books, including Listen Up and Audie Award winners.