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Author: Jess Walter Narrator: Christopher Graybill Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780061230196
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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 cell—or send him circling back to himself—is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.

Performed by Christopher Graybill

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ A ridiculously talented writer.”

    New York TImes

  • “Exquisitely written …Like a paranoid Being There, The Zero is suspenseful, satisfying and unforgettable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is political satire at its best: scathing, funny, dark. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “Jess Walter's The Zero is a tense and compulsively readable roller-coaster ride fraught with psychological thrills, unanticipated dips and lurches, and existential truths.”

    Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

  • Jess Walter is a literary talent writ large.”

    Boston Globe

  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller
  • A 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

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About the Author

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.

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.