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2.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 5 2.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Ferris Narrator: Deanna Hurst Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.

With a demon’s eye for the details that make life worth noticing, Joshua Ferris tells a true and funny story about survival in life’s strangest environment—the one we pretend is normal five days a week.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterwork of pitch and tone…Ferris brilliantly captures the fishbowl quality of contemporary office life.” 

    New Yorker

  • “What looks at first glance like a sweet-tempered satire of workplace culture is revealed upon closer inspection to be a very serious novel about, well, America. It may even be, in its own modest way, a great American novel.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In this wildly funny debut from former ad man Ferris, a group of copywriters and designers at a Chicago ad agency face layoffs at the end of the 90s boom…At once delightfully freakish and entirely credible, Ferris’ cast makes a real impression.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “Deanna Hurst’s narration gives each character life without going overboard with different voices for dialogue. In other words, like the characters themselves, the voices all sound different and the same, simultaneously. With Hurst playing Ferris dry, sharp humor perfectly, listeners will be sorry to hear the story come to an end.” 

    AudioFile

  • “This debut novel about life in a Chicago advertising agency succeeds as both a wickedly incisive satire of office groupthink and a surprisingly moving meditation on mortality and the ties that band…The funhouse mirror here reflects the office dynamic at its most petty and profound.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2008 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award
  • Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2007 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2007 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2007 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

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

    " This is a hilarious train wreck. If you've worked in close quarters with others in an office setting, you'll be laughing and commiserating throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy | 2/4/2014

    " Successfully narrated using the first person plural voice, Ferris's novel is a unique and clever take on the mundane (and not so mundane) minutiae of office life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Juliette | 1/31/2014

    " It's hilariously funny, well-written, and has wonderful insight into how people interact in an office setting, telling their stories. The narrator is an anonymous "we" and it was really interesting to see how he pulled that off. But there didn't seem to be much of a plot, and after a while I put it down because I never wondered "what's going to happen next?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lucy | 1/26/2014

    " I should have read this when it was trendy, because I know I would have enjoyed it more. that was also back when I worked in a "real" office and so I would have felt more connected to the subject and themes and the whole "we" narration thing. as it stands I just couldn't get into it. lately if it's not about England or high school, it just doesn't feel like any fun. I can tell this guy is a really good writer though, so I feel sort of guilty abt quitting on him so quickly. :( maybe I'll get on board with his next book in a more timely fashion. "

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About the Author
Author Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris received a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and Prairie Schooner. He was born in Danville, Illinois, grew up in Key West, and now lives in Brooklyn.