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2.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 5 2.33 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Andersen Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As big and exciting as the next century, this is a novel of real life at our giddy, feverish, topsy-turvy edge of the millennium. Turn of the Century is a good old-fashioned novel about the day after tomorrow— an uproarious, exquisitely observed panorama of our world as the twentieth century morphs into the twenty-first.

George Mactier and Lizzie Zimbalist, ten years married, are caught up in the whirl of their accelerating lives. George is a television producer launching a groundbreaking new show. Lizzie is a software entrepreneur running her own company. However, after Lizzie becomes an adviser to George’s boss, billionaire media mogul Harold Mose, the couple discovers that no amount of sophisticated spin can obscure basic instincts: envy, greed, suspicion, sexual temptation—and, maybe, love.

Like Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, Kurt Andersen’s novel lays bare the follies of our age with laser-beam precision, creating memorable characters and dissecting the ways we think, speak, and navigate this new era of extreme capitalism and mind-boggling technology. Entertaining, imaginative, knowing, and wise, Turn of the Century is a richly plotted comedy of manners about the way we live now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A big, sprawling book…[Kurt Andersen has] infused it with so much inventive imagination…Should be put in a Manhattan time capsule with the note: ‘This is how we lived at the turn of the century.’”

     New York Times Book Review

  • “[An] elegant and relentless fictional send-up of the way we live now.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “His dialogue sparkles…Extremely shrewd and funny.”

    Fortune

  • “Inspired…astonishing…very funny.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Fun to read.”

    Time

  • “Rare is the book that makes me laugh out loud. Turn of the Century did constantly…Witty and dazzling.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Within the deafening white noise of the new millennium, a gifted critic and writer like Andersen can discern the vital signals of humanity.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A blockbuster fiction debut for media insider Anderson…this brilliantly conceived, keenly incisive social satire draws fresh humor out of the overhyped territory of millennial madness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christine | 3/13/2011

    " I Didn't really finish - I couldn't even make it through chapter 2! The writing style, and probably the subject matter, did not engage me at all. Boo "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dean | 2/18/2011

    " Clever writing style - especially in the way he uses cultural references. You get the sense that he knows the two worlds his main characters inhabit (Broadcast TV and Computer Gaming) very well. The Characters a pretty generic though and the story a little flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bret | 4/21/2009

    " Consistently hilarious. It seems like, reading it today, this book should be dated, since it takes place ten years ago and is full of old buzzwords about the internet/digital media/etc, but all in all is well written enough to avoid dragging throughout it's rather extensive length. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Meredith | 3/5/2009

    " I LOVED this book. It may actually be the Great American Novel. "

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