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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (9 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: May 1999 ISBN: 9780375416903
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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, transforming family, marriage, and friendship and propelled by the supercharged global businesses and new technologies that make everyone's lives shake and spin a little faster.
As the year 2000 progresses, George Mactier and Lizzie Zimbalist, ten years married, are caught up in the whirl of their centrifugally accelerating lives. George is a TV producer for the upstart network MBC, launching a truly and weirdly groundbreaking new show that blurs the line between fact and fiction. Lizzie is a software entrepreneur dealing with the breakneck pleasures and pains of running her own company in an industry where the rules are rewritten daily. Rocketing between Los An-geles and Seattle, with occasional stopovers at home in Manhattan for tag-team parenting of their three children, George and Lizzie are the kind of businesspeople who, growing up in the sixties and seventies, never dreamed they would end up in business. They're too busy to spend the money that's rolling in, and too smart not to feel ambivalent about their crazed, high-gloss existences, but nothing seems to slow the roller-coaster momentum of their inter-secting lives and careers.
However, after Lizzie, recovering from a Microsoft deal gone awry, becomes a confidante and 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. When they and their children are finally drawn into a thrilling, high-tech corporate hoax that sends Wall Street reeling (and makes one person very, very rich), George and Lizzie can only marvel at life's oversized surprises and hold on for dear life.
Like Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, Kurt Andersen's Turn of the Century 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

  • Wonderful writing [that] sparkles with original observations. USA Today
  • “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

  • Outrageously funny . . . wickedly satirical . . . the most unclichéd novel imaginable. The New York Times 
  • Astonishing . . . Andersen [is] the first most promising novelist of the Third Millennium. Entertainment Weekly
  • Extraordinary . . . exceptional. The Independent on Sunday
  • “[An] elegant and relentless fictional send-up of the way we live now.”

    Wall Street Journal

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


  • “Inspired…astonishing…very funny.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Fun to read.”


  • “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 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 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 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 Meredith | 3/5/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 12/21/2008

    " Not exactly compelling, can't put down reading, but worth it for the occasional gem of an observation or just right, turn of phrase. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esther | 6/18/2008

    " I never finished this book as I just could not get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/2/2008

    " Kurt Anderson traveled ahead in time, took notes, traveled back in time and wrote this book. Brilliant, savage, and funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 10/31/2007

    " Andersen's take on the turn into the 21st century was poignant and fantastically hillarious. He criticizes modern trends in child rearing, dot-com boom and bust, mobile phone craze and dedication. Although it was lengthy, the pace was quick, and never missed a beat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 9/24/2007

    " audacious, funny, cleverly structured and written, after all,with a good heart under all that cynicism and shrewd observation "

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About the Author
Author Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is an author and essayist. He has also written for film, television, and the stage and has contributed to the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time. He is also host and cocreator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award–winning cultural magazine show produced by Public Radio International and WNYC and broadcast on 140 stations to 500,000 listeners each week. He cofounded the transformative independent magazine Spy, which was nominated for two National Magazine Awards.

About the Narrator

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.