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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (3,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Lethem Narrator: Jonathan Lethem Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the incomparable Jonathan Lethem, a raucous romantic farce that explores the paradoxes of love and art.

Lucinda Hoekke spends eight hours a day at the Complaint Line, listening to anonymous callers air their random grievances. Most of the time, the work is excruciatingly tedious. But one frequent caller, who insists on speaking only to Lucinda, captivates her with his off-color ruminations and opaque self-reflections. In blatant defiance of the rules, Lucinda and the Complainer arrange a face-to-face meeting—and fall desperately in love.

Consumed by passion, Lucinda manages only to tear herself away from the Complainer to practice with the alternative band in which she plays bass. The lead singer of the band is Matthew, a confused young man who works at the zoo and has kidnapped a kangaroo to save it from ennui. Denise, the drummer, works at No Shame, a masturbation boutique. The band’s talented lyricist, Bedwin, conflicted about the group’s as-yet-nonexistent fame, is suffering from writer’s block. Hoping to recharge the band’s creative energy, Lucinda “suggests” some of the Complainer’s philosophical musings to Bedwin. When Bedwin transforms them into brilliant songs, the band gets its big break, including an invitation to appear on L.A.’s premiere alternative radio show. The only problem is the Complainer. He insists on joining the band, with disastrous consequences for all.

Brimming with satire and sex, You Don’t Love Me Yet is a funny and affectionate send-up of the alternative band scene, the city of Los Angeles, and the entire genre of romantic comedy, but remains unmistakably the work of the inimitable Jonathan Lethem.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Smart and funny . . . a biting satirical take on the intersection of art and commerce, integrity and façade. . . . A send up of all things cool. Los Angeles Times
  • His best since Gun, With Occasional Music . . . what makes the book sing are Lethem's accounts of what happens when a crowd on the street hears a band inside a building . . . or when for a moment four musicians understand each other better than anyone of them understands him or herself. Greil Marcus, Interview
  • Fit to be devoured over a weekend. Rolling Stone
  • A gentle and hip romantic comedy [that] breezes through LA's iconoclastic anonymity with a refreshing sincerity. The Independent

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/17/2014

    " did not finish because I didn't like it that much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joshua | 2/14/2014

    " Not Lethem's best (I'm a fan from back when he wrote sci-fi) but still sort of entertaining for the pop/cultural elements yet a bit too vapid, oversexed and full of too many selfish, obtuse characters. Some of the rock band stuff was fun to read although the dj character in this was completely absurd. No one in L.A. (or any big city) from the so-called "alternative" world would listen to that nitwit. Almost took this down to two stars. Crap ending too that just shows off the emptyness on display...maybe I should have given this a 2*? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lord Beardsley | 2/14/2014

    " This book started off with promise and ended with me wanting to hurl the thing across the room out of total disgust. I mean, it wasn't just the plot that was missing...it was more...I won't go into details though because I don't feel like talking about a book that was a waste of time and isn't deserving of the text spent going into why it was so obnoxious...it just was. It gets one star for the kangaroo. "

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

    " Love it! One of the few books that has made me laugh out loud. "

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