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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: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739314951
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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 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 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 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 Katrina | 2/11/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Valentine | 2/5/2014

    " Of the Lethem I have read, this one is my favorite so far. He writes from a woman's point of view very well. The book is not too long, and has a fun storyline about a band, showing a little but not too much hipster irony. Almost every sentence feels like it was constructed with great care and creativity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/20/2014

    " I am so not the demographic for this book. But if you're a well-educated, underemployed, 30-going-on-18 hipster musician (not that there's anything wrong with that), you just might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priya | 1/20/2014

    " Book club book of the month. Has a Kangeroo named Shelf and some interesting times. Not sure about the ending or the concept....but it was a new read nonetheless.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/16/2014

    " strange, though gripping at times. delves into loneliness and what people will do to avoid it... loved the "astronaut candy" analogy! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dorothy | 12/30/2013

    " Surprisingly soulless! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fred | 11/26/2013

    " Ultimately a lousy book by a terrific writer; "lesser Lethem" might be the most charitable description. But as Donna Bowman wrote for the AV Club, "The man [was] due for a letdown." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stacy | 11/11/2013

    " i agree with s.c. - reasonably enjoyable. more enjoyable than a lot of things in life, like working. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharie | 10/28/2013

    " pages 47-48...i think all of us can relate! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deadbeatgrandpajoe | 8/23/2013

    " This the only one of his books I've read. Not bad, but not interested to read another. There is or at least use to be the turning foot, it's on Sunset not far from Dodger Stadium "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 8/1/2013

    " I found this book disappointing. I generally quite like Lethem's novels and I found this one slight in comparison to Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn. It was a quick read but even still, by the end I just didn't care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/31/2012

    " Great story of young adults in LA trying to find their way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 9/28/2012

    " weird but entertaining. i really like lethem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/13/2012

    " Despite containing some witty ideas, this book never manages to feel very substantial. It's not as horrible as all the 1-star reviews might have you believe, but it definitely didn't leave any sort of impact on me. I've come to expect better from Lethem. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 8/1/2012

    " I'm such a Lethem fan and this book was really disappointing. It's really hard to write about music in Fiction. It always sounds forced. We get it, you're cool, you have great music taste. Your characters don't need to prove that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/8/2011

    " The kangaroo thing was unnecessary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paulette F | 12/6/2011

    " Found some well-shaped sentences and good metaphors. Otherwise, this tale is bereft of any emotion that I can recognzie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Soria | 7/1/2011

    " Not Lethem's best but interesting and imminently readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remy | 5/28/2011

    " I thought I wouldn't like this at first. A book about L.A. hipsters. But, as usual, Lethem won me over with all his terrific details. I liked the slogan writing stuff. The plot wasn't great though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/8/2011

    " I hated all the characters, much like I hated everybody in As She Climbed Across the Table. What's that about? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesse | 4/26/2011

    " The one week book of Jonathan Lethem's. I'm a fan of just about everything else he's written, but this was pretty bad. If you haven't read any Lethem I'd say read just about anything else he's written first.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " Lethem is in the unenviable position here of having to compete with himself and finds himself beaten. This book has its moments though, I'm glad I read it. Particularly at the end as the characters "stand at the edge of their thirties" he is truly poetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/18/2011

    " Not Lethem's best, but I'd still rather spend a few hours in one of the worlds he invents than in most anybody else's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/1/2011

    " Despite containing some witty ideas, this book never manages to feel very substantial. It's not as horrible as all the 1-star reviews might have you believe, but it definitely didn't leave any sort of impact on me. I've come to expect better from Lethem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chanpheng | 1/22/2011

    " Amusing in places but I finished with the general feeling that I didn't care for the characters. The situation seemed forced and predictable. Lethem's other writings are so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/5/2011

    " So far my least favorite book by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matilda | 1/1/2011

    " I'm not sure how to categorize this. I didn't get very far so I may give it another go. I was interested in it after loving Chronic City but this one could not keep me engaged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 12/25/2010

    " I really thought this would be a fun read but I wondered why I even bothered. If it wasn't for the novelty of name dropping neighborhood haunts I wouldn't have finished it. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan LethemJonathan Lethem is the author of five novels, including Gun, With Occasion Music, and Girl in Landscape. His most recent, Motherless Brooklyn, was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won The National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award. He is also the author of the story collection, The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye and the novella This Shape We’re In. He edited The Vintage Book of Amnesia, guest-edited The Year’s Best Music Writing 2002, and was the founding fiction editor of Fence Magazine. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and many other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.