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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Sterling Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2001 ISBN: 9780375417900
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It’s 1999 in Cyprus, an ancient island bejeweled with blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers and littered with rusting land mines, corroding barbed wire, and illegal sewage dumps. Here, in the Turkish half of the island, the ever-enterprising Leggy Starlitz has alighted, pausing on his mission to storm the Third World with the “G-7” girls, the cheapest, phoniest all-girl band ever to wear Wonderbras and spandex. And his market is staring him in the face: millions of teenagers trapped in a world of mullahs and mosques, all ready to blow their pocket change on G-7’s massive merchandising campaign—and to wildly anticipate music the group will never release.

Leggy’s brilliant plan means doing business with some of the world’s most dangerous people. His business partner is the rich and connected Mehmet Ozbey, a man with many identities and a Turkish girlfriend whose beauty and singing voice could blow G-7 right out of the water. His security chief is Pulat Romanevich Khoklov, who learned to fly MiG combat jets in Afghanistan and now pilots Milosevic’s personal airplane. Among these thieves, schemers, and killers, Leggy must act quickly and decisively. Bombs are dropping in Yugoslavia. Y2K is just around the corner. And the only rule to live by is that the whole scheme stops before the year 2000.

But Leggy gets a surprise when the daughter he's never met arrives on his doorstep. A major fan of G-7, she is looking for a father—and her search forces Leggy to examine his life before making a madcap journey in search of a father of his own. It’s a detour that puts his G-7 Zeitgeist in some real jeopardy. For in Istanbul, Leggy’s former partners are getting restless, and the G-7 girls are beginning to die…Zeitgeist is a world-beat tale of smugglers, paparazzi, greed, war, and a new era of cultural crusades. Here Bruce Sterling proves once again that in the fiction of imagination, he is one of the most insightful writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Brilliant! The Washington Post
  • A gem. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Turn-of-the-millennium spectacular ... Y2K’s Catch 22! Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • The book’s preliminaries showcase Sterling’s erudition about back-page global politics, [but] they’re upstaged by his coolest trick: He can write about pop. City Pages (Minneapolis)

  • Also by Bruce Sterling:
  • Novels:
    The Artificial Kid
    The Difference Engine
    (with William Gibson)
    Distraction
    Heavy Weather
    Holy Fire
    Involution Ocean
    Islands In the Net
    Schismatrix

    Stories:
    Crystal Express
    Globalhead
    A Good Old-Fashioned Future

    Nonfiction:
    The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier

    Editor:
    Mirror Shades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/7/2013

    " "Really bizarre romp through the Third World with Leggy Starlitz and an all-girl rock group. Leggy does business with some very dangerous and strange folks. It's a futuristic pop thriller, a funky and fun read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 10/14/2013

    " Meta-fiction and lampooning pop culture is my bag, baby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 9/24/2013

    " Spice World for sci-fi nerds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 9/6/2013

    " Post-cyperpunk Sterling: A good story with an unfortunate tendency to wander. If you've never read Sterling, start someplace else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lennard | 5/10/2013

    " Strange, yet awesome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2013

    " Another one for the Sterling completist, but not one I'd recommend in general. It's a little to disconnected, and in the end I didn't care much about anything that had happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 12/23/2012

    " This book was all over the place, with characters that all sounded like they were making speeches and a plot that made no sense. It had some interesting social commentary. Perhaps it would have worked better as an essay than a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bria | 10/31/2012

    " I get all the self-aware "narrative" bullshit - it is called Zeitgeist, after all - and it's really quite clever, and I appreciate it, but god is it ever irritating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 8/5/2012

    " Weird. I thought it was one kind of book and it turned out to be another. I'm not sure I got it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoryl | 3/5/2012

    " Like most of Sterling's main characters, I hated this one at the beginning. But, also like most of Sterling's work, by the end I sympathized with the character enough to appreciate the changes he'd gone through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/27/2012

    " Fascinating ideas, excellent prose style, but no plot to speak of. More like a book of aphorisms than a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leighton | 10/29/2011

    " Not Sterling's best, but entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby | 8/14/2011

    " Zeitgeist is a little all over the place. Weird. A world where 1/1/2000 was a funhouse mirror held up to the world. It probably made more sense a decade ago, which puts the joke on me. Not unpleasant to read, but ultimately not that rewarding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby | 3/10/2011

    " Zeitgeist is a little all over the place. Weird. A world where 1/1/2000 was a funhouse mirror held up to the world. It probably made more sense a decade ago, which puts the joke on me. Not unpleasant to read, but ultimately not that rewarding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 2/9/2010

    " Weird. I thought it was one kind of book and it turned out to be another. I'm not sure I got it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 9/4/2009

    " This book was all over the place, with characters that all sounded like they were making speeches and a plot that made no sense. It had some interesting social commentary. Perhaps it would have worked better as an essay than a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/5/2009

    " "Really bizarre romp through the Third World with Leggy Starlitz and an all-girl rock group. Leggy does business with some very dangerous and strange folks. It's a futuristic pop thriller, a funky and fun read." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 8/20/2008

    " Post-cyperpunk Sterling: A good story with an unfortunate tendency to wander. If you've never read Sterling, start someplace else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2008

    " Another one for the Sterling completist, but not one I'd recommend in general. It's a little to disconnected, and in the end I didn't care much about anything that had happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoryl | 9/6/2007

    " Like most of Sterling's main characters, I hated this one at the beginning. But, also like most of Sterling's work, by the end I sympathized with the character enough to appreciate the changes he'd gone through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 6/12/2007

    " Meta-fiction and lampooning pop culture is my bag, baby. "

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About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.