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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:
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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)
    Heavy Weather
    Holy Fire
    Involution Ocean
    Islands In the Net

    Crystal Express
    A Good Old-Fashioned Future

    The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier

    Mirror Shades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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