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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,884 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Beukes Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781455848775
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Lauren Beukes's Arthur C Clarke Award-winning novel set in a world where murderers and other criminals acquire magical animals that are mystically bonded to them.

Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit, and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job—missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell's undertow. Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives—including her own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beukes’ energetic noir phantasmagoria, the winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award, crackles with original ideas.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Beukes delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the ‘urban fantasy’ subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “At times the witty and lyrical prose is sheer magic, the story captivating, and the characters exotic, cruel, and beautiful while the backdrop of Johannesburg seethes with hidden, lurking dangers around every corner, Zoo City is quite simply captivating.”

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books

  • “In Zoo City we have an unfamiliar land full of familiars, a broken Johannesburg of the near future peopled with damaged wonders. Proving her debut novel was no fluke, she writes better than I wish I could on my best day. If our words are bullets, Lauren Beukes is a marksman in a world of drunken machine-gunners, firing her ideas and images into us with a sly and deadly accuracy, wasting nothing, never missing. I’ll follow her career as long as she’s willing to write and I’m able to read.”

    Bill Willingham, creator of Fables

  • Winner of the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel
  • A 2011 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 2/17/2014

    " This was a really fun read. It's a great mix of high-brow, low-brow, futuristic, and self-referential types of humor. It's a well-balanced, fast-paced thrill ride through a dystopian near-future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ella | 2/9/2014

    " The best book I've read so far this year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Cummings | 2/7/2014

    " Not bad, just not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zac Wood | 1/23/2014

    " Again, I enjoyed this but the language and diction were a bit off-putting. I agree that the author was not as good as Lev Grossman, who won the award. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 1/7/2014

    " When I picked up this book I was actually looking for SF, but Beukes' urban fantasy was a good alternative. A gritty tale of fantasy with social conscience written in a very abled and entertaining manner of a good story teller. Perhaps could have been more gritty, but an excellent read nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Ison | 12/11/2013

    " It's hard for me to rate books with stars - often I don't do it. Five stars for enjoyment and readability, minus one star for a loss of plot coherence (or at least plot sense) at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paolo Brizzolari | 10/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, although not as much as Moxyland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 7/30/2013

    " A really exciting and well done. If I was going to pitch this I'd say it's Phillip Pullman meets Rolling Stone meets District 9. A well-crafted, multi-tiered mystery. Highly suggest! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooks | 7/2/2013

    " An Ok book. Single interesting concept behind the story but in the end that wasn't enough to maintain interest. Not my idea of science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 6/21/2013

    " It is very interesting. Seems to go too fast at a certain point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Wilson | 3/30/2013

    " Good stuff. Weird, but good. I'd like to read more about this alternate reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Thicke | 3/19/2013

    " Really good premise and characters, but the mystery never really grabbed me and the plot has some serious holes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya Frank-Levine | 1/13/2013

    " Holy crap, this book was amazing. I'm a sucker for a noir with a female lead, but this one also has a driving plot, relentless action, great writing, and a world that, surface similarity to Phillip Pullman aside, is uniquely its own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 11/13/2011

    " Great characters, great setting, just an astonishing work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/31/2011

    " 4.5 stars. An excellent book, with memorable characters and fantastic world building. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zac | 9/10/2011

    " Again, I enjoyed this but the language and diction were a bit off-putting. I agree that the author was not as good as Lev Grossman, who won the award. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Espana | 9/8/2011

    " Started off promising but eventually suffered from some Urban Fantasy-ism, which to be fair isn't my favorite genre. I liked the writing fine, but found the plot and its resolution unsatisfying and overly complicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sumayyah | 9/6/2011

    " Great concept, not so great follow through. Needs a better editor and less run-on sentences. "

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About the Author
Author Lauren BeukesLauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screeplays. She's the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa's biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and two AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.