Turn of the Century

  • by Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As big and exciting as the next century, this is a novel of real life at our giddy, feverish, topsy-turvy edge of the millennium. Turn of the Century is a good old-fashioned novel about the day after tomorrow - an uproarious, exquisitely observed panorama of our world as the twentieth century morphs into the twenty-first. George Mactier and Lizzie Zimbalist, ten years married, are caught up in the whirl of their accelerating lives. George is a TV producer launching a groundbreaking new show. Lizzie is a software entrepreneur running her own company. However, after Lizzie becomes an adviser to George's boss, billionaire media mogul Harold Mose, the couple discovers that no amount of sophisticated spin can obscure basic instincts: envy, greed, suspicion, sexual temptation - and, maybe, love. Like Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, Kurt Andersen's novel lays bare the follies of our age with laser-beam precision, creating memorable characters and dissecting the ways we think, speak, and navigate this new era of extreme capitalism and mind-boggling technology. Entertaining, imaginative, knowing, and wise, Turn of the Century is a richly plotted comedy of manners about the way we live now.

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What the Critics Say

"Kurt Andersen jacks you into the nerve center of the media society and pins your eyelids open until you go nearly blind with overload." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sly and scintillating." (Newsday)

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Not so hot

I should have listened to a sample before I bought this because I can't stand the campy music that plays in the background the whole time.
Plus, I prefer unabridged versions.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio