Bleeding Edge

Written by:
Thomas Pynchon
Narrated by:
Jeannie Berlin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2013
18 hours 38 minutes
'Brilliantly written...a joy to read...Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best.' - Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

'Exemplary...dazzling and ludicrous.' - Jonathan Lethem, The New York Times Book Review

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. 

Maxine Tarnow runs a fine little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side. All is ticking over nice and normal, until she starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler’s aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, and an array of bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.

Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?

Hey. Who wants to know?
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I can’t handle this lady’s voice so I think I’m going to quit listening to it and I wasted a credit

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Art Pinsof

So much fun! Maybe Pynchon's most enjoyable novel, especially if you're 20-35, I think. The pop culture and tonal detail of 2000era NYC in the poetry and noir maze of Pynchon's expertise is something more delicious than you can imagine. The narration is excellent! Expect to get lost at parts, but remember the #1 rule to get through a Pynchon novel, "Keep going." You can always re-read/listen again, and find more connections, details, themes, and puns...

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Nicolas Valle

Lesser Pynchon. Not as much fun as Inherent Vice or a masterful as Gravitys Rainbow. Berlin is an amusing narrated but not great

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