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  • Written by: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Inherent Vice

Written by: Thomas Pynchon
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
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Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon - Private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era.

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the '60s, you weren't there.

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It's the tail end of the psychedelic '60s in LA, and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.

©2009 Thomas Pynchon (P)2009 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"What he does, and brilliantly, is open windows onto a universe where we're all in custody, but we're none of us sure who put on the cuffs...entertainment of a high order.” (TIME)

"An enjoyable book by a writer whose work can be daunting.” (John Powers, Fresh Air on NPR)

“With whip-smart, psychedelic-bright language, Pynchon manages to convey the Sixties - except the Sixties were never really like this. This is Pynchon's world, and it's brilliant. The resolution is as crisp as Doc is laid-back. Highly recommended.” (The Library Journal)

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a lot of fun

A full-on immersion into California's hippie/surfer scene in the sixties. Weird, funny, borderline ridiculous at points, it was a wonderfully written, engaging story full of great characters and an incredibly vivid setting. It was my first foray into Pynchon and, though I'm not sure if it's representative of his work or not, it seemed like a good place to start.

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