Inherent Vice (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.3 • 26 Ratings
    • $19.99

    • $19.99

Publisher Description

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 sixties, 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 sixties in L.A., 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.

Ron McLarty
hr min
August 4
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

bob crane ,

love the book, the audiobook not so much

i've often listened to an audiobook on my commute that i'm reading in the evening. it helps to reinforce narratives and characters for me, at least when the audiobook is well done. it worked quite well for me with Against The Day, but not with Inherent Vice.

i was disappointed with Ron McLarty's reading. at times it seemed the cadence was off and jokes & references which were apparent when reading often seemed overlooked or stumbled over in McLarty's reading. i overall enjoy audiobooks, but in this case i'd recommend reading the book (it's under 400 pages).

as for the book, i found it a fine, very funny, enjoyable (albeit expectedly a little depressing at times) read. this isn't the herculean task some Pychon novels appear to be. with patience, humor and maybe a little research (if it so inspires you,) you'll find it to be a thoroughly enjoyable, insightful look at the mucking up of hope springs not so eternal.

actually i think all of Pychnon's novels are enjoyable reads with a little patience, humor and research ...and maybe just a little bit of trust.

GHelms ,

A masterpiece.

My favorite audiobook. I have listened to it twice and am starting a third round.

Bjorn_SF ,

Loved It!

Still trying to get through (reading) Gravity's Rainbow, this was such an easy listen. I highly recommend this book to any Pynchon fans, and anyone else who grew up in Southern California in the 70's. The narrator is excellent, and really helps bring these characters to life. Sam Spade with a joint, long hair and a slight motivational problem.

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