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Inherent Vice

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Pynchon

Narrated By: Ron McLarty

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: August 2009

Duration: 14 hours 32 minutes


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.


  • Nicolas V

    Forget the lackluster movie. Talk about missing the point. Why make a film from a Pynchon book if you jettison all the humor? I love this book. It's film noir on acid. Wildly funny and visually outrageous. One of Pynchon's more accessible outings. I've listened to it several times and have never been bored or disappointed. The narration is spot on. One of the best.

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