Bleeding Edge

  • von Thomas Pynchon
  • Sprecher: Jeannie Berlin
  • 18 Std. 38 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the Internet. 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. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left.
Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. 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, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.
With occasional excursions into the Deep Web and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since.
Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? 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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A sub-standard recording of a fascinating novel

Was genau hätte man an Bleeding Edge noch verbessern können?

The reader is not good enough for a professional recording. She does not follow the sentence structure and seems not capable of keeping two voices in a dialogue apart. She tries, but always end up mixing the persons voices up, making the story very hard to follow. This recording should be withdrawn and re-recorded.

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Jeannie Berlin versuchen?


Lesen Sie weiter...

- Alois Treindl

A disappointment

As someone who was perplexed and fascinated by Pynchons earlier and more ambitious works i was curious to see what he could do to with a more recent environment like ca 9/11 silicon alley with all its potential for historical perspective, crazy conspiracies, and timely commentary.
In the end what pynchon delivers is a silly little story that goes nowhere and displays the kind of poor understanding of technology, business and politics you would expect from an aging stoner for whom the sixties never ended. Especially the language he puts into his character's mouth's feels almost cringeworthily anachronistic considering the subject.
This narrator doesn't help things when she channels a middle aged jewish lady reciting words that were clearly written for Johnny Depp's famous hunter s thompson impersonation.
The result is test of patience at many times while of course flashes of brilliance shine through here and there given the immense experience and talent of the author.
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Michael Stiller

Weitere Infos zum Hörbuch

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 17.09.2013
  • Verlag: Penguin Audio