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The Visible Man: A Novel | [Chuck Klosterman]

The Visible Man: A Novel

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient....
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Austin, Texas. Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of Chuck Klosterman’s favorite themes: the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy. Is this comedy, criticism, or horror? Not even Y__ seems to know for sure.

©2011 Chuck Klosterman (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Troy Boulder, CO, United States 12-20-12
    Troy Boulder, CO, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book has interesting ideas, but the end was a dud for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Snuff by Terry Prachet


    What does Annabella Sciorra and Scott Shepherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the two different voices for this book, as it was definitely a two sided story.


    Did The Visible Man inspire you to do anything?

    It made me think about different points of view.


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    The main idea was interesting, but the application of that idea was not as fulfilling as it could have been, and the ending fell flat for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Welter 12-12-11
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    "My god what a boring, pompous waste of time."
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    I listened through to the very end. This book goes nowhere with a very interesting premise.Don't waste you time on this one.

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    Jeff Columbus 09-04-12
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    "Character's personality did me in"

    I'm sure it is a good story, but I couldn't get past what seemed anti-social traits of the main character to finish the story. Just not to my liking.

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    Carol 11-22-11
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    "Don't listen to this while driving!"

    This was the only book we have purchased that we both didn't enjoy. We like a great plot when driving & this was just a boring diary!

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    Jamie Urbana, IL, United States 05-14-12
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    What did you love best about The Visible Man?

    The story, the performance of the readers, and the ability of Klosterman to reach out to a new medium for him, but still retain his sensibility.


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