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2666

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2009

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.

©2004 the heirs of Roberto Bolaño; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

This winner of the 2008 National Book Critics' Circle Award for Fiction is the master work from "one of the greatest and most influential modern writers" (James Wood, New York Times Book Review)

"...think of David Lynch, Marcel Duchamp (both explicitly invoked here) and the Bob Dylan of Highway 61 Revisited, all at the peak of their lucid yet hallucinatory powers." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

"It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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    Nan W. 08-04-11
    Nan W. 08-04-11
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    "Gratuitous violence outweighs any merit"

    I had been excited about listening to 2666 since it had received much acclaim, some of it from literary reviewers I respect. My problem with this audiobook was not with the readers, all of whom in the four parts I listened to were capable; rather it was with the novel itself. The violence is pervasive and graphic, and yes, gratuitous. Although I made it through over half of 2666, I deleted this audiobook from my mp3 player tonight.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stan United States 01-15-11
    Stan United States 01-15-11

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    "droll"

    utterly droll, I didn't care about the characters or the story. Part One put me off the rest and I just dumped it from my Itunes.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Palmdale, CA, United States 10-01-09
    Michael Palmdale, CA, United States 10-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "2666 (Unabridged)"

    I'm sorry, but I found this book very boring. I couldn't get through it even 25% of it before I gave up.

    I would not recommend it.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Papillion, NE, USA 03-05-10
    Deborah Papillion, NE, USA 03-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Many better things to spend credits on"

    I am used to 20+ hour books but this is even worse than Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Pure agony forcing myself to finish it. I hate to waste money but this one is made to be deleted! Achem Baldi is now a cuss word.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bob 08-06-09
    Bob 08-06-09
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    "Don't bother."

    Tedious.

    8 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 02-24-10
    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 02-24-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Either really good or really bad"

    Honestly, I'm not really sure how to rate this book. The individual stories were good, I related to many characters, however some portions were incredibly graphic about the sexual act. The overall book: awful. I kept waiting for it to "come together" but it never did. If you want essentially 5 books for the price of one, try this book. If you want a cohesive story, stay away.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darby Gilman, IL, United States 10-20-09
    Darby Gilman, IL, United States 10-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Irritating"

    1st book in 12 months I just could not finish. Finally gave up and quit listening after about 8 hours of pure agony.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia la grange, TX, USA 09-01-09
    Patricia la grange, TX, USA 09-01-09
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    "boring"

    Forced myself to listen to the first 2 cds and finally hollered, "WHO CARES???" at the cd player.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 12-28-12
    Mark United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Beer drinking game anyone?"
    What disappointed you about 2666?

    After reading dozens of rave reviews I was very excited to give it a listen. After two hours I was wondering if I was some kinda of literary idiot. I simply could not get into or follow the story. A writer, writing about writers writing.....somebody shoot me!

    Benno von Archimboldi....Archimboldi.....Archimboldi.....Archimboldi.....Archimboldi The author must have "said" (ur uh written) that name 100 times in the first hour of the book. I could have made a beer drinking game out of it. I would have been hospitalized from alcohol poisoning. Archimboldi DRINK Archimboldi DRINK scary!

    For those of you that loved this book......I salute you. Consider using up a credit? You have been warned.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts (I read part of it and lost the book on vacation, looking forward to listening to it)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I really enjoy John Lee (Seeing him as the narrator was what made me give this book a look)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and introspection.....How could so many people love a book that simply did not resonate with me. It not like this guy is Mark Twain or Shakespeare....oh well


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon 08-14-11
    Gordon 08-14-11
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    "Terrible Book I Could Not Get Into It!"

    Usually I know if I will like a book within the first hour.
    I listened for over 2 hours and I still couldnt understand what the book was about.
    I feel stupid and I am disgusted that I cannot enjoy this huge book.
    I was really looking forward to this. Bummer.
    I guess I will just listen over and over and over so that I can get my thick mind to wrap around the story?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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