Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour audiobook

Black Buck

By Mateo Askaripour
Read by Zeno Robinson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HMH Audio 9780358380887
11.22 Hours 1
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A crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems. There’s nothing like a black salesman on a mission. An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor. After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he has hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game. Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive debut that explores ambition and race and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

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Summary

Summary

#1 Amazon bestseller

Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Month

A Washington Post Top 10 Book for January

An Essence Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of January

A Fortune Magazine Pick of January's Top Ten Books

A Today Show Pick of Read with Jenna Book Club

A Vanity Fair Magazine Pick to Get You through the Winter

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A Cosmopolitan Pick for 2021

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A crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.

There’s nothing like a black salesman on a mission.

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he has hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive debut that explores ambition and race and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A witty yet thrilling examination of the complexities of race in corporate America…Askaripour embeds tokens of wisdom in his well-crafted plot and delivers direct messages of advice and encouragement to readers. There is great risk in such ambition, but Askaripour is a fine writer and superbly executes his vision.” BookPage (starred review)
“A biting, witty, and absurdist novel that sheds light on racism, start-up culture, corporate morality, media bias, gentrification, and many other timely, important themes.” Booklist (starred review)
“A hilarious, gleaming satire as radiant as its author…Some of the funniest similes I’ve ever read, this novel is both balm and bomb.” Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People
“Satirically lays out the wretched excesses of turn-of-the-twenty-first-century capitalism as it both enriches and disfigures a bright young Black man’s coming-of-age…with punchy, go-for-broke mother-wit.” Kirkus Reviews
“Askaripour eviscerates corporate culture in his funny, touching debut…[Darren] struggles to hold onto a sense of self, which the author conveys with a potent blend of heart and dramatic irony.” Publishers Weekly (starred & boxed review)
“Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.” Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Mateo Askaripour

Author Bio: Mateo Askaripour

Mateo Askaripour is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Black Buck. He was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @AskMateo.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English