Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh audiobook

Shovel Ready: A Novel

By Adam Sternbergh
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Random House Audio
6.85 Hours Unabridged
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The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire. Spademan used to be a garbage man.  That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self. Now he’s a hitman. In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets.  When his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, he must navigate between these two worldsthe wasteland reality and the slick fantasyto finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.

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Summary

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The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire. Spademan used to be a garbage man.  That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self. Now he’s a hitman. In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets.  When his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, he must navigate between these two worldsthe wasteland reality and the slick fantasyto finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The best kind of hard boiled noir. GQ
Sternbergh comes busting out of the gate with this gritty noir. Flavorwire
Thrilling. . . . Like Raymond Chandler on a sleepless cyberpunk jag. . . . Sternbergh adroitly delivers shadowy adventure tropes within a surprisingly breezy read. Time Out New York
Memorably entertaining and garishly funny, Sternbergh’s debut novel is a winner. Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Darkly funny. New York
Reads like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road set in New York. . . . [An] agreeably macho dystopia. Newsweek
Sternbergh’s prose is lean and sparse. . . . Shovel Ready is exciting. It starts fast and the author keeps his foot on the gas. The thrills feel earned. The Globe and Mail
Gripping. . . . A sharp, thought-provoking thriller. . . . The strongest impact of the book is the constant feeling it gives that the ghosts of 9/11 still haunt New York. National Post
Stunning. . . . Mixing dystopian science fiction and urban noir with a Palahniuk swagger, this could well be the first novel everybody is talking about. Booklist (starred review)
Shovel Ready is an elegant, lean and clever noir. It’s the best sci-fi thriller I’ve read since Snow Crash. Roger Hobbs, author of Ghostman
A terrific debut. It has the grimy neon feel of Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan combined with a touch of Philip K. Dick’s gonzo cyberpunk. Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible
Compulsive!  Savage future noir that crackles with deadpan wit. Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker
Shovel Ready tosses you off a precipice and you don’t know where you're going to land. Dark and often funny, with sparse, sharp language. Think Charlie Huston’s dystopian New York meets Richard Stark’s anti-hero— this is good, bitter fun. Toby Barlow, author of Sharp Teeth and Babayaga
With prose chiseled to hardboiled perfection and a tale that throbs with the keen ache of noir, Adam Sternbergh’s Shovel Ready reads like William Gibson as directed with inky brilliance by Christopher Nolan. Debut novels as sleek, resonant and accomplished as this are a rare gift. Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
“Spademan is an unlikely yet tragic hero, and it takes a talented author to make a reader root for such a damaged and ruthless man. Lean prose is punctuated by moments of shocking violence that only serve to underscore the novel’s underlying humanity. . . . This is a gripping genre mash-up and a stunning debut. Library Journal (starred review)
Hardboiled as f*** with writing as fierce and sharp as a paper-cut. Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
A lean thriller. . . . Sternbergh knows his way around the style, matching the staccato rhythms of violence to those of language. . . . [If] you want to know if it’s as awesome as it sounds. It is. Chicago Tribune
A searing debut. . . . Stark dialogue and high-volume grit, which Sternbergh enhances with sci-fi and dark humor. . . . [This] shady antihero may have a long life ahead. USA Today
[Sternbergh] skillfully blends elements of noir, sci-fi, and speculative fiction, and keeps the action and the dialogue energetic. The New Yorker
“Hard-boiled as f*** with writing as fierce and sharp as a paper-cut.” Lauren Beukes, New York Times bestselling author of Fairest, Volume 2
A Newsweek Best Books for 2014  Salon.com Top Critics’ Best of 2014 selectionA 2015 Edgar Award Nominee
[A] sardonic thriller that serves up lots of barbs. . . . Uniquely engaging. . . . A great read, and its world still manages to hold you in its dirty clutches until the violent, fascinating conclusion. io9.com
Bogart-cool. . . . Razor-sharp. . . . The page-turning mood of Shovel Ready is addictive, by turns death-metal brutal and darkly hilarious. Entertainment Weekly
Boy, does this plot drive. It’s one of those books so gripping you read the whole thing in a single go. . . . Swift, [with] expertly timed twists and shocks, very hard to put down. The Guardian (UK)
Energetic. . . . An enjoyable read. The Boston Globe
The best of two dark, amoral, existentially empty worlds! Time
A fast-paced thriller. . . . Darkly humorous, darkly cynical and darkly violent. Yeah, pretty dark. But the spare prose and no-nonsense voice of the troubled hitman narrator is so riveting and sympathetic that it is really difficult to put this book down. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Orange County Register
Shovel Ready is an elegant, lean, and clever noir. It’s the best sci-fi thriller I’ve read since Snow Crash.” Roger Hobbs, New York Times bestselling author of Ghostman
“[A] stunning narrative…Mixing dystopian science fiction and urban noir with a Palahniuk swagger, this could well be the first novel everybody is talking about over the next few months.” Booklist (starred review)
“Telegraphic in style, this book is tough [and] sordid.” Kirkus Reviews
“With prose chiseled to hard-boiled perfection and a tale that throbs with the keen ache of noir, Adam Sternbergh’s Shovel Ready reads like William Gibson as directed with inky brilliance by Christopher Nolan. Debut novels as sleek, resonant, and accomplished as this are a rare gift.”  Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
Shovel Ready tosses you off a precipice and you don’t know where you’re going to land. Dark and often funny, with sparse, sharp language. Think Charlie Huston’s dystopian New York meets Richard Stark’s antihero—this is good, bitter fun.”  Toby Barlow, author of Sharp Teeth and Babayaga
“Compulsive! Savage future noir that crackles with deadpan wit.” Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker
“A terrific debut. It has the grimy neon feel of Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan combined with a touch of Philip K. Dick’s gonzo cyberpunk.” Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible

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Author Bio: Adam Sternbergh

Author Bio: Adam Sternbergh

Adam Sternbergh is the culture editor of the New York Times Magazine. Formerly an editor-at-large for New York, his writing has been featured in several other publications including GQ, the Times of London, and on the radio program This American Life.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English