Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively readable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, but the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other people whose paths intersect with theirs in the course of nearly fifty years, in settings as various as the San Francisco 1970s music scene; the demimonde of Naples; New York at many points, from the pre-internet 90s to a postwar future; and a catastrophic safari in the heart of Africa. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about time, about survival, about our private terrors and how we overcome them or don't, and what happens when we fail to rebound. Brilliant, sly, suspenseful, and always surprising--one of our boldest authors at the height of her powers.
A Visit from the Goon Squad / Jennifer Egan
“…Goon Squad doesn't seem like a natural candidate for audio, which likes forward momentum and conventional plotting, but I thought it was an excellent audiobook. The narrator, Roxana Ortega, was in complete command of her material. Each chapter in the book has a distinct feel, and Ortega captured this in her reading…The PowerPoint piece is handled brilliantly -- a sound effect of a slide carousel moving from slide to slide tells you when our narrator has shown a new slide. Ortega creates individual characters with subtlety -- often just a deeper voice for a male character, but they are consistent and distinctive without being exaggerated.”
~Reading with My Ears