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Turn of the Century

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Journalist Andersen, the cofounder of Spy magazine, has written a gargantuan first novel set one year in the future. Turn of the Century tells the story of married supercouple George Mactier and Lizzie Zimbalist, both firmly ensconced in the media-crazed world of modern-day New York. George is a television producer and former "serious" journalist, while Lizzie runs a software company engaged in takeover negotiations with Microsoft. Their careers and personal lives change when Lizzie becomes an adviser to George's boss, media tycoon Harold Mose. Although Lizzie is slightly more likable than George, neither character is endearing, and the plot is not interesting enough to carry any but the most determined reader through the book. Reader John Rubinstein, a veteran of television and musical theater, has a pleasant, slightly reedy voice reminiscent of George and Lizzie's New York. He is particularly good with accents and convincingly voices not only the main characters but minor ones as well. Andersen apparently prides himself on his ability to insert into each chapter literally hundreds of cultural references on everything from Al Gore to digital television to online shopping. But Rubinstein's excellent reading and the recording's seamless abridgment are not enough to keep these nonstop references and the periodic technopop music from wearing thin. Not recommended.--Leah Sparks, Bowie P.L., MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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