Antkind: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Narrated By: Fred Berman

Date: August 2020

Duration: 25 hours 42 minutes

Summary:

The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • “A dyspeptic satire that owes much to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon . . . propelled by Kaufman’s deep imagination, considerable writing ability and bull’s-eye wit.'—The Washington Post

“An astonishing creation . . . riotously funny . . . an exceptionally good [book].”—The New York Times Book Review

“Kaufman is a master of language . . . a sight to behold.”—NPR

B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an enigmatic outsider—a film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made—a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete—B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

All that’s left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of “likes” and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d’être.

A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself—the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

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  • Molly G.

    Well, it's definitely a different kind of read. Strange, funny at times, somewhat hard to follow as B is a confusing, mind mixed, crazy, neurotic, over obsessed, unusual person. I couldn't imagine having a thought process like his. The book is a dictionary in itself, with words I had to look up for definition, old, out dated words no longer in current dictionary. I recommend taking a couple of days, or more to read this book. Its a change from other books. Narrative is great, give it a go!

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