A Thriller About Love and Other Addictions
Publication Date: June 2007
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Nat Idle, a San Francisco writer with a medical degree, narrowly survives an explosion in an Internet cafÃ© after a stranger hands him a note warning him to exit immediately. The handwriting on the note belongs to his deceased girlfriend, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist whom he has obsessively been mourning.
So begins HOOKED, a pop thriller for the Digital Age, narrated with the force and the pace of an intimate email dispatch you can't stop reading. Each chapter of this novel will keep listeners hooked as Nat Idle searches for the love of his life in the midst of manipulation and conspiracy.
Just as previous generations were influenced by movies, today we are becoming hooked on Internet technology, which is changing the way we read, think, and dream. HOOKED vividly illustrates how technology is turning us into a national of addicts. It will make you rethink your relationship with your computer and your mobile phone.
Matt Richtel has covered technology and telecommunications in the New York Time's San Francisco bureau since 2000. Under the pen name "Theron Heir," he writes the syndicated daily comic strip, Rudy Park, which is published in newspapers around the country. Dubbed by Newsweek as "a contender for comic strip of the decade," Rudy Park revolves around the lives and employees and regulars of an Internet café.
Moments before the cafe he is sitting in blows up, Nat Idle is told to get out by someone who resembles his dead ex-girlfriend, Annie. With his life intact, the journalist in him yearns to put the pieces together. In his pursuit, his answers only yield more questions; further, he discovers that his body and mind are quickly deteriorating. As comprehension dawns, he may be out of time. Jason Singer's soft, determined voice works well for this first-person narration. Though his voices for female and secondary characters aren't noteworthy, he captures Idle's character well. The abridgment, however, seems to have hollowed out the story, especially as its reaches its climax and denouement. L.E. ? AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 07]