Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour audiobook

Black Buck

By Mateo Askaripour
Read by Zeno Robinson

HarperAudio, HarperAudio, HarperAudio 9780358380887

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780358448976

  • ISBN: 9781664783539

  • ISBN: 9781664783522

  • ISBN: 9781665087315

Runtime: 11.22 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

#1 Amazon bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A #1 Marie Claire Magazine Pick of 2021's Must-Read

Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Month

A Today Show Pick of Read with Jenna Book Club

A Washington Post Top 10 Book for January

A Fortune Magazine Pick of January's Top Ten Books

A Vanity Fair Magazine Pick to Get You through the Winter

An Essence Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of January

A Cosmopolitan Pick for 2021

A Shondaland Pick of Best Books of the Month

A BookRiot Pick of Recommended Reads

A Pop Sugar Pick of Most Talked About Books of 2021

A New York Times Bestseller 
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!


“Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.”
—Colson Whitehead, author of The Nickel Boys

“A hilarious, gleaming satire as radiant as its author. Askaripour has announced himself as a major talent of the school of Ralph Ellison, Paul Beatty, Fran Ross, and Ishmael Reed. Full of quick pacing, frenetic energy, absurd—yet spot on—twists and turns, and some of the funniest similes I’ve ever read, this novel is both balm and bomb.”
—Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People

For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.


There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission.

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A combination of character study, searing indictment of all the problematics of white corporate culture, and some good old-fashioned enjoyable sarcasm.” Entertainment Weekly
“An irresistible comic novel about the tenacity of racism in corporate America.” Washington Post
“He may have written the first satire that doubles as self-help.” Los Angeles Times
“Darkly comic.” NPR
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club PickAn Indie Next Pick Apple’s Best of January Amazon’s Spotlight Best Pick of the Month One of Barnes & Noble Reads “Most Anticipated for January” One of Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Books to Keep You Warm this January” One of Washington Post’s “10 Books to Read in January” One of NBC News' "10 of the Best Fiction Books by Black Authors in 2021" One of Fortune’s “Best Books for January” One of Shondaland's "Best Five Books for January" One of Essence's "21 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2021" One of WIRED's "Picks for the 10 Books You Have to Read This Winter" One of O, the Oprah Magazine's "33 of the Best Beach Reads to Help You Escape" One of Vulture's "46 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2021" One of Elle's "55 Best Books to Read in 2021" One of Marie Claire’s “29 Best New 2021 Books” One of Vanity Fair’s “Books to Get You Through Winter” One of E! Online's "17 Books to Add to Your Reading List in January" One of The Root's "PageTurners: We're in for a Hell of  Year" One of AV Club's "5 New Books to Read in January" One of Marie Claire's "35 Must-Read 2021 Book Releases by Black Authors"One of Cosmopolitan’s “Best New Books 2021” One of the New York Post's "Best New Books to Read" One of PopSugar’s “Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021” One of Literary Hub's "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" One of Parade's "Best New Books to Read this Winter" One of Thrillist's "30 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2021" One of Reader's Digest's "25 Best Books by Black Authors You'll Want to Know About" One of PopSugar's "Best Books of January" One of Book Riot's "10 Propulsive 2021 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About" One of Poets & Writer’s “New and Noteworthy” One of SheReads’ “The Best 12 Books of Winter” One of Alma’s “Favorite Books for Winter 2021” One of Book Riot’s “January Book Recommendations” One of Black Business Guide's "21 Books by Black Writers to Read in 2021" One of Debutiful’s “10 Debut Books You Should Read this January” One of Write or Die Tribe's "21 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2021" One of Sunday Evening Post's "10 Books to Start 2021" One of The Nerd Daily's "Anticipated Debut Novels You Should Have on Your Radar in 2021" One of Grit Daily's "Best Books of 2021" One of Entertainment Weekly's "14 Books to Read During Black History Month" Included on The Rumpus' "What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Black History" A Skimm Reads Pick "An irresistible comic novel about the tenacity of racism in corporate America . . . [Black Buck] is alternately sly and sweet, a work of cultural criticism that laments and celebrates the power of money."—Ron Charles, Washington Post “Darkly comic . . . The message at the heart of this novel [is] very American, that the power is in the pitch . . . Black Buck is not unlike The Great Gatsby, in its own way.”—NPR, Weekend Edition “This winning novel — or is it a self-help book? — opens with a striking proposition: ‘MLK, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Frederick Douglass were all salesmen’ . . .  Teetering between biting satire and complete earnestness (interspersed throughout are callouts with real sales advice), Askaripour’s novel charts the unlikely metamorphosis of Darren Vender . . . [whose] quick wit provides cathartic delight.” —New York Times Book Review "Mateo Askaripour’s voice is so fresh. The writing is so intimate. At moments, it's satirical and funny and then at moments, it's heartbreaking . . . The details are so intimate, spot on and beautiful. I found myself underlining constantly."— Jenna Bush Hager,Today Show “A combination of character study, searing indictment of all the problematics of white corporate culture, and some good old-fashioned enjoyable sarcasm.”—Entertainment Weekly, “The best books to keep you warm this January” "A must-read . . . Buck’s journey is one you should invest in for 2021 without question."—BET, "Is Mateo Askaripour's Debut Novel the Blackest Book of 2021?" “Mateo Askaripour begins his debut, which follows Brooklyn-dwelling Darren as he’s plucked from his Starbucks manager job by a start-up CEO and crashed into a sales job as the only Black member of the company, with an author’s note that the book might be used as a reference by aspiring Black salesmen. It’s a satirical construct that informs this razor-sharp send-up of ladder-climbing office culture, and all the systemic and individual racism it perpetuates. Preorder for your 2021 reading list.”—Vanity Fair, “The Books and Totes That Will Get You Through This Winter” “Askaripour wields a sharp satirical blade to deliver social commentary . . . He may have written the first satire that doubles as self-help.”—Los Angeles Times "A biting and brilliant novel, Black Buck is masterclass in self-reflection and meaningful satire."—Shondaland, "The Best Five Books for January" "Proceeds at breakneck speed . . . Black Buck weaves in commentary about gentrification, class, race, and the American dream in between its punchy jokes."—O, the Oprah Magazine, "33 of the Best Beach Reads to Help You Escape" "Rhapsodic and incisive, Black Buck is a journey into a post-racial dystopia born of tech-fueled greed and racial ignorance. In other words: It’s a doozy."—WIRED, "Picks f
“Zeno Robinson’s narration is outstanding—he sounds likable and real, with the warm voice of a friend and the brisk pacing of an effective leader…An excellent performance of an appealing audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A biting, witty, and absurdist novel that sheds light on racism, start-up culture, corporate morality, media bias, gentrification, and many other timely, important themes.” Booklist (starred review)
“Askaripour eviscerates corporate culture in his funny, touching debut…a potent blend of heart and dramatic irony.” Publishers Weekly (starred & boxed review)
“Satirically lays out the wretched excesses of turn-of-the-twenty-first-century capitalism as it both enriches and disfigures a bright young Black man’s coming-of-age…with punchy, go-for-broke mother-wit.” Kirkus Reviews
“A hilarious, gleaming satire as radiant as its author…Some of the funniest similes I’ve ever read, this novel is both balm and bomb.” Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People
“A witty yet thrilling examination of the complexities of race in corporate America…Askaripour embeds tokens of wisdom in his well-crafted plot and delivers direct messages of advice and encouragement.” BookPage (starred review)
“Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.” Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Mateo Askaripour

Author Bio: Mateo Askaripour

Mateo Askaripour is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Black Buck. He was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @AskMateo.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English