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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1633790142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633790148
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Reading Ben Lerner gives me the tingle at the base of my spine that happens whenever I encounter a writer of true originality. He is a courageous, immensely intelligent artist who panders to no one and yet is a delight to read. Anyone interested in serious contemporary literature should read Ben Lerner, and 10:04 is the perfect place to start. He is destined to have a major career.”
—Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Marriage Plot
“Ben Lerner is a brilliant novelist, and one unafraid to make of the novel something truly new. 10:04 is a work of endless wit, pleasure, relevance, and vitality.”
—Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers

Praise for Leaving the Atocha Station:

"[A] subtle, sinuous, and very funny first novel.... A beguiling mixture of lightness and weight. There are wonderful sentences and jokes on almost every page. Lerner is attempting to capture something that most conventional novels, with their cumbersome caravans of plot and scene and 'conflict,' fail to do: the drift of thought, the unmomentous passage of undramatic life...."
—James Wood, The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ben Lerner is a poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. He has been a Fulbright scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation fellow, and a Guggenheim fellow. In 2011 he won the Preis der Stadt Müenster für Internationale Poesie, the first American to receive this honor. He is the author of a novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, and the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.

Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks, as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. He is an Audie award finalist (for Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End) and shares an AudioFile Earphones Award (for William Gibson's Burning Chrome). In addition, Eric co-hosts the popular boardgame podcast The Dice Tower.

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Customer Reviews

Just a bit too strange and very little plot.
Donald G. Buttermore
Was able to take full effect of the kindle/iPad app with this read.
10:04 is one of the best books I've ever read.
Gene Linetsky

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
Ben Lerner's first novel, "Leaving the Atocha Station" was one of the most powerful reading experiences I've ever had, largely for purely personal reasons; I started reading that book (set mostly in Madrid and Barcelona) literally a day after I myself had concluded a visit to Spain, and seeing almost all of the places I had just visited serve as the background for that books gorgeous, misanthropic, elegantly sad narration was an extremely potent experience; like having a much more cynical, much more intelligent older sibling whispering a dark interpretation into my ear of some of what I had just experienced on my own. Lerner himself spent time in Spain on a poetry fellowship; the source of much of the novel's inspiration.

His new novel, 10:04 has an even stronger biographical focus than his first one. We follow the narrator, an up and coming writer and poet living in New York, as he wanders around the city in the space between hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the large, faux-meteorolgical apocalypses that shook New York in the last 3-4 years yet failed to produce the great post-9/11 disaster that was predicted. Between those storms (whose sense of tension and communal worry/excitement Lerner evokes with a cool, contemplative hysteria), we see a young intellectual in full post-millenial flower. He, worries about how to write his second book, tries to conceive a child (first artificially and then in the old fashioned way) with his female best friend, deals with an ambiguously fatal heart condition, simultaneously appreciates and loathes NYC's co-op/ethic food culture, goes to parties at artist colonies, lets an occupy wall street protester use his shower... the sort of experiences that one could imagine almost anyone living in a large city in the last half decade might have.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘10:04’ written by Ben Lerner is certainly not a book you'll fly through on your way to work or read it casually during lunchtime. It is a book that requires your full attention and regardless of just 250 pages reader will certainly need to reserve some time to read it.

Yet do not let above words frighten you because Lerner’s work definitely deserves your attention because he is a young author who was able in a short time to impose to public with a distinctive style, I’m almost certain, not with the aim to succeed in the mass market.

It is interesting that his origins are linked to poetry because ten years ago due to his collection of sonnets he became part of respectable company of that year’s best twelve books of poetry and one of the 25 important books of poetry of the 00s (2000-2009).

After several poetry collection his first novel ‘Leaving the Atocha Station’ received a lot of praise from many parties, mainly those intended to intellectual audience, therefore it was not surprise Lerner with his book received or entered into finals for many literary awards.

As some critic rightfully said, it’s almost impossible to put ‘10:04’ into some genre – simply, this is a mind-blowing book as Lerner himself said, in which author’s desire to play with words, writing endless sentences and twisting them into all possible ways would seem as too demanding for some.

But don’t give up easily because Lerner will surprise you many times with things you will not be able to resist laughing aloud and when you will come to its end (some will say finally) you’ll be happy that you did not gave up because it is a book definitely not to be forgotten soon what these days often happens with titles that besides good marketing can offer little or nothing to the audience.

Therefore, my recommendation goes to Lerner’s new novel. And be persistent.
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In film, the notion of the time doubling on itself is introduced in "Back to the Future". At 10:04, the time traveling car returned to its driver's past, and the remaining film and its sequels concerned the ramifications of changing the past and destroying the present. This book proposes an interesting play on this idea: how do the changing permutations of memory alter our view of the past and of our reality today?

This premise is toyed with delightfully in this novel. At times the whole time continuum is as frothy as the foam on coffee. Other times the author struggles mightily with the notion of a twilight anesthesia not preventing pain but its memory. He has found that he has a potentially fatal atrial defect of unknown cause, and he sometimes struggles with the threat in the idle, trifling ways we all find to survive a day. Will a store be different if his book is never published? Will he not be a father to a child whose absence will resonate? How different would his friends be? The concerns skate under the surface, profound but somehow not vital.

In any stream of consciousness, the author is faced with the sheer weight of the myriad thoughts given to each day. In fact the main character has written a story in which the interior weighing of time is found to complicate his story to its detriment. Lerner has met this task with witty and literate aplomb, even avoiding working the "Back to the Future" past the point it can easily bear.I am delighted by the deceptive lightness of tone that brings the reader into that circle of time which memory weaves. This book is a lovely work that I am delighted to recommend.
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