JPod

  • by Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by Marc Cashman
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A lethal joyride into today's new breed of technogeeks, Coupland's novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. jPod is a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow-ops, Jeff Probst, and the ashes of the 1990s financial tech dream. jPod's universe is amoral and shameless. The characters are products of their era even as they're creating it. Everybody in Ethan's life inhabits a moral grey zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself, as readers will see. Full of word games, visual jokes, and sideways jabs, this audiobook throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. jPod is Douglas Coupland at the top of his game.

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What the Critics Say

"Coupland revisits the digital kingdom he so shrewdly depicted in Microserfs (1995) in a zeitgeist-trawling satire about 21st-century cyber obsession." (Booklist)

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Very Annoying Production

I am not a book reviewer, so I am not going to attempt to speak to JPod's overall tone, story, character development, etc.

What I do want to review is how annoying the production of this audio book is. The printed edition of JPod includes detailed lists of objects, random visual minutia and other hip typographic trickery. Actually, describing it is difficult because I have never seen the printed edition. All I know is that the aduio book features long, random sections where the narrator drones on and on and on with these various lists. One includes 900 (900!) 3 letter combinations which is read aloud for over 10 minutes. Others feature a detailed reading of nutritional contents off an energy bar wrapper, lists of random video game resource files off of a game developer's hard drive (exciting!) and sometimes, just random psuedo pop culture crap is red aloud in list format.

I am sure these elements work well in the printed format where the reader can scan the first couple of lines, get the point, then flip the page and delve back into the story. In an audio book, these random passages of gibberish take the listening experience hostage in the most boring and monotinous way. Whoever made the decision to produce this audio book in this fashion needs to be fired.
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- Greg

JDull

This book should not have been read out loud. I felt sorry for the narrator and dropped it after the first hour. There's about 25 minutes wasted reading a spreadsheet cell by cell!!! Later I came back and tried to continue... and lasted about 30 minutes before I had to stop. Wow, what a dull book.

Sorry Doug, try again.
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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio