• Transmission

  • By: Hari Kunzru
  • Narrated by: Hari Kunzru
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-23-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (143 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer. Lonely and naive, Arjun Mehta spends his days as a lowly assistant virus tester and pining away for his free-spirited colleague Christine. Arjun gets laid-off like so many of his Silicon Valley peers. In an act of desperation to keep his job, he releases a mischievous but destructive virus around the globe that has major unintended consequences. As world order unravels, so does Arjun's sanity, in a rollicking cataclysm that reaches Bollywood and, not so coincidentally, the glamorous star of Arjun's favorite Indian movie. Award-winning novelist Hari Kunzru was hailed as a "modern-day Kipling," for his bestselling debut, The Impressionist. With this exuberant follow-up, Kunzru takes an ultracontemporary turn in a stylish, playful, and wicked exploration of life at the click of a mouse.
©2004 Hari Kunzru; (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS, is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Delectable...Mr. Kunzru writes with wry certitude and cinematic precision." (The New York Times)
"A sprawling, ambitious, shape-shifting novel...Kunzru proves himself a clever, sharply observant writer...much more than a brilliant satirist." (The Washington Post)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Don on 07-11-04

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Presents a realistic look at the hurdles faced by technical folks trying to immigrate to the US while at the same time telling a hilarious insider story of high-tech America. The related story of the marketing people affected by the virus lets us in on the buzzword filled conversations of marketing "wizards" in which nothing is ever said that makes sense. I recommend this book to anyone who likes computer or Internet related stories.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 12-30-04

A Great Read

I decided I should start adding my two cents worth since I've been snookered by some overly glowing reviews and also assisted by some great reviews. I'd add Transmission to the great list. It was thouroughly enjoyable, especially because I work in the technology sector and with Indian developers. The story line is engaging, entertaining, and at times educational. The author's reading was excellent. There were a few plot loose ends, but I still heartily recommend it. A modern fable of technology, outsourcing, and love.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Welsh Mafia on 06-28-08

Modern themes, modern media - yaah..

That Hitchcockian plotting exemplar has been best carried forward in recent times by the now obscure and seemingly defunct Gilles Mimouni. But, William Boyd aside, here's a fresh and interesting voice that creates a self-referential world within the pages of a fascinating read. Do those computer viruses exist? I'm sure I got caught with that....that block of flats on the Thames, that lovely, lovely, naughty, naughty actress....?? the conspiracy theory...that Scottish castle...?
Read by the author as a particular treat and with a new book in the shops currently, this new voice and style can only get better - a great first novel full of fun an intrigue with a wonderful and unique Indian/British twist.

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