As one can see from the numerous reviews preceding mine, this book is clearly a page-turner (even when there are no pages involved). This review offers praise for Saul Reichlin, who in my opinion should be narrating just about every book out there. His amazing reading catches the moods and voices of the various characters, and even without "he said" and "she said," it's clear who is speaking and the emotion behind the words. Five stars for both the book and Saul Reichlin's excellent reading.
As one reviewer has pointed out, this is a somewhat difficult book to render (and listen to) as an audio edition. One example, page 212 of the print edition: "FUN FACT: any even number can be made by adding together two primes." This is followed by 16 1/2 pages filled with 11 columns of five-digit numbers (from 10007 to 99991) to prove the point. Keep in mind that the book is about a group of excentric computer game programmers. Now, I doubt that Coupland expected anyone to read those pages, so what to do if you're reading for the audio edition? It doesn't make sense to read such lists in their entirety. I would have to say that, overall, this book is far more accessible for those fortunate enough to have seen the far-too-short-lived "JPod" television series. Basically, the story itself is pretty far out and surreal. I love this book (as I do most of Coupland's books) for the odd humor and his observations on post-postmodern humanity. I'd like to see more of his books available at Audible.
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