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.
©2006 Douglas Coupland; (P)Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Coupland revisits the digital kingdom he so shrewdly depicted in Microserfs (1995) in a zeitgeist-trawling satire about 21st-century cyber obsession." (Booklist)
While I enjoyed reading this book when it first came out I didn't find it translated well into an audio book and really couldn't wait for it to end.
I enjoy Doug Coupland books a lot, but would hesitate to get another one in audio format.
This is a great audiobook. Couplands wry humor is best played at a rate of speed that you catch yourself laughing and then groaning in self recognition and then move on before any harm comes of it. I loved Microserfs, Life After God, Generation X and Nostradamous. This doesn''t have the timely breakthrough insights of Microserfs and Generation X, but it has plenty of humor and cultural digs. Enjoy.
Avid audiobook addict!
I'm a geek, so I kind of tolerated it, but most normal people would just skip it in disgust. The author is incredibly self-indulgent. His long lists of unrelated words that he thinks are "clever", which could be just skipped over easily in printed format, are incredibly annoying when trying to fast-forward past them in audio format. The dialogue and characters are utterly unbelievable. Unless you're a huge geek and Douglas Coupland fanboy don't bother.
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