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2.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 5 2.91 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Coupland Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739340288
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JPod, Douglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. Ethan Jarlewski and five coworkers whose surnames begin with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. 

Meanwhile, Ethan’s personal life is shaped (or twisted) by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China. JPod's universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Coupland is an accomplished and talented writer whose books are perennial bestsellers. Quill & Quire
  • “[JPod] is a work in which his familiar misgivings about life on the technological cusp are again invoked, but also one in which the skills he’s been developing as a novelist pay off, where his satirical streak and his social consciousness finally stop fooling around with each other and settle down together…. JPod is a sleek and necessary device: the finely tuned output of an author whose obsolescence is thankfully years away. The New York Times Book Review
  • JPod is a seriously funny book,…a rolling thunder of sustained comedy, first page to last, as it ends up, and skewers the shamelessness and amorality that define our era…. Coupland’s timing is impeccable: JPod is the right book at the right time. The Globe and Mail

    Praise for Eleanor Rigby:
  • Coupland’s. . .most accomplished work to date. . .could be one of the first great novels of the new century. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Eleanor Rigby. . .might prove to be among the best fiction of this new year. Los Angeles Times
  • What makes him hit us again and again, as though he were pelting meteorites from on high, is his ability to connect with ordinary human emotions and to make them profound. Elle (Canada)
  • A leap sideways from the acid irony which has shaded some of Coupland’s earlier novels. Instead, from the pen of one of the coolest authors on the planet has come a work of suffusing humanity. Sunday Herald (UK)
  • The leading literary voice of the most cynical generation lets it all out in a blaze of spirituality, terror, high comedy and soul-searching, and does it all in a way that is caring and clever, heartbreaking and hilarious, tough and tender. . .not only Coupland’s best novel, but also one of the best of the year. The Hamilton Spectator
  • JPod is a sleek and necessary device: the finely tuned output of an author whose obsolescence is thankfully years away.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • "Zeitgeist surfer Douglas Coupland downloads his brain into JPod."

    Vanity Fair

  • "It's time to admire [Coupland's] virtuoso tone and how he has refined it over 11 novels. The master ironist just might redefine E. M. Forster's famous dictate 'Only connect' for the Google age."

    USA Today

  • “It’s to [Coupland’s] credit that in JPod he’s still nimble enough to take the post-modern man—too young for Boomer nostalgia and too old for youthful idealism—and drown his sorrows in a willful, joyful satire that revels in the same cultural conventions that it sends up.”

    Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Peckford | 2/10/2014

    " My second coupland book. Much better than gen-x. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yasmin | 1/28/2014

    " Recently re-read this. I was surprised how much of the plot I didn't remember and how good it is. Definitely one of my favorite books and one of Coupland's best. He hits the nail on the head about life in the twenty-first century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 1/22/2014

    " It's hard to decide on 3 or 4 stars for this book. On the one hand it's incredibly humorous - on the other it's really only funny if you're a software engineer of some sort. On the one hand it's literary style is original and competent, on the other hand it can get in the way of it's own narrative. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it, and it's a solid, albeit SUPER nerdy read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina Keenan | 1/21/2014

    " I am a fan of Coupland and I have read everything he has ever published, but it is clear after reading Jpod that he's been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city's dope and take-out. Jpod is supposed to be the sequel to Microserfs, but Coupland wastes this one hunting-and-pecking for Gen Y/Echo Boom culture like a noob coder; he doesn't see that the map is not the terrain. So what if the main character's Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is dating his son's classmates, and his boss is being manipulated by a billionaire Asian criminal? Sure it's shocking, but is this the zeitgeist, or just, "Extreme Vancouver?" Coupland needs to look beyond the electronic globe his own character creates (he writes himself into the book and creates an interactive-globe killer app that saves the group from techie overwork and under-compensation); that metaphor for an impersonal electronic world fails because his characters never break through as real people with any purpose. Gen Y's struggle to assert "authorship", i.e. identity in a world where society = electronic gaming, should have been inherent in the characters' personal lives and struggles; instead, Coupland builds them with thin and obvious devices like everyone playing the "what-superpower-would-you-have" game. In the end, I am not sure this story or these characters matter, and I think they may as well not have been. Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Has the well run dry? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iz | 1/19/2014

    " I'm really not getting his sense of humour here. It's bland randomness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shanan Kinsella | 1/5/2014

    " an entertaining and funny story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/21/2013

    " I like a novel with nerdy pop culture references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moira | 7/7/2013

    " I think I might be getting too old for Coupland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/5/2013

    " Effing awesome. Ridiculous. Humorous. Spot-on. Irreverent. And a million other adjectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milele | 3/16/2013

    " Not the most readable book, but wry and sometimes accurate in an over-the-top way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry Andreou | 1/2/2013

    " Fast-paced and entertaining geek jokes. End was unpredictable (not necessarly a bad thing). In the middle of the book got a bit bored of it tho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathias | 11/2/2012

    " compleet absurd, toont mooi de invloed van het internet op ons dagelijks leven aan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eve | 7/18/2012

    " Douglas Coupland jumps the shark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandur | 3/7/2012

    " About a game programmer and his quirky team, pot-dealing mother, wannabe-actor father, and strangely enough, Douglas Coupland himself. The book is interlaced with weird games and geek visuals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Onassis | 1/17/2012

    " Hilarious, but underwhelming. This is the first book by Coupland that I've read (at the recommendation of a friend who knows my tastes pretty well) and while I'm tempted to read his other books after reading some of the other reviews here, I won't be reading this one again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia B. | 12/31/2011

    " This books keeps me laughing, long after I've finished it and passed it on to friends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kir | 12/10/2011

    " This book sucked. Only read it if you want to get pissed off about a talented writer publishing a piece of crap. Inserting yourself into the book as a character is really gimmick-y and obnoxious, not cute! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Leathers | 12/8/2011

    " This book was acceptable, but not terribly interesting. I keep getting told 'just read Microserfs and don't worry about any other books by Coupland, they're all less-good re-writes of that one'. This is unfortunately probably true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eli Phillips | 8/12/2011

    " wasn't that great. i don't think i finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina Mcneill | 8/7/2011

    " i really enjoyed this and it gave me a nice take on the modern communication revolution., plus being a cracking read with a great deployment of typography. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 7/20/2011

    " JPod - prime exampe of why most authors should not attempt metafiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Moore | 6/20/2011

    " I'm biased on this one as I'm in the industry Coupland is "poking fun" at here. He's right in a lot of cases, and I LOVE the "Steve from Marketing" character. Typical Coupland though... funny, depraved and everyone is crazy in some way. A good read overall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JJP | 5/10/2011

    " Didn't really care much for this book - it tries too much to be cool which is not something that makes it an interesting read. Some of the character situations were touch on humourous, but nothing was particularly "very funny" as it claims on the cover.

    Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/19/2011

    " it was never going to live up to Microserfs, I knew that...through most of it I liked it more than I liked it by the end...have yet to really determine exactly why that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darra | 3/8/2011

    " Ronald McDonald's rape scene was hilarious. I enjoyed the book a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 3/7/2011

    " Much better and more consistent than his other work, a perfect voice for a period in the early 2000s when we were just starting to understand that this was it, the future we were getting. Particularly good is the joke about medicinal-grade cocaine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artemis | 2/22/2011

    " Thank you Doug for making my work easier ;-) Yup, it's good. In fact, worthy of a re-read at sometime. Intelligent, funny, clever. A nice change from the ('popular') thriller crap I have been reading lately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawna | 2/16/2011

    " This book was awful...what was it about?! I still don't know...Just awful... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 2/14/2011

    " Coupland is a genius! This book is brilliant. Even if you're not an I.T 'Geek' you'll find this book funny, if your a Programmer, it's even better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milele | 2/10/2011

    " Not the most readable book, but wry and sometimes accurate in an over-the-top way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 2/6/2011

    " long, nonsensical. but it was entertaining, lots of quirky facts and random stories about game developers. the length somewhat turned me off though, although i guess that was the whole point of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/6/2011

    " one of the best authors out there capturing the essence of the current generations "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is the author of the novels Generation X, Miss Wyoming, and All Families Are Psychotic, among others, as well as the nonfiction works like Life After God and Polaroids from the Dead. He grew up and lives in Vancouver.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman is a three-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.