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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hari Kunzru Narrator: Hari Kunzru Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a networked world, anything can change in an instant, and sometimes everything does…

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 naïve, 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 ultra-contemporary turn in a stylish, playful, and wicked exploration of life at the click of a mouse.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With this second novel… the entertaining Mr. Kunzru makes it even clearer that he has a flair for culture clash and metamorphosis.”

    New York Times

  • “Kunzru’s engagingly wired prose and agile plotting  sweep all before them as the characters careen toward ruin.”

    New Yorker

  • “Kunzru… is as up-to-date as writers come, with interests in technology, pop culture and the economics of globalization.  If anyone deserves a shot at breaching the literary space-time continuum and doing what logic says can’t be done, it’s Kunzru.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hari Kunzru [has] a skewering wit, wide sympathies and a gimlet eye for the killing or illuminating detail.”

    Washington Post

  • “Swiftly paced and cleverly plotted…the ride is exhilarating.”


  • “A balance between high comedy and genuine pathos.”

    Time Out New York

  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anand | 2/19/2014

    " Underwhelmed. For someone whose work is spoken about orgasmically, this book is a mediocre work, at best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed | 2/10/2014

    " I would have given this book three stars, possibly, for another author, but after reading The Impressionist by Kunzru, this was such a disappointment. (I should have seen the signs... all the credits and reviews on the book jacket are for Kunzru's first book). Kunzru, again, clearly comes off as a highly skilled writer; he catches small truths very well. However, from the get-go, this book feels rushed, and he never gets far beyond a few clever turns of phrase. It was a brave move to write about something so completely different from his first novel, instead of sticking to 'brand', but the perils of technology/globalization and capitalization could have been done so much more powerfully if they weren't painted in little clever one-liners and stock characters. I'm almost hesitant to read "My Revolutions" now, because if there's nothing worse than reading a bad book, it's reading a bad book by an author you know could/should be brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggie | 1/28/2014

    " this book weaves together the lives of 2 indian film stars, an indian temp worker living in the u.s., the owner of a "branding" company and his girlfriend, a computer virus protection company and a few others. the main character arjun, being desperate to keep his job releases a computer virus which wreaks havoc on the entire world, bringing him into contact with his movie star crush and giving a few characters the extra push they needed off the edge of the cliff of ruin. i did like the impressionist better but i thought this book was an entertaining read although not as involved as the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/25/2014

    " When I first started this book I was a little put off. I thought, ok, here's more of that young male post-modern author thing of piling on adjectives and similes and events into a sort of frenetic pastiche. But as the book progresses you do actually start to care about the characters and it becomes a meaningful reflection on the nature of global society, and not just an exercise is "how clever can I be." However, you're more likely to like this one if you tend to like those sorts of clever post-modern boys. "

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