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Zed

A Novel

By Joanna Kavenna
Narrated by Elliot Hill / 14 hours 7 minutes

"Kavenna is a diligent scholar of her form, melding a massively complex plot à la Thomas Pynchon and the wicked social satire of Evelyn Waugh with a healthy dose of Gogol's absurdist dysphoria thrown in for good measure." Kirkus (starred review)

A blistering, satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do--before we do.


One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm. Now, what to do with all these messy people?
     Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it? Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient "lifechain" don't work, or, they've been hacked. Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it.
     Dazzlingly original and darkly comic, Zed asks profound questions about who we are, what we owe to one another, and what makes us human. It describes our moment--the ugliness and the beauty--perfectly. Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present--and thrown back her head and laughed.

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Author
Narrator Elliot Hill
ISBN 9780593152690
Length 14 hours 7 minutes
Language English
Publisher Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Libro.fm rank #12,950 Overall
Genre rank #142 in Apocalyptic and Dystopian

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