Very good book, good story, solid technology background. I'm a developer and I enjoyed recognizing possible application of different technology.
The narrator is a bit monotonous, not at the level of a Will Wheaton, but still better than most.
Looking forward to read/listen to the second book :)
The disillusionment of our current system taken to an extreme. The premise is so plausible yet the most improbable and riveting. This is best and most relevant to current day science fiction I have heard. I cant recommend it highly enough!
At points the narrators voice didn't match the content being read. Like when he was quoting email subject lines... It was more comical than I felt was necessary and brought me out of the story a little. Otherwise well executed!!!!
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
Daemon is a killer story. This is a rather geeky story but is extremely good and is one that will make you think about how this actually can happen. The only complaint I have is Daemon is frequently mispronounced. I would LOVE to see a movie made from this and book two: Freedom.
Not all those who wander are lost...
This work easily ranks in my contemporary top 10, probably in my top 5.
There really isn't another "book" to compare this too, its that unique, and entertaining.
Not a thing. Jeff is one of the best audio performers out there.
There were a number of times I laughed, cringed, and thought how scary the future could be if we as a people don't start opening our eyes.
Daniel Suarez in one of our generations great writers. He takes on current and future issues that most people don't even realize exist. He has easily become one of the Top 5 Authors for Richard.
- the characters are poorly defined - they are all similar and almost interchangeable- It is missing a plot! The master plan of the super smart vilain unravels slowly, and it is about to take over the world... for no reason but to do it. - there are scenes completely disconnected of the main storyline, which are disturbingly unnecessary - they shows the characters involved underlight that doesn't help understanding their actions in the main story. - the technological aspect are laughably irrelevant. Not sure if they are too detailled or not enough, but they are as interesting as reading a wifi router manual. That is about it, as if the character in a movie would suddenly stop to explain the audience how a piston engine works, and then continue on driving on a highway. And not even in a fun or novative way. That will just make the book sounds very old in a matter of years...- The action scenes might be appealing in a movie theater, as the audience at least get to watch eye-candies CGI action shots, but in a book, if they don't bring to the story or the character development, they are just easy filler. And Daemon is full of super easy filler. - The most amazing achievement of the Super-vilain is to have managed to erase all sense of humor off the surface of the earth... The book lacks a great dose of second degree humor, and tends to take this whole "end of the world will come from the internet threat" too seriously
- work on the characters - we need to feel attached to someone, or at least something. The focus is on the masterplan of the smart bad guy, and we reach a point of not caring at all if he succeeds or not.
Jeff Gurner delivery and performance is clear and enjoyable.
- the main idea is interesting, and would have deserved a much better story integration
Avid listener & reader, love a variety of genres, generally have 4 or five books downloaded & switch them depending on my mood.
Love every book this guy has written. Solid conflicts, well developed characters, interesting fun action and he writes enjoyable stories.
Suspenseful, unexpected, thought-provoking
Constantly had me wondering what was going to happen next
First time hearing Jeff, I found that his performance was very good.
If you haven't read this or Freedom, then you really should.
The plot was engaging through and through. I couldn't buy the second book fast enough.
He was brilliant. I could tell the different characters by the slight nuances in his voice.
The ending. I was having a fit.
This book was by far the best book I've listened to in years. Gripping, imaginative and just the right amount of reality make this fiction a master piece. A friend who does networking for an insurance company told me to give it a read and now I'm telling my friends.
Best? Difficult to say as there were so many excellent parts to this book. I was on edge four hours. The future technology master pieces he dreams up have to my favorite aspect.
There are a lot of great scenes but I think my favorite was the scene where Merit braves the Sobel estate with it's automated killing machines trying to destroy him. His survival of that house was great.
I was a teenager when the first Matrix movie was released and that literally blew my mind as a kid. This book allowed me to relive that feeling. There wasn't a particular moment in the book it was the overall concept that really made this book special.
Great book. I had my wife read it and she had to ask me what a few things meant or what they were. So to be honest it's really targeted for those who have at least some background in IT.