Warning: slight spoiler alert
This is an entertaining book, but it lost me about halfway through it as the "good guys" continually failed to make any meaningful resistance to the "bad guys." I think the author wants us to start thinking of the "good guys" as mislead and the "bad guys" as the good guys, but it didn't work for me. Instead, the story focuses on "the establishment" feebly and ineffectually against a computer program that generally coerces people to do its bidding against their will. The only servant of the Daemon who seems really excited about working for it is a rapist thief, which seems to me to be about right. I don't buy the cynicism that underlies the book's moral premise either. Having said that, the book was entertaining throughout and I didn't realize I didn't like it until I finished the book. Perhaps I would have liked it better with a different ending where the good guys got in a good blow or two. As it was, any dramatic tension was ruined by the realization that the bad guy always won.
Either this was a bigger story that Suarez had to cut down to this novel, or he bit off more than he could chew. Some great ideas and interesting plot lines here, but I felt he left it unfinished. My criticism is not about some lose ends, but a feeling that the novel was on the cusp of exploring some pretty big ideas, but didn't. Instead the author gave us a monologue at the end that left me unsatisfied.
However, it wasn't all bad. Worth a listen.
Avid listener of fiction of all kinds. On constant search for perfect commuting / running audiobook list.
The great moments where you go...oh...it's a video game for real life. I want to go to there.
Snow Crash and Project Ito Harmony. Same feel of future world, games, gamers, and geeks.
Great voices. Nice to hear the mix. He's a little eerie. In a good way.
Yes. I did. Had moments where I stared at my husband as he was speaking and thought: "I could be listening to Daemon right now".
Read it. And then go get Freedom (sequel) RIGHT AWAY. I did.
I have already told my son he should listen to this book. The story is very good and all the technology in it is technically possible in today's world.
Yes, I never knew what the daemon's objective was. I also didn't know what fate awaited all the characters
A tech-mare you won't wake up from!
Great book. I can't wait to listen to the next one. Though, that's because Daemon is a little cliffhangery. I appreciate leaving the door open to the next story, but I wish there had been a little more wrap-up so I didn't feel compelled to immediately go to the next book to have a fulfilling enough conclusion.
Daniel Suarez does an amazing job of thinking about the possibilities and the consequences of merging MMO elements into real life. He creates a plausible sub-culture in a near future world to explore what would happen if we were able to layer the virtual onto the real, and then use the combination to alter the course of humanity.
As an experienced gamer, an avid MMO player, and a sci-fi lover, I felt like this book was written just for me and my guildies. You will not regret the purchase.
Very good narration and rhythm. This was easy to listen to and imagine scenes in your mind. I usually like to listen to audio books while on long car trips. This was one of the few books where, when you reach your destination, you find yourself driving around the block so you can hear what happens next.
One of my favorite parts is when the authorities try to secure Matthew Sobol's estate, and a killer Hummer is guarding the property.
I just thought Jeff's voice was easy to listen to. I listened to both Daemon and Freedom (the sequel).
No, the book didn't make me laugh our cry, just think about the plausibility of the complex sequence of events. The idea that a man could plan out in such detail how people and the world would react verges on the implausible. However, I realize this is what makes the storyline so interesting, so I give into the precepts of the book.
As I explained above, some of the storyline's assertions creep to the impossible, but it is still a fun read/listen. There are technical details and terminology that may not make sense to a non-IT person, but I appreciate that the right terms and concepts were used to make a compelling story.
Well worth your time and investment. I highly recommend it.
I'm just a geek, have been my entire life.. Also a PADI OWSI (scuba instructor) who has guided whitewater and caving trips,diverse interest
I LOVE how Suarez spun this story with technology that is ALMOST there... Truly a modern William Gibson...
This isn't my typical genre I usually like the Flynn, Baldacci, Thor, Silva type books. This had me going from the very beginning. General knowledge of the internet and computers will help but isn't necessary. Highly entertaining and I got the sequel immediately after.
I loved this and Freedom, I never review books but I just had to say how much I enjoyed this masterpiece. If the description sounds interesting at all to you, PLEASE download and listen to these books you will not be disappointed.
I cant think of any, maybe Crichton novel.
Description of new technological advances
I sat in my car for hours listening to this book AFTER i got to my destination!
Read this book, and someone please tell me where to find more like this!
Yes it is a great techno-thriller and makes you think about technology.
The FBI assault of the compound.
I thought he was a little flat when he was reading, but that gave a noir feel to it.