The writing is mediocre: replete with cliches, weak dialog, and take-you-out-of-the-story social commentary. Gurner reads well but sounds wrong delivering lines like "a corpulent man in his fifties with ill-fitting pants." That had me laughing so hard I had to stop the book to recover. The overall conceit is unbelievable (despite what my fellow "geeks" seem to think) and a handful of the technical details are wrong- although probably to make a point or usher the story along.
Having said that, Daemon has one heck of a plot. If an audiobook has me looking forward to doing dishes or cleaning the yard just so I can hear what happens next, it ranks high in my pantheon of good reads. I have a nicely trimmed yard, thanks to Mr Suarez, and I am downloading the sequel after I submit this review. A previous reviewer called Daemon "enthralling" and I have to agree.
I was blown away by this book, both the writing and the narrator. Not many books can use such techno babble and actual make it sound interesting and legitimate. The whole book flowed quickly, with plenty of twists and turns and down right interesting writing. The narration and voices could not have been better. I was sorry to have ended this book and cant wait to listen to it again!
This story about a videogamer who, before he died, created a program to carry out a conquest of the world is quite fascinating. If you like techno sci fi, you should read/listen to this book.
Although some knowledge about videogames will help understand the story details, it is not a prerequisite (anybody can understand what is going on regardless of technical know how). First of all I just want to say this is one of the best books i have listened to and I have listened to about 20 books from audible so far. I want to address some of the other reviews about their completely exxagerated complaints of the book. The profanity is not as rampant as some have suggested. Some reviewers made it seem like profanity made the entire book. NOT THE CASE. Some characters will cuss but not mindlessly, they cussed simply to express emotion. If a sprinkle of profanity drives you to dislike a book then maybe you should stick to textbooks or religous books. IF YOUR INTO SUPERB NARRATION, MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, EXCELLENT STORY AND DO NOT MIND THE ENDING LEADING YOU TO AN AWESOME NEXT BOOK THEN THIS BOOK IS MANDATORY.
Well written and entertaining. The reviews that described the so called "rape scene" as brutal and graphic are just silly. Spoiler alert... A girl given ecstasy who then takes off her shirt and performs fellatio on several men while being filmed without her consent is not a "brutal rape scene". Sad and unfortunate maybe, but not brutal.
I am an IT Admin so I was excited to find a book related to the IT "underworld". I was expecting a story about a hacker writing programs that caused excessive spam and in general what we at the admin level experience everyday....Man, was I wrong. This book was amazing in the factual details of what really could happen if someone had enough money, motivation, and ability to actually plan and implement this kind of program. It is very graphic so be ready as it holds nothing back when it comes to the details. I did not find any points in this book that made me not want to continue...the ending was a shocker so I am ready for the sequel.
A riveting story! Couldn't put down my iPod!
And I learned a lot about technical things, as well as about gaming and game technology!
Yeah I agree that this is like a B-movie, but it's still an interesting story. The funny thing is, I tried to read the paperback, but found the writing so terrible that I just couldn't get into it, however, as an audiobook it was much better. The writing's bad, but the story's great. If you're into techy sci fi it's a must listen, just don't try to read it!
I had a hard time getting used to the mechanical style of the narrator at first, but his voice and style soon won me over. I work in tech and was really impressed with the author's research and vision for technologies potential for evil. l don't want to print a spoiler, so all I will say is that I enjoyed the ride, but was left unfulfilled in the end.