When I read all the five star reviews, I couldn't wait to read this and the previous novel, Demon. This book was a terrible disappointment. Suarez completely lost control of the story, relied on ridiculous battle scenes that went on too long. He would get into plot dead ends and would bring back people from the dead in order to get himself out of the plot problems. The first book had an interesting premise and Suarez couldn't come up with the goods for the sequel. This book was a waste of time.
Daniel Suarez has created a world in Daemon, and this sequel, that needs to be understood. If we DO come to understand the opportunity and power of the technology we are creating, we will use it to remain free. If we don't, it will enslave us. Where Daemon is a shocking crime thriller, Freedom(tm) is a (possible) roadmap for what our digital world can become. If you are offended by harsh language, listen to something else. Yes, there are horrific events and crimes committed, but they're necessary for the story - Horrific people commit horrific crimes.
Jeff Gurner's narration is excellent. His accents and different voices make it easy to follow the story, and its characters. Top notch audiobook all around! The best I listened to in 2010!
Daemon blew my mind, I loved it! It was sharp and refreshingly current and paced perfectly...Freedom not so much. Perhaps it would have been impossible for any sequel to equal my expectations, but Freedom didn't come close. Gone are the moral quandary's and ethical tech conundrums and in is the shoot em up action packed bs genre. There is also a 'Technology World Order' type of theme in play that I really didn't care for...too much 'Corporations are Evil' and 'Governments are Evil' and 'God is Evil' as if some geek cranking on open source is the new found messiah...please.
This was a very entertaining listen and the narator Jeff Gurner did a very good job as well, using very good voices for each of the charactars. Unlike it's predecessor book Daemon, many of the technical details are not as believable. But taken as a whole it was good entertainment.
Anyone who knows anything about technology HAS to read this. It's amazing how close to our time the book is technology wise.
I want more of this universe, characters, story. I hadn't been this excited about a book in a long while. I highly recommend to anybody who loves sci-fi and enjoyed the first book. This book particularly kicks it into gear.
The author did it. I finished Daemon with the hanging ending thinking - this story is just getting bigger and bigger. I sure hope he can pull it all together. And he did - it was even better than the first. The reader again did a superb job, and completely brought me into the story.
At times the book risked getting a bit preachy, but kept the bullet train on track, hurtling towards a satisfying conclusion. The most "modern" book I've ever heard - not science fiction, but our modern digital reality.
Brilliant and fully recommended.
Freedom does a great job of wrapping up all of the lose ends from Daemon. By the end of the book you understand the reason for creating the Daemon and what it's overall purpose is. This book also takes the basic technology in the first book and runs with it. Great way to wrap up the story. One of my favorites on Audible.
Daemon was more of a run-of-the-mill technothriller. This sequel really takes the creativity (as well as the stakes) up a notch. Very enjoyable.
If you like Daemon by the same author you will love the conclusion. Well written and narated. I would recommend to friends if they like this type of novel.