The stories of this financial fad are interesting and it adds some information missing from similar Wall Street books I’ve heard, so it’s worthwhile in that respect. For example, this book describes the origins of and people behind VaR and other statistical methods mentioned in other books.
It’s not very well written, though. The author uses too many clichés and often dips into unnecessary melodrama. He tries to get too fancy for his subject matter and it comes across like bad poetry. Chamberlain’s delivery doesn’t help matters, as he employs the singsong inflection favored by cheesy local TV reporters.
I wouldn’t recommend this as a first book for anyone interested in recent Wall Street antics, but for those who have read several and are looking for something more, this should be worth a credit.
I found the characters to be hollow and the dialog stiff and laborious. I also found Dick Hill's narration to be... condescending? It's hard to explain but his delivery sounded forced, making some of the dialog worse. And I couldn't shake the idea that he sounds a bit like Gandpa Munster. However, the plot was good enough to keep me listening to the end so it wasn't a wasted credit.
I'm going to guess that if you enjoy books like One Second After, you'll enjoy this one.
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.
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