I remember thinking that Orwell's '1984' was a fascinating story but so far-fetched as to make me smile. These days, we don't smile anymore as video feeds everywhere capture public and private life. Reading Daemon (and subsequently Freedom TM) makes me more acutely aware of data-base technology's rapid encroachment upon the concept of the private citizen. Knowledge is power, and those who best manipulate it come out on top. While this has always been true, today it has never been easier. Daemon pulls together what some fear is the natural progression of data base technology in a was that is both frightening and powerful. We can only hope that these ideas remain far-fetched.
Daemon is a commentary on power - social, political, and economic - and the use and abuse thereof. You do not have to be a 'techie' to enjoy it. The topic is highly relevant and the narration is excellent. This is sci-fi at its best.
*A few will complain that some of the murders and sex-related scenes are harsh. People, life is often harsh. And humans can be cruel. Nothing new in that. Any who understand this will not take offense. It is, after all, just a book.
Good subject, good ideas presented poorly. Way too many examples, analogies to drive home each idea, to the point where it was like a student filling up a term paper with fluff just to fill up the page. We get it. Move on. Seriously, this book could easily be reduced by a third and be much more polished and presentable.
Sam Harris is my personal savior.
This is undoubtedly the worst narration I've ever heard. Ron Knowles sounds like Microsoft Sam, or some version of that robotic, droning voice. Horrible. Don't believe me? Then buy it. You WILL be kicking yourself.
Technical books like this deserve to be read by someone with an understanding and passion for the subject matter. The Knowles treatment is sorely lacking. The book sounds as though it were read by a person with little understanding of this subject matter. Be warned.
The book ended so abruptly that I thought it was a mistake. Then I read reviews saying that the story continues in another book. Well, it would have been nice if that info was laid out before I invested 37 hours in an audio book. Yes, it was an interesting story, though almost tediously long-winded at times, but I must admit the author has quite a good imagination. Now I must decide whether to invest another 40 hours, or just move on. Right now I'm thinking 'move on'.
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