Jacksonville, FL USA | Member Since 2013
As a professional in the field of software development I can find myself loving the idea of this story. The mistake was in choosing George Guidall to narrate it as it makes the story extremely difficult to follow!
I mean no offense to Mr. Guidall, but his performance in this book is horrific. It's nearly impossible to tell which character is speaking as George seem to make little to no effort to change the voice or otherwise help the listener keep who is speaking straight. It's also extremely difficult to know when a specific scene changes, often times we're in a totally different place but I was left thinking we were back at the previous location. I mean no offense to Mr. Guidall, but his lackluster performance destroyed this story for me.
I would love to see a revision to this book with a different narrator. Please strongly consider having this re-read by someone who knows when to pause, knows how to tell the listener who is speaking and is able to to keep things coherent to help prevent the utter feeling of confusion while listening. The story itself has huge potential, it's unfortunate that George's performance was at best sub-par as it made the story quite difficult to follow and wound up causing me to say: "What in the...!?!?" many times.
This book is fantastic, especially if you're a programmer or if you're tech-savvy. Daemon stands for Disk and Execution Monitor. This essentially is a process or group of processes that perform specific tasks, for example, sending email. This book is packed full of action, intrigue and mystery. The ending of the story (Freedom) was a surprise which is typically not the "norm" for many books I read/listen too.
There are many memorable moments, however, one of my favorites is watching how humanity overcomes a great obstacle and becomes very self-sustainable. The Daemon helps in this regard as it acquires and provides groups of people with the necessary materials to build.
This book is packed full of action and is a fantastic and near-realistic given how far technology has come and how interwoven into our daily lives it is. I highly recommend picking up this book as well as "Freedom" the 2nd book that brings the story to it's conclusion. I only wish Daniel felt inclined to produce a movie(s) based on this story and I'd also be extremely happy if he decided to continue the story by writing more for it. :)
I would, for a few reasons, really. 1) I love Ray Porter, he's an extremely talented story teller. He is rather good at engaging you and giving you the feeling that you're a part of the story. 2) Ray does an absolutely stellar job with the various voices as well as keeping them consistent.
It's really hard to have a single favorite character. Jonathan certainly has a knack for placing characters in the story that invoke emotions across the entire spectrum. Even better, you may find yourself one moment loathing a character, but several chapters later, you find your self perhaps relating to the same character or even liking them. I also believe Ray plays a big part of this as he manages to give each character unique personality traits that can cause you to completely change your mind about your original impression of the character.
I have listened to other performances by Ray and bar none, he's fantastic! He does stellar work and these stories would not be the same without his work.
It's hard to nail down the most memorable characters in the various Ledger stories as so many of them leave a lasting impression. I would say Joe Ledger, of course, the always rather interesting Mr. Church and of course Joe's frequently changing team. :)
I believe Jonathan and Ray, together, bring some incredible stories to the audio book scene. With out Jonathan's rich stories and Ray's ability to bring them to life in multiple dimensions, it's easy to see how one can be moved but the various events that happen in Patient Zero. I've gone through all six books now and Jonathan and Ray if you happen to stumble on this review please note: I WANT MORE!!!! :D Keep 'em coming, I don't think I'll ever get enough of these amazing stories and Ray's performance!
The dragon factory was interesting in that there are two "bad guys" and they both seem to be working on some rather sinister projects. The question becomes: Do their paths converge and what does that mean for Ledger and his team? I loved the aspect of creating the perfect "monsters" and add the "Extinction Clock" to the mix and the story becomes downright tense and I can almost promise you'll remain glued to the story.
The most memorable moment in this book was unfortunately a rather sad moment that will forever change Joe, and not for the best. I cannot explain what happened without spoiling an important moment in the story. I'm pretty sure you'll know precisely what I'm referring to when you encounter this part of the story.
Ray brings so much to these stories. When he reads the stories, he brings the characters to life and in many cases is able to invoke emotions of all different types. I found myself becoming very attached to several of the characters, loathing others, all because Ray is able to take the material provided by Jonathan and immerse you so deeply into the story that you almost feel like you're actually there.
Yes, actually there are many moments across all 6 of the Ledger series that invoke real emotions. Joe suffers on so many levels and in some many different ways that as events unfold I'm almost brought to tears as Ray is able to convey real, raw pain and emotion wether it be traces of his voice crackling a bit during rough times to the very intentional and well done sighs.
At this point Ray IS Joe Ledger, he manages to drag you so deeply into the stories that you don't want to leave! No matter how many characters Jonathan places into the story, Ray makes it very easy to know exactly who's talking without him having to say so because he's consistent and each and every character has a unique voice. Jonathan and Ray are a winning combination that has me wanting more!!
I would listen to On Intelligence again and again. Jeff Hawkins has a very unique point of view on how our brains work. This is a must have for anyone interested in machine learning or creating "AI" using software.
I loved the deep discussions of how the brain works. Learning that the brain is merely an advanced pattern machine with predictive capabilities that would make even the best software engineer cry at the thought of attempting to reproduce using code.
Yes, but unfortunately my schedule doesn't allow for much time to just sit and listen to a complete audio book.
This book is fantastic. I plan on using the information gleaned from it to attempt to create more intelligence software. We'll see how this journey goes. :) A huge thanks to Jeff for such an amazing book!
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