Earthquake Zone, California | Member Since 2013
40 plus years ago as a teenager I spent many afternoons and evenings locked away in my bedroom reading Robert A Heinlein, and I still enjoy his stories and his social libertarianism (advocacy for unashamed nudism, polygamy, etc).
This is an enjoyable story and in spite of several ways this book is philosophically alien to me (described briefly below) Heinlein is too good a craftsman to let his polemics bog down the plot.
Some call this book racist because it posits a future where the northern hemisphere was wiped out by nuclear war and despotic Africans have become the master race and whites are slaves. There are definite racist elements from cultural context of 1950s America that makes a modern reader cringe (use of the n word on several occasions for example), but my sense is that by reversing races in the slave/master relationship Heinlein is being anti-racist more than racist.
This story appears to spring from Heinlein's own experience of building a bomb shelter during the cold war and imagining post-holocaust scenarios. As such the pro-nuclear polemics beat you over the head with notions that an all-out nuclear war is survivable, including the premise of this story that if you get a direct hit it sends you 2000 years into the future.
Heinlein admits he "has been worried about America for a long time" and this part of his story is a troubling subtext - that you can save the best part of America by killing off 95% of the people. Taking this a bit further, it also troubles me the way Heinlein embraces eugenics - "eliminating the bottom third would be good for the gene pool", and asking his daughter if her unborn child "comes from good stock." These notions are so reminiscent of Nazi philosophies that they are genuinely troubling elements.
Boring beyond belief.
I don't understand all the positive reviews - you read them and think this story might be worth while, but I could only handle about 37 minutes before deciding I want my money back.
This is another one of those pulp sci-fi books whose only creativity seems to be in inventing creatures rather than in telling a good story. If you enjoy casual dismemberment after casual dismemberment and hearing about endless variations on daemons, leviathans, and ectoplasm creatures, etc., then this book might be for you.
I do hate to be harsh, but this really reminds me of the simplistic stories my son used to write when he was in middle school.
Continuing where DAEMON left off, this book really succeeds on several levels.
It's full of action and keeps you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.
It offers a critique of modern civilization where greedy elites manipulate and control the majority and treat them like cattle.
It posits a popular internet revolution that creates the seeds for a more democratic, more ecological, and more just world, but it adds this element without beating you over the head with a message.
This isn't just science fiction, it is the type of science fiction that is grounded in a thorough understanding of the way the world works and then builds an innovative antithesis that makes you ask yourself critical questions about how our world could be improved, and Daniel Suarez does all this in a fun, action-packed novel that you almost can't put down.
Production values on this audiobook are top drawer. You could easily distinguish who was saying what and even minor characters were fully differentiated (accents, regional speech patterns, etc). Really superb narration.
This one really makes you think.
Evil genius internet game-maker creates an AI (Artificial Intelligence) version of himself that takes over the internet. The daemon immediately proves to be a ruthless, remorseless mass murderer.
It harnesses the energies of really evil people and gives them god-like power to destroy the daemon's enemies, enslaving people and major corporations. Then in an apparent contradiction the daemon almost seems like a benevolent dictator (as long as you do what he says).
The best, brightest, and bravest humans fight to defeat the daemon. While government action is hobbled by pusillanimous bureaucrats, dedicated public servants are determined to fight to the end.
Overall, it's a really fun and frightening story.
The story failed to pull me in. I gave it the old college try, but only made it about 1/3 of the way through and had to pull the plug.
Creating a lot of creatures is not the same as creating an interesting story. Produced, directed and narrated by the author - I wonder if it would have benefited from sharing a little more creative control.
Hilton did a pretty good job as the narrator, but some of the other characters seemed lifeless and amateurish.
I will be getting a refund on this one.
Peopled with characters that I am never made to care about, this story becomes more of an endurance contest than something I'm engaged with and need to know the outcome of. I stopped listening about 2/3 of the way through it.
I will be requesting a refund.
I did give it a good try, but:
1) this book assumes you know a lot about European history and geography, including Roman names for all the places mentioned
2) when you are reading a paper book and you get to a section you don't follow, you can underline and look things up in ways you cannot do with an audiobook.
3) there must be maps and reference materials in the printed version that you don't get with the audiobook
I will be getting a refund on this one.
A compelling telling of Warren's struggles as a mother and working woman, of how she became a professor studying bankruptcy law, and how the facts raised her consciousness about how powerful special interests bend Congress to do their will. It was not dry or polemical the way you might think, but actually very interesting.
I have nothing bad to say. Storytelling excellence and the narration is fantastic. I'm a big Clavell fan.
This may not be the best book to "read" via audio, because some of the names became confusing - although that may be because I often have to multitask and don't always give the story my full attention.
50 hours of a great novel and worth listening to again. Clavell is amazing in the way he gets inside the heads of his characters regardless which side of the drama they are on.
Every sentence ends in a down inflection as if the narrator were bored out of his mind as he read this. Really it's too bad, because this is one of my favorite books. I have the paperback on my bookshelf, so I'll read it myself, but I'm getting my money back on this terrible audiobook!
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