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Daemon Audiobook

Daemon

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Publisher's Summary

Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy - or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .

Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

©2009 Daniel Suarez; (P)2009 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills, and cyber suspense....A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laurent 10-19-14
    Laurent 10-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "the only +: a vaguely interesting general idea"
    What would have made Daemon better?

    - the characters are poorly defined - they are all similar and almost interchangeable- It is missing a plot! The master plan of the super smart vilain unravels slowly, and it is about to take over the world... for no reason but to do it. - there are scenes completely disconnected of the main storyline, which are disturbingly unnecessary - they shows the characters involved underlight that doesn't help understanding their actions in the main story. - the technological aspect are laughably irrelevant. Not sure if they are too detailled or not enough, but they are as interesting as reading a wifi router manual. That is about it, as if the character in a movie would suddenly stop to explain the audience how a piston engine works, and then continue on driving on a highway. And not even in a fun or novative way. That will just make the book sounds very old in a matter of years...- The action scenes might be appealing in a movie theater, as the audience at least get to watch eye-candies CGI action shots, but in a book, if they don't bring to the story or the character development, they are just easy filler. And Daemon is full of super easy filler. - The most amazing achievement of the Super-vilain is to have managed to erase all sense of humor off the surface of the earth... The book lacks a great dose of second degree humor, and tends to take this whole "end of the world will come from the internet threat" too seriously


    What could Daniel Suarez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    - work on the characters - we need to feel attached to someone, or at least something. The focus is on the masterplan of the smart bad guy, and we reach a point of not caring at all if he succeeds or not.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jeff Gurner delivery and performance is clear and enjoyable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    - the main idea is interesting, and would have deserved a much better story integration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-15-14

    Avid listener & reader, love a variety of genres, generally have 4 or five books downloaded & switch them depending on my mood.

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    "LOVE!"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    Love every book this guy has written. Solid conflicts, well developed characters, interesting fun action and he writes enjoyable stories.


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    mark 09-18-14
    mark 09-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"
    If you could sum up Daemon in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, unexpected, thought-provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    Constantly had me wondering what was going to happen next


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time hearing Jeff, I found that his performance was very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this or Freedom, then you really should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Knight 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "You have to listen to this"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    The plot was engaging through and through. I couldn't buy the second book fast enough.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    He was brilliant. I could tell the different characters by the slight nuances in his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. I was having a fit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph K. Motacek Stratford WI, USA 08-29-14
    Joseph K. Motacek Stratford WI, USA 08-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read for anyone in an IT profession!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was by far the best book I've listened to in years. Gripping, imaginative and just the right amount of reality make this fiction a master piece. A friend who does networking for an insurance company told me to give it a read and now I'm telling my friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Best? Difficult to say as there were so many excellent parts to this book. I was on edge four hours. The future technology master pieces he dreams up have to my favorite aspect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are a lot of great scenes but I think my favorite was the scene where Merit braves the Sobel estate with it's automated killing machines trying to destroy him. His survival of that house was great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was a teenager when the first Matrix movie was released and that literally blew my mind as a kid. This book allowed me to relive that feeling. There wasn't a particular moment in the book it was the overall concept that really made this book special.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I had my wife read it and she had to ask me what a few things meant or what they were. So to be honest it's really targeted for those who have at least some background in IT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    UGADawg16 California 08-21-14
    UGADawg16 California 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "OK but too many leaps of faith for the science"
    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps if I was not a Software Engineer by trade I could have overlooked some of the gaping holes in the science behind the story. As a reader I am willing to go with the story a bit but great sci-fi, imho, is based largely on real science. In addition, the characters are too extreme to identify with. The story is not without it's moments but was not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Gaylord Arbor Vitae, WI USA 08-17-14
    C. Gaylord Arbor Vitae, WI USA 08-17-14
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    "A computer game takes the real world to its knees!"

    Matthew Sobol was an ingenious game designer. His death triggered potential world wide financial destruction. Detective Sergeant Peter Sebeck is determined to foil Sobol's evil plot and keep him from becoming the wealthiest corpse in the world. But Sebeck has to convince skeptical government and military big-wigs, as well as the media, that a computer daemon, not himself, is responsible for the mayhem that follows Sobol's death. It is a hard sell; even though an expert computer gamer comes to his aid. This is a terrific story! And scary because it could become real – to a point.

    I give tho story nine out of ten stars. I deduct the tenth star for its over-the-top mayhem. I fear that even Hollywood would blanch at the prospect of committing it to film (digital hard drive).

    Being nearly three times thirty years old, I am computer literate but not a gamer. So I bought the book, researched the many terms that were new to me and I listened to the narration several times.

    The settings, the government and military response to an invisible threat and the financial machinations in the business sector are spot on. My hat off to Daniel Suarez, the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 08-14-14
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "SPEND YOUR CREDITS ON THIS!"

    Whenever I finish an amazing book I feel obligated to spread the word. I want to pay the author back in some small way for the enjoyment I got out of his or her work. This is one of those series I have been telling everyone one that will listen to me about. Read. This. Series.

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    MJ 08-12-14
    MJ 08-12-14

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    "Great Mix of Tech & Action"
    Where does Daemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the tops of the audiobooks I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

    As nearly as possible it's close to Neuromancer in that it deals with the technology accurately and without mistakes that pull you our of the experience. The difference is that this has more action and a quicker pace that doesn't drag in places like Neuromancer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the attack on the government's research center kicks off and all the groundwork that the Daemon has done comes to fruition. WOW!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Morrison St Paul, MN United States 08-11-14
    Marilyn Morrison St Paul, MN United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just ok.."

    This story has a good premise, but depended a bit too much on so many things just conveniently falling into place to make it work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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