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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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    Zikayoka 05-10-14
    Zikayoka 05-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing techo thriller"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    Hit's the ground running and don't let up till the last pages.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Nothing sacred no one is safe.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    Agent Roy "Tripwire" Merritt


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeah, RAFO don't wanna spoil it. Great book


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    Brian 05-07-14
    Brian 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    This story is so incredibly devious and intricate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how real world technology and many aspects of MMORPGs came together so seamlessly.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff Gurner really gives you a lot of insight into what any given character is feeling at that moment. He makes the story easy to follow with different voices for different characters. The listener never gets confused or taken out of the story by wondering who is talking or why.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were points when I laughed, got excited or nervous for a character, and even shed a tear here and there. The writing is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to Deamon, Freedom tm, Kill Decision, and Influx. All written by Daniel Suarez, all narrated by Jeff Gurner, and all of them are thrilling, suspenseful, and just plain fun. I recommend them all!

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    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 05-02-14
    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Mixed: some genius, some silliness"
    Any additional comments?

    Really creative premise: that artificial intelligence in gaming could cross over to (infect and dominate?) real world actions and control. Some outlandish implementation (knife wielding robot motorcycles) and way too much detailed gore and violence ("fetishized" as one other reviewer put it). Although I am a software developer, I am not a game player so maybe all that intense detail comes with that territory. Anyway, the overall ideas are great, the characterization is thin, and the ending shockingly abrupt. It is definitely part 1 of a series; don't even think of reading the first book unless you want to finish the second. And I did just buy the second half (Freedom) and hope the silly and gory details don't outweigh the creative thought. It looks like the premise is getting expanded to a really interesting commentary on the military industrial complex's growing control over the world's economy and politics, rendering the political process (and democratic governments) a sham that simply pacifies an unknowing public. Are we all going through the motions watching a phony show (Matrix anyone?) while the real action is behind the scenes in some hybrid AI networked reality?

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    James CHANDLER, AZ, United States 03-29-14
    James CHANDLER, AZ, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome story that slowed pace at the end"

    this is a great story with complicated characters and a story line that defy's an individual's ability to understand how the mastermind could have for-saw the possibly eventualities. that said, the story does sort of close up at the end and leaves and opening but you're left going, "what? Is that is? Is there no closure." I guess that's why he wrote a sequel. Otherwise, if you like technical writers like Isaac Asimov, Dan Brown and Michael Chrichton then you won't be disappointed.

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    Tom Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14
    Tom Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Top drawer techno-thriller entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    The author weaves greats bits of technology (with a few sprinkles requiring some willingness to suspend disbelief) with a cracking good yarn.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Extremely rich in detail and imagery. You feel like you are right beside the burning Hummer.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the best narrator I have heard -- amazing voices, accents and cadence.


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

    No question. Save this for a long trip and you'll be there before you want to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for any who enjoys Crichton-type techno-thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Albert North York, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14
    Albert North York, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A realistic story in the networked world."
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    The most interesting part of Daemon, is the far reaching consequences of an existing technology.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The portions of the story concerning aspects of real world network cracking are quite realistic.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices of the characters are varied and appropriate.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You will never think of auto-telemarketers the same way again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a keeper.

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    Robert 03-20-14
    Robert 03-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but not as great as some of the reviews"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Character development is poor. Nobody to really identify with.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Suarez? Why or why not?

    Possibly. The author can contrive a complex story plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene really stands out.


    Do you think Daemon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    What I love about a good book is the feeling of really knowing and loving the main characters to the point where I feel sad that the book ended. With Daemon, it's really just about the plot. I'm going to listen to book 2 in order to see what happens, but I'd be fine just skipping to the end as well. I like the book, and the reader is very good. However, the characters are like a late night sci fi flick on tv with second rate actors. I'm looking forward to going back to finish the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I miss Roland, Edie, Jake, and Susanna. There is no one to miss in Daemon.

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    Carl Simi Valley, CA 03-19-14
    Carl Simi Valley, CA 03-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    The story is fantastic and Jeff Gurner really delivers the story very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    All of the amazing voices including the AI's. Even more so, I work in Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, etc so it really hit home for me.


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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 03-19-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Cruel Calculus"

    This is a cautionary tale reminiscent of PRESS ENTER by John Varley in which a computer genius reaches out from beyond the grave. But in this novel the scale goes beyond terrorizing one man, the Daemon in this book by Suarez is bent on world domination. This is an engaging adventure with just the right amount of plausibility to give it a sense of realism. Suarez starts slow then builds to a frantic pace, piling one technological marvel upon another, until the climax where we must examine the very structure of human society and our over-dependence on our toys. Under the microscope is the military industrial complex which has competition from the new Daemon on the block. I was surprised time and again at the ingenuity of the story and how it incorporates cutting-edge tech with the idea of a hostile takeover by a devious minded geek. At the end I was not sure weather to like the villain of cheer him for his genius. Of course I should be cheering Daniel Suarez for penning this fun and thought-provoking story.

    This is a great book, and would be very good in print but we are very fortunate to have Jeff Gurner reading the story for us. Gurner’s range first seems limited, with the various voices sounding like mere variations on a theme, but at some point his talent goes on full display when the more flamboyant characters take the stage culminating in a resounding success. The addition of Garrett Scott as the female voice of the some of the connecting sound bites is a nice touch.

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    Jay 03-17-14
    Jay 03-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Watch out there is a Big Brother"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    The complexity of the setting for a great mystery


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes although I did want to get to the end the last 2 chapters


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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