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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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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 06-18-14
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 06-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Heavy on the Techno, Light on the Reality"

    As far as I could tell from the reviews, I am one of a mere handful of women who have listened to this book. I am not a gamer, but I do understand technology so I was able to follow most of the techno-speak. But, I'm sorry, that does not make a good novel. It mostly served to bog down the story and helped to create cardboard characters.
    Anyway, about a third way through, I was ready to stop listening because of the dull, repetitive techno babble. Then finally the story heated up and moved along swiftly, albeit still immersed in techno babble. And gore. Lots of head and guts exploding. Lots of fun. Not.
    My favorite parts were when the disembodied female voice spoke as those scenes were truly chilling without all the blood, guts and head explosions.
    Without giving away anything, the end (or rather the cliffhanger calling out for a sequel ending), descended into a mess of chaotic suspension of disbelief.
    But, what can I say? I'm ready to listen to the sequel.

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    Robert 06-06-14
    Robert 06-06-14
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    "Overrated"

    The concept of the book is really good, and there are some promising elements and scenes. However, I never really cared about any of the characters and so many of them are full of clichés. There are also many scenes in which I was like... "OK OK, I get it already!...Move on!"

    In the end it was good enough to finish, but I am unlikely to move onto "Freedom".

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    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 05-22-14
    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind stretching"
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    After reading many books, I've thought to myself, "I could've written that"--even though I couldn't. This book...wow...I couldn't have written it because I couldn't have imagined it. My interactions with computers are mundane, and this book made me realize that the computer "revolution" has barely begun. This story is both thought-provoking and action packed.

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    Chris Germantown, MD, United States 05-22-14
    Chris Germantown, MD, United States 05-22-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Another great title from Suarex"
    Where does Daemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since I just finished Influx prior to this it's hard to place. But I'd put it in my top ten books (which I'll include whole series as a single book).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    *Potential spoiler**

    There is no one scene in this book that really moved me more than another as I felt the story kept rolling along at a good pace. But if I had to pick one it would probably be the set of scenes at the mansion in the early parts of the book where the Feds tried to breach the house.


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

    Sebeck was my early favorite but as a techie myself I ended up liking Ross much more. Sebeck's lack of tech savvy and his flaring emotions made me like him less and less as the book moved on. I'll also say that while Gragg's character did evolve some in the book and the level of disgust I have with him is palatable, Gragg as a character is pretty good. Often we find ourselves liking the good guy or the anti-hero, but we often over look a well crafted villain. My final comment is that I feel that Sobol was way too built up as this all seeing all knowing genius. My hope is that we find out that he was only the conductor of this plot not the sole inventor and implementer.


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

    I would love to see this made into a movie, but only by someone with real world technical expertise otherwise it would just be Hollywood fluff and that would ruin the story. As for a tag line...hmm..."The fall of Rome for the modern age."


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    Neil Hoff Wisconsin 05-21-14
    Neil Hoff Wisconsin 05-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story but too negative...."
    What did you like best about Daemon? What did you like least?

    The best part of the story was the action and detail of the technology used and how the characters used it.I didn't like how the story portrayed computers as only used for evil or nefarious reasons. It made you feel like all computer hackers are identity thieves.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was good. It left the story open for the next book but closed it up enough to make me happy.


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

    Jon Ross and Detective Sebeck


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe....the negativity towards technology would probably make me wait for Netflix to get it .


    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth a listen but keep in mind that most computer geniuses are not anything like the characters in the book. Not everyone smart with a computer is an identity thief.The narration was very good. His voice for Sebeck was exactly how I would imagine a detective from the suburbs in his predicament would sound.

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    stpal001 05-16-14
    stpal001 05-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "What a ride!"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    Must be read with the sequel. A great thriller. On par with Ken Follet's best works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    The unnecessary and graphic sexual content at the beginning of the book could easily be removed. It added nothing to the story and prevents me from recommending this book to work colleagues. Gross. Get past that and it is a first-rate eye-opening warning about modern society.


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    Amazon Customer 05-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Finally, a damn good novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    How the hell should I know? I've only heard it, not read it


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

    hmmm, I'd say it keep me engaged, I wasn't hinging on every word, but overall very nicely paced!


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    The 'computer' style voiceover


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

    not in particular


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent novel, well worth the price to listen to and quite thought provoking.

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    Hans Hayward, CA, United States 05-14-14
    Hans Hayward, CA, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2005

    Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.

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    "Very good"

    I am a big fan of SciFi and its child Cyberpunk. Like all of the best examples of the genres, Daemon takes what is possible and stretches it to what is plausible, if unlikely. The story moves along at a brisk, nearly breakneck, pace. For all of us that are coders,makers, and geeks this book will resonate at frequencies only we hear.

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    Zikayoka 05-10-14
    Zikayoka 05-10-14 Member Since 2017
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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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