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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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    Patrick LITTLETON, CO, United States 10-08-13
    Patrick LITTLETON, CO, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    So I have to come clean, I am writing this review after listening to this book and the sequel. This book was good and although it had a few moments of self serving political opinion, it was tolerable. I found this book to be really good. The story was believeable, the characters were good and the suspense worked for me. Overall, a great cautionary tale about the dangers of technology in the wrong hands.

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    Amazon Customer SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 09-26-13
    Amazon Customer SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 09-26-13

    g33kb0y

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    "Excellent read as well as an excellent listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    The audio performance was awesome. Better than anything else I have listened to. I loved reading the book too, but this was nice to hear the story during my daily commute.


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

    No.


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    Alexander ORLANDO, FL, United States 08-30-13
    Alexander ORLANDO, FL, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing... yet very scary."

    I zipped through this book in a little over a week. From the first chapter I was hooked. I had to listen to it everywhere I went - catching a moment here and there just to find out what happens next. It just doesn't let up. Someone commented on a weak finish. All I have to say about that is the ending was pure adrenalin. All the characters were very genuine - the heroes are flawed and even the villains have admirable traits. About 3/4 through the book you begin to wonder which cause is truly righteous. As I read I was amazed at how the abstract world (dimensions) can have a drastic effect on the physical world through the daemon's utilization of technology. The shocking part is that these technologies exist today and are constantly monitoring our digital activity. This book is highly entertaining and though provoking - I can't wait to read Freedom.

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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-18-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.

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    "The Parasites Fight Back"

    It took me several tries to actually listen to more than a couple of chapters of Daemon, but I finally didn't have anything else exciting to read so decided to stick it out. GLAD I DID.

    I starts out like a purely detective/murder novel but grows to include more cyberspace and the world seen from both sides, the virus/parasite and the humans (those trying to battle it & those protecting & enabling it).

    There are some great scenes of individual characters showing extreme courage in the face of insurmountable odds while battling not only the other side (virus or human) but some of their own.

    The book includes lots of excitement, action, tech, gaming, cop, mystery, greed, altruism, and relationships.

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    Angel Bristol, CT, United States 07-12-13
    Angel Bristol, CT, United States 07-12-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Such riveting story!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It captivated me right from the start. It is a fast-pace, thrilling story with very complex characters. I can't wait to read the sequel: Freedom.


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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 07-11-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "A MUST READ!"

    This book & 'Freedom' are two of the better books I've read in a long time that has nothing to do with historical fiction, medieval family honor, space battles, & alien/zombie attacks. This book with its follow-up 'Freedom' & 'Killing Decision' - which is a different book & characters but a great concept, I would compare it to a much better literary version of anything by Michael Crichton. Crichton wrote a book that touched on a similar subject in 'Killing Decision' but I have yet read an thriller author better than Suarez in quite some time.

    In Daemon u see how the whole process starts & how maybe living like nomads in the deserts with no technology might be cool... JUST KIDDING!!! Ugh! I couldn't imagine trying to keep our tech level the same as it was when the saints or gospels were still walking the earth... seriously... anyways, the main character, Matt Sobol who was a computer game designer dies, but because he is a complete wizard with anything techno based he weaves his will into a complex 'game' that puts the way the world is run into question... without spoiling the book its almost like he puts the ability into those smart enough to figure out what he is doing to essentially hit Control-ALT-Delete buttons on the earth.

    I highly recommend this book & if u get this book just go ahead & buy the next in the series as well because u can't have one without the other. Suarez poses interesting questions to everyone reading the book, 'what would I do if I had to make this decision or had this type of ability?' The way it builds up steam also shows u how scary it is to have too much technology controlling everything we do, especially something as simple as banking or transportation or the DMV... well actually the DMV is still in the stone ages lol...The narrator who I have not heard much of, or at least haven't recognized his voice does an excellent job with both books as well.... but BUY THIS BOOK.... U WON"T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

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    Scott S Hunter 07-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Once you get it, you are completely hooked"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    The story is unique and not predictable. I also really enjoyed the production - high praise for the computer voice.


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

    For the me, the audible version brings a much more vivid image of the story. The production value on this was very good.


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    FRANKLIN 07-06-13
    FRANKLIN 07-06-13

    Loves adventure tales, mysteries, space opera, classics, non-fiction, humour, brit lit

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    "First foray into Saurez"

    Fans of cyber-fiction will appreciate the insights into what is possible and the parallels of what is happening in real life. The scope and scale of the story are certainly entertaining and there are moments when I wondered if pieces and parts of this could be true. Daniel Saurez has written a compelling, epic adventure and a cautionary tale. Highly recommended.

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    Cameron Gietz 06-27-13 Listener Since 2010

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    "Amazing!!!"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    The way the author used the interconnected world of the internet and the way it reads/ listens is amazing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the daemon


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the police offer gets into the mansion and fights the Daemon


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    CK 06-11-13
    CK 06-11-13
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    "One of the best Sci-fi"

    Be it possible or not..you have to admire the creativity and amazing thought process of the world imagined by the author. Its pure imagination and creative story writing at display. You will be lost in the Daemon world and its a fun ride.. a must listen if you are a computer thriller fan!!..if not then you will become one..again one word of caution..there is a sequel to it ..Freedom that is a must read and completes the story

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