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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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    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.

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    Albert North York, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14
    Albert North York, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Dara 03-16-14
    Dara 03-16-14

    dreusch@aol.com

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    "Interesting but a little too chaotic"

    This book started out very well and grabbed my interest right away. I just got a little tired of the continuous repetitive action, especially towards the end, which I felt sacrificed the story. Also, it is just a teensy bit chauvinistic. The gamers and computer wunderkind are all male, (except for one token lady). It is obvious that this book was aimed towards the 20 something guy and that's ok. But, the fact that this was SO obvious is what took away some of my enjoyment.

    The narrator was great and he deserves all five stars.

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    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 03-03-14
    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "WOW!!!!!"

    This is one of the best books I've listened to in a while. Its just flat out amazing. It goes in so many different unpredictable directions. To top it off I don't know who I'm rooting for which makes it even better.

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    Phillip 03-03-14
    Phillip 03-03-14
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    "What in the Daemon is going on here?"

    I listened to this story over a period of a couple of weeks of travel. I was really intrigued by how the story started. It was clear that the author has a good grasp (or at least the appearance of a grasp) on computer technology. There was a struggle between the ethic undertone of the story and the sheer overwhelming technology involved. I really tried to suspend my disbelief. I am a tech guy, so I was intrigued. However, the story ended in such a way that I almost got whiplast. it was if the author just said, "OK, I"m tired of writing. Here is a mystical pathway to follow. Adios" Very unsatisfactory "conclusion to a very convoluted story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mario Cave Creek, AZ, United States 02-12-14
    Mario Cave Creek, AZ, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Of the 400+ books I've listened to...THE BEST!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


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

    Ah...YES!!


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

    Yes...Suarez's two other books.


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

    I actually wrote to the author to thank him for his story!


    Any additional comments?

    WOW, WOW....WOW!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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