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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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    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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    05-31-13
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    "Not a great Ending!!! Please complete this Story"
    If you could sum up Daemon in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, RollaCoster, incomplete.


    What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

    Not sure


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    Jeff did a great job, liked is intenseness when needed, gave the book life


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

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    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed Kill Decision and I so looking forward to this book and was let down as to how it ended, I can only hope that it will be followed up in a series, it deserves it. Suspense, and Intent with a ride you can hardly wait to get off only longing to get back on again.

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    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 05-30-13
    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mind Blowing"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    Jeff Gurner did a masterful job conveying the personalities of each character, which is amazing, because there were so many characters within this book. The action sequences of this book are amazingly detailed while at the same time maintaining a very fast flow. It was certainly a very exciting book to listen to, rivaling that of movie sequences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jeff Gurner did a masterful job conveying the personalities of each character, which is amazing, because there were so many characters within this book. The action sequences of this book are amazingly detailed while at the same time maintaining a very fast flow. It was certainly a very exciting book to listen to, rivaling that of movie sequences.


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    P. Hawley Hollis, ME USA 05-21-13
    P. Hawley Hollis, ME USA 05-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Smart, fast paced, rings true"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great techno-thriller. I recommend this highly. I expect online gamers would get a kick out of the premise and some of the characters. Thankfully there is a sequel.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-21-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Why do people say this is impossible"

    Working in the tech industry after working for the government this book points out exactly what ‘could’ happen. Look at STUXNET that was designed to attack Iran and has been modified by other ‘governments’ to attack other countries. What stops someone or a group of people from doing the same thing? Everyone applauded the creation of these ‘targeted BOTS’ and then feared what would happen if they were turned against us. Look at the recent news (2013) of people leaving the WiFi on, on their phones and when they connect to an open WiFi points all their data can be stolen or worse. Why isn't all WiFi encrypted by default with no way to not have it encrypted? Why aren't WiFi access points requiring people to change the default admin passwords? Because if we did then when we have to create the next STUXNET we’d have to build it with the ability to get past the encryption. Then what happens when it’s turned back on us? This book makes us take a real hard look at this very real possibility. It also takes a look at why the government doesn't want this. Ever here of Patriot Act? It further goes into why corporations don’t want to do this. It will cost them too much in tech support for forgotten passwords. We've even seen CISCO setup WiFi where you plug it in and they remotely manage it. People said no, and here we are. Can a program with human help attain what the author talks about? Yes. Read the book and understand why this is true.

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    Blake 05-19-13
    Blake 05-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"

    You can't put it down. Keeps you wrapped it... FInished this one in a Marathon Listen.

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    Curiouskitty Duarte, CA, United States 05-13-13
    Curiouskitty Duarte, CA, United States 05-13-13
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    "Fast paced and brilliantly Techie :)"

    I LOVED this book. Couldn't stop listening to it - I am a computer and gadget geek and found the story believable and almost kinda scary. Gets a little out of hand towards the end, but for the most part well worth the credit and the read!

    It does look like the author is setting the story up for a sequel, so hope thats true :)

    Even if you are not a Techie, I think it is still a good read so by the way, he explains things pretty well, although I think it is a richer experience if you are an avid gamer or Techie.

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    GARY Raleigh, NC, United States 05-09-13
    GARY Raleigh, NC, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So glad I stuck with it"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    to be honest at 1st I strongly considered returning the book audible within the 1st hour. Wow I'm so glad I stuck with it into a terrific book. At 1st the narrator annoyed me slightly which may have been my problem at 1st. Honestly the narrator grew on me so much so when I finished this book and what I'll call part 2 freedom I downloaded a book narrated by the same narrator just because I enjoyed his performance. The author Daniel did a very good job developing the characters. The good guys, the bad guys. By the end the bad guys, seem like the good guys.


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

    Had to see what happened next


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    slow for me at 1st but grew on me to the point were I very much enjoyed it


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

    .


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    Jenny Lee 04-29-13
    Jenny Lee 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen!!! 5 Stars Highly Recommended"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    Jeff Gurner does a great job of narrating this book. He seemlessly moves between characters and handles difficult portions of the text with ease.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    I think the most memorable event in the book was the seige at Sobel's mansion. Its when you begin to glimpse the full magnitude of what he has set in motion.


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

    I haven't listened to any of his other performances but I will definitely be looking forward to listening to another of his projects.


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

    Yes, I found I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    This book along with the sequel Freedom is one I highly recommend. I've actually already listened to both of them twice and I expect at some point in the future I will do so again. Mr. Suarez has done an excellent job with this book, the story is great, very original. The minute you start listening to it, it pulls you and you can't put it down.

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    Benjamin Kalamazoo, MI, United States 04-23-13
    Benjamin Kalamazoo, MI, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Smart Thriller for Our Information Age"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    Suarez did a great job of mixing realty and his fictive sci-fi extensions. His Daemon isn't HAL. It's not a thinking computer. It's fiction firmly grounded in what is possible now and extended from there in a plausible fashion. It made for a very believable and thought provoking narrative that I thoroughly enjoyed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    First thing that pops to mind is the Killer Robot Humvee... that's all I care to spoil for the readers though.


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

    I'd have to say the Daemon's minions Grag/Loki and Mr. Taylor(the convict) would have to be my favorites. They had the most opportunity to interact directly with the demon and their narratives were where we really got a feel for being in a world where the Daemon exists. Plus, I'm a black hat as a rule, so I gravitated to the conventional antagonists.


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

    Yes. I generally listen on my way to and from work. It's about and hour and half each day and I found that I wanted to carry Daemon into the house and listen while I was doing housework and cooking dinner as well. It was a thoroughly engaging text.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a thriller that hits you with big ideas as well as suspense and action, look no further. I'm recommending Suarez to all my friends. Home the second book holds up as well as the first.

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