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Daemon Audiobook

Daemon

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.
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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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    Stan Lakewood, Ohio, United States 11-22-12
    Stan Lakewood, Ohio, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic is a verb

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    "Full of Ideas"

    There is a subtle story going on in this book, underneath all the action-adventure bits (and there's plenty of that.) If you're cyber savvy, you'll enjoy his technical descriptions of hacking networks and such (and you'll get a laugh at the FBI guys). If you enjoy gaming, you'll recognize his attention to detail in the video game sections. I really enjoyed the overall concept, and his execution of several "what would happen if?" ideas. Two complaints: 1.) the ending, which left me wondering if he's heading into a trilogy and 2.) What I felt was the really interesting story, the subtle one underneath it all, is treated *so* subtlety that it's never really developed. Blink and you'll miss it. I'd love to see another book in this series, just find out how things turn out.

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    Jodi Algonac, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Jodi Algonac, MI, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly Exciting!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was afraid that this one might be too "techy" for me and though a few parts got a bit involved, it was pretty easy to follow. Pretty darn believable and you never knew what was going to happen next. It was intense and chilling.

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    Erik North Branch, MN, United States 11-17-12
    Erik North Branch, MN, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2015

    Old Man Borg

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    "Get the next book - Freedom - before listening"

    I don't usually write reviews, but in this case I have to say two things. 1 - Fantastic book!
    2 - If I would have been reading a paper version, I would have thrown it across the room after I read the last page.
    Warning: This book ends in the middle of the story, and it is a GREAT story, so you will want to begin the next chapter (in the next book) immediately. So have Freedom ready to start as soon as you finish Daemon.
    Also, great narration job.

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    Matt SANTA FE, NM, United States 11-11-12
    Matt SANTA FE, NM, United States 11-11-12
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    "Cured my Good Book Craving"

    Was a little scared to get this book as I was expecting it to be intended for the geek squad. I am in the trenches with technology but not quite obsessed with it so I was curios what "techno thriller" is. Turns out this book was amazing with never a dull moment. It did take a few chapters to get my interest addicted but once it did...watch out! considering when this book was written it does amaze me how much knowledge the author had at the time on where we were going.

    I feel the second book was a little better than the first but still super enjoyable and lost of action with new ideas and insights on how technology can intertwine with our world.

    This would be an amazing movie... hope to see it out one day.

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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 11-09-12
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Exciting and technical look at a possible future"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    I do not know. I don't care much for reading books, but I am a good listener.


    What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

    I cannot think of any. This book is very unique in presenting a story I did not hear before. The technical background was presented very well and kept me excited to hear what was coming up next.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    Good voice clarity and easy to listen to.


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

    Freedom is an allusion.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is very unique. The narrator describes scenes in vivid detail and explains the technology behind many scenes without being boring and sounding very accurate.

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    ChrisG Torrington CT 11-09-12
    ChrisG Torrington CT 11-09-12
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    "Read this before buying"

    This is a great story and a sound performance but I will leave it to the other well done reviews to cover that point. But from my point of view two things should be known prior to buying this book. The first is that if you don't have some knowledge of computers or video gaming it will be tougher to get into the story. It isn't impossible, but be prepared to re-listen every now and then. Secondly, This book and Freedom (TM) really should have been one long book instead of two. Unlike books in a series that bring some conclusion to each book in the series, Daemon leaves far too much hanging and really requires the reading of Freedom (TM) to reach a reasonable ending. My advice would be to purchase both books or neither of them. With that said, these two books were a joy to read. The story is very well thought out and Jeff Gurner does a great job! Highly recommended!

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    Amazon Customer 11-08-12
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    "A great surprise!"

    This was one of those "I'll give it a try" purchases I made when I wanted a change from my favorite authors. I was hooked from the start. It's well written, a gripping story, fabulously narrated.

    I've immediately bought the sequel and another book by the same author and can't wait to listen to them.

    And in case you're wondering, you don't have to be a tekky to understand this story...

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    CHAD P NESMITH jesup ga 11-04-12
    CHAD P NESMITH jesup ga 11-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "coolest book ever!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The no name one because is is one bad dude!!!


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

    A fiction that could be realized!!


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

    The future is just around the corner!! THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BECOME A MOVIE!!!


    Any additional comments?

    MUST READ ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!

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    Alan 11-02-12
    Alan 11-02-12
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    "High-tech cartoon literature."

    I liked all the tech insights the best. The characters are so unrealistically drawn, like cartoon buffoons, that this became irritating. It might actually make a fun movie to watch, because all the explosions and blood and gore go well with popcorn, but makes very boring reading - I definitely won't bother reading the sequel.

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    charlie 11-01-12
    charlie 11-01-12
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    "Tech Heaven or Hell"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book. It moves at a good pace. The tech information is not to over the top but leaves you saying WOW. Having 14+ years in IT I found the information refreshingly accurate. (For tech people think of seeing fake IP address you know don’t work) only in this book it is correct.


    What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

    This book runs the same lines as Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.


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

    Jeff does a good job with changing voices and making the characters come to life.


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

    This book will leave you with a WOW when your finished.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is the first in a series. Be ready to be sucked into all three. It is like a vortex of time.

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