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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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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 10-29-12
    Dennis 10-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Daemon"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like new age sci-fi Daemon is a good story.


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

    Some of the techie terms are a little over the top and the ability of that technology is a little far reaching. BUT..........it is a good story


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    clear and well modulated


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    Pamela J United States 10-28-12
    Pamela J United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2016

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Loved this one"

    This really appeals to the sci-fi fan in me. And for any consciracy nuts.....er, I mean "fans" - - this is a great story. Computers, machines taking over, economic chaos and a person who can out think the living from the grave. Really enjoyed this and will be seeking more books from this author.

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    Hunter heber, UT, United States 10-28-12
    Hunter heber, UT, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting premise"

    I was skeptical of this story line when I downloaded it, but it turned out to be a good story. Not terribly realistic, but still a good read. I think the best part was that the plot didn't go where I expected it, and instead took a turn in a different direction.

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    PJMartin 10-27-12
    PJMartin 10-27-12
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    "I'm sorry, I just don't get it."

    I really don't understand how this book got such high reviewer ratings. It started off very interesting and I was hopeful. I'm now one hour from the end of the book and I can't wait until it ends so that I can legitimately say "I really didn't like this book." It was as if it were written by a geek trying to be cool, or a cool guy trying to sound like a geek. Lots of descriptive violence interspersed with geek speak. Maybe if I were an 18 year old hacker I would have appreciated it more. Narrator was very good, tho.

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    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 10-22-12
    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 10-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Nietzsche Would Be Proud"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    A page turner...or ehh...one of those audio books you can't stop listening to. It's a good story with fast paced action and lots of mystery. Perhaps there are some deeper lessons about the partnerships between corporations and governments. It makes some anthropological claims you can agree or disagree with about man's free will. As the story unfolds and the prophetic claims of the Daemon come true, notice your own longing for them to not really be true. That will show you a truer sense of your humanity than what is written. Nietzsche would enjoy this Godless will to power.


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    Alexander New Richmond, WI, United States 10-14-12
    Alexander New Richmond, WI, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Daemon the most enjoyable?

    Demon and its sequel Freedom TM take Sci-Fi to a whole new level. This story is fast paced and takes twists and turns that you didn't see coming.


    What other book might you compare Daemon to and why?

    If I didn't know better I would have thought this book was written by Scott Sigler.


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

    No. He's a good narrator.


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

    Hell yah!


    Any additional comments?

    I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Overblown and Disappointing"

    The reviews and blurbs led me to expect a Michael Crichton like book, where the author pushes a researched understanding of a serious issue to a gripping and plausible (with a little suspension of disbelief) thriller. The book seemed to keep its promise at the start, but the story degenerates and becomes more bombastic and less plausible with each chapter. It ends with a semi-coherent plot twist suggesting a battle between corporations and a computer system where governments are no longer relevant, plus a long battle scene involving self-repairing killer race robo-motorcycles suitable more for a teenage fantasy than a novel that is supposed to have a kernel of seriousness. It seemed written more to be a high budget B-movie than a thriller for its thought and craft rather than its big explosions. The sudden, irresolute and poorly developed ending cries out, as another reviewer suggested, "$$equel." I started off feeling engaged, but ended feeling manipulated.

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    Spinnaker 10-13-12
    Spinnaker 10-13-12
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    "Terrifying, entertaining, suspenseful"
    Would you listen to Daemon again? Why?

    Yes - the first time, suspense keeps you racing through to follow the story. In subsequent reads you notice details & subplots and reflect on the implications of Suarez's revelations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First it is a well-crafted and entertaining story. But it also explains so much and so well the terrifying plunge the One-Percenters (and especially the .01 Plutocrats) are driving our society through. Richard Clarke (former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism) has been warning of the dangers through 3 presidents' administrations; Billy O'Brien (former Director of Cybersecurity at the White House) has endorsed the legitimacy of Suarez's warnings, woven into a fiction novel.


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

    Thought you were paranoid walking out of the theater after Alien and Mad Max? Just wait and see how scared you are after watching Daemon!


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