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Paranoia Audiobook

Paranoia: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems. They train him and feed him inside information. Now at Trion, he's a star, skyrocketing to the top. He finds he has talents he never knew he possessed. He's rich, drives a Porsche, lives in a fabulous apartment, and works directly for the CEO. He's dating the girl of his dreams. His life is perfect. All he has to do to keep it that way is betray everyone he cares about and everything he believes in. But when he tries to break off from his controllers, he finds himself in way over his head, where nothing is what it seems and no one can really be trusted. And then the REAL nightmare begins....

©2004 Joseph Finder; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel the most entertaining thriller of 2004?....A first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop. This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes." (Publishers Weekly)
"A twisting, stealthily plotted story...as a savvy genre piece with built-in momentum, it works just fine...the book weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web." (The New York Times)
"What keeps the pages turning isn't the suspense, though, as much as it is Finder's detailed portrayal of the Machiavellian world of the mega-corporation and its high-stakes intrigue." (The New York Times Book Review)
"This thriller is engaging from the opening lines and doesn't let up until the surprising end. Scott Brick narrates flawlessly....This great performance is a perfect fit for the writing." (AudioFile)

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    jimted1 01007 05-24-04
    jimted1 01007 05-24-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved this book, read to the end"

    Really 4.5 stars. My comments here are for the unabridged version. Sure some people might figure out the ending. (I didn't). Sure some might whine that some of events are unlikely. I just found the book a good read. I did not want to get out of the car at the end of the ride (I listen in the car).
    The book starts off with a semi-geek low level stiff using his talents to "borrow" company funds for company party. Our hero gets into a heap of trouble when he is caught. As he has his employer call him into the office to put the screws to him. I know woulkd think about just running away. He is a total screw up. He doesn't apply any of his "talents" to good use. He just shows up for work each day; going through the motions. I am a geek so I kept envisioning myself in the same situations as the main character. Thanks to this major screw up he goes from the mailroom level to the executive suite literally overnight. How come he can do it and I can't? I will try to emulate this guy, pick up some tips. I watch as he gets luckier and luckier, he gets the big raises and the girl no one else can have. Unfortunately for our hero, things begin seeming a lot like work. Now that he is in the executive suite he actaully works hard and damn if he isn't really sharp and fast on his feet; just like me. Behind the scenes, some bad things are happening to distract him. His father's health is failing. He is supposed to be spying on others but now someone is breaking into his expensive apartment and stealing all his secrets. He knows someone is checking up on him. The title comes from the appearance that most anyone in the story is conning some else. Everyting keeps rolling forward to unpredictable conclusion. Even when he is seemingly caught in the act, everything MAY work out for him (or NOT). Up until the last line of the book you won't know who all the con artists are and whether "our hero" gets away with it?? I will definitely look to read more books by this author

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Santa Clarita, CA, USA 05-10-05
    Vanessa Santa Clarita, CA, USA 05-10-05
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    "disappointed...not buying into the story"

    After all of the glowing reviews, I was a little disappointed with the book. I found myself not completely buying into the circumstances in the book. As a result, I didn't get wrapped into the emotions. Perhaps I am unfairly comparing this book to the incredible Robert Ludlum books I have read recently (Jansen Directive, etc). The performance by the narrator is quite good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 12-24-04
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 12-24-04 Member Since 2016

    Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.

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    "Enjoyable thriller"

    This was good! It is like a spy thriller happening in your work place. This is the first book with a plot built on industrial espionage and dubious corporate activities that gripped me like a regular spy story. The spy sneaking into his bosses cabin to plant a bug sent more thrills down my spine then a spy bugging the phone in an embassy.
    The book is gripping. There is subterfuge, treason, manipulation, blackmail woven into this thriller about two fiercely competing technology companies. The protagonist is a cute character who is not the superman we normally come across in spy thrillers. He is ordinary. He goofs up at critical times and this had me holding my breath quite a few times. Some sequences that deal with the father-son equation on the sidelines of the main plot are at times over stretched.
    There is no intimidating technical jargon and the book in not intended to be a surrogate tech book to demonstrate the writers in-depth research. It is an all out thriller that is in line with Ludlum et al.
    The book is superbly read.
    Go ahead, you will not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    HackZaw 04-20-04
    HackZaw 04-20-04
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    "Hard To Swallow"

    The plot is completely implausible, the portrayal of life in a big corporation is a wild caricature, the lead chacacter is a shallow, dishonest underacheiver, and most of the other characters are unpleasant or downright nasty. Downbeat and cynical, but moderately entertaining if you don't mind being a little depressed by its portrayal of the darker side of human nature.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 04-17-16
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 04-17-16 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "A Fun Listen"

    This story is about corporate espionage. Adam, a low level employee of a high tech corporation. Adam is bored and he gets into trouble when he hacks his company's system to finance a $85,000 retirement party for a guy that he barely knows. His thievery is found out and he is given a choice of going to prison or become a spy as an employee of their chief competitor .... corporate espionage! laced with humor and financial motivation.

    He begins living a fabulous life, a beautiful apartment, lots of money, driving a Porsche, and working directly for the CEO of the target corporation. When his conscious becomes overwhelmed with the deception, he tries to get out of the arrangement and realizes that he is in way over his head because nothing is what it seems and he can trust no one.
    A fun listen.... recommend

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Byron 07-03-13
    Byron 07-03-13
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    "Can the upcoming 2013 movie live up to the book?!?"

    Since I really enjoy this author's exciting books and PARANOIA is coming out at the movies next month, I decided that I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. This is definitely an exciting thriller--no murders or spying between nations, but a new type of modern day thriller. Espionage between high tech companies and the extremely rich and powerful people who control these things dominates this book.

    Adam Cassidy is just a lovely tech guy with little ambition in life but to have fun at little expense and effort on his part. He hacks his companies system to host a going away party for one of the dock workers. His "party" ended up costing more than $70,000, and he got caught. The head of his company makes Adam a deal----spy on the competitor company, and maybe we won't prosecute, sending you to jail for most of your lifetime. Adam's first person account of all the turns and twists in this endeavor makes for a thriller every bit as exciting as any world wide spy thriller. His dying, foul mouthed father adds another element of interest to the story also.

    Once again, Joseph Finder does not disappoint for thrills and excitement. His characters are rich in detail, and he has the hi tech computer age down perfectly. Though I loved this book, the technology changes from it's publication until today adds another level of "unintended" fun to this book---oh how technology has grown!!! Will be interesting to see how this updates in the movie. It might seem to make this book dated, but it actually adds to the enjoyment of this extremely well written book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony B. Shelburne, VT USA 09-20-09
    Tony B. Shelburne, VT USA 09-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Willing Suspension of Disbelief ..."

    ... although normally a criterion reserved for sci-fi, is a prerequisite to enjoy this book. It's an attempt at high-tech fiction but the scenarios and characters' actions are so implausible that it borders on science fiction. The book begins with an action on the part of the protaganist, Adam Cassidy, that is pretty unbelievable. Amazingly, this act is never really questioned, challenged, or explained but it forms the basis for the entire plot development. As the plot develops, its twists are fairly predictable and it's not too hard to see the ending coming from about two-thirds of the way through the book. When the ending does come, though, it is ultimately rather unsatisfying and the literal end of the book is so abrupt that one would think the author ran out of paper for his typewriter ... or space on is hard drive, or whatever. I was left wondering what happened to the characters after the ending.
    All that said, though, I did not have any trouble hanging in through the end of the book. For all its predictability and cardboard-cutout characters, the plot is somewhat engaging and interesting. The author drops in a few realistic industry terms, leading me to believe he was either employed in high-tech at one time or did enough research in the area to at least know some of the lingo.
    I found the reader to be acceptable, not the best but not the worst either; good voicing and dynamics. Not hard to listen to.
    Overall I would say this was a bit of a guilty pleasure to listen to. I could tell that it was bad but didn't mind finishing it through to the end and even enjoyed it a little. But readers who are insistent on plausibility and well-researched characters and scenarios (think Michael Crichton or Dan Brown) will likely be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Scarcelle 12-06-08 Member Since 2015
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    "A good listen"

    This was the first book I have listened to by Finder and was glad I purchased it. As usual Scott Brick's reading of this book was excellent. A little far fetched at times with the main character going from office worker to James Bond in the course of a few months but if you are willing to suspend belief a bit it was fun. I will listen to more books by this author for sure.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-07
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-07 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Heart Pounder"

    This is not a feel good story. It is dark, the hero is severely flawed. I give it 5 stars because it had me on edge throughout the entire story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 08-25-06
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 08-25-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Have plenty of free time when you start this one"

    Don't start this one if you have a lot of things to get done because you will not get them done. You will get sucked into this book so fast you won't know what happened, it's just one of THOSE books. Cassidy, the "hero" of the book, has low moral scruples, is a smooth liar and because of shennanigans he gets caught doing at his original place of employment, Wyatt Enterprises, he finds himself working for Trion Corp as a high level corporate spy for Wyatt (It was either that or jail time) . He gets to like Trion's CEO and is conflicted about his no-win situation. He can't tell who his friends are or even who at Wyatt is on the up and up, thus he becomes increasingly paranoid! Great plot right from the start, with no real slow parts. The reader does a great job at keeping things exciting and maintaining the tension level to the point where you might find yourself walking a few extra miles just to hear more. Like I said, don't start this book if you don't have a good block of time to listen or you may find yourself missing appointments, meetings, work, and you don't want that to happen. Five Stars!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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