Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
The sciency stuff that we loved in The Martian is kind of there. But, the dialogue is reminiscent of a teenager in their first year of college figuring out that mom and dad can't stop them from swearing now. In comparing to Weir's previous work, the writing and characters are inferior. The charm of Watney in the protagonist is definitely missing.
I would never let kids get close to this book. The language is very R rated, and the protagonist has a propensity toward the vulgar. In addition to an ongoing reference to a re-usable condom (a joke that never really pays off), this book is not appropriate for youngsters. The vulgarity, at a point, gets nearly comical, but not in the way that it serves the story. It's really just vulgar language for its own sake, and I had a very hard time believing that anyone actually speaks this way.
The narrator does an excellent job performing accents and pacing her reading. Her characterizations are believable and natural, and I wish she had had a better story to read.
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.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
An entirely different writer, say one that had matured beyond 8th grade story writing.
Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Suarez again?
Not even if Mr. Suarez himself paid me to.
What aspect of Jeff Gurner???s performance would you have changed?
I think Mr. Gurner was against a wall... trying to do a good performance of a ridiculous script.
What character would you cut from Daemon?
Well, the Daemon was pretty awful, but then the story would have to be titled, "A Bunch of Thin Characters with Poorly Written Dialog and Faux-Edgy Absurdity".
Any additional comments?
I'll join the chorus and say that I bought this because of Leo Laporte's glowing recommendation. I first started listening to this last year when it came out and quickly lost interest. But, because of a recent podcast and Leo's continuing admiration, I thought that I had missed something and probably just needed to dive in a little more. Not so. There are four or five moments where I was honestly embarrassed that I was listening to this drivel and hoped that no one would walk in and hear it.
In addition to the completely unnecessary and look-at-how-smart-I-am "technical" spooge, comes an inane, obsessive focus on race and an adolescent attempt at including every race just to get a better grade from the teacher. Honestly, I can't believe this made it to print/audio. I had to laugh when new situations where something technical was happening arose. Suarez is obviously so impressed at his own technical knowledge that explanations are overly complicated recitations, seemingly straight from Websters.
Finally, if you are a parent, DO NOT let your children read this book. Beside it being a ridiculous waste of time, it is also depraved and has the worst, pornographic scene - involving a drugged, underage girl and a group of men at a rave - that I have ever encountered in a book. It is such an unnecessary attempt at being edgy that it pisses me off.
For a better read, pick ANYTHING written by ANY adolescent with an IQ over 75... Ever. Seriously. This is just awful.
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