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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,647

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Fascinating, entertaining - Highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-10

I remember thinking that Orwell's '1984' was a fascinating story but so far-fetched as to make me smile. These days, we don't smile anymore as video feeds everywhere capture public and private life. Reading Daemon (and subsequently Freedom TM) makes me more acutely aware of data-base technology's rapid encroachment upon the concept of the private citizen. Knowledge is power, and those who best manipulate it come out on top. While this has always been true, today it has never been easier. Daemon pulls together what some fear is the natural progression of data base technology in a was that is both frightening and powerful. We can only hope that these ideas remain far-fetched.

Daemon is a commentary on power - social, political, and economic - and the use and abuse thereof. You do not have to be a 'techie' to enjoy it. The topic is highly relevant and the narration is excellent. This is sci-fi at its best.

*A few will complain that some of the murders and sex-related scenes are harsh. People, life is often harsh. And humans can be cruel. Nothing new in that. Any who understand this will not take offense. It is, after all, just a book.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • On Intelligence

  • By: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Introduction to a Fascinating Field

  • By James on 04-14-06

Boring presentation

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-10

Good subject, good ideas presented poorly. Way too many examples, analogies to drive home each idea, to the point where it was like a student filling up a term paper with fluff just to fill up the page. We get it. Move on. Seriously, this book could easily be reduced by a third and be much more polished and presentable.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Letter to a Christian Nation

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the examined life

  • By Stanley on 12-20-06

The best!

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-09

Sam Harris is my personal savior.

4 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Classroom-To-Go Training Course 1

  • Managing Users, Computers, and Groups [Windows Server 2003 Edition]
  • By: William Stanek
  • Narrated by: Ron Knowles
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Written by the premier author in Windows administration, William Stanek, and addressing the needs of Windows 2003 administrators and support staff, Classroom-To-Go Training Course for Managing Users, Computers, and Groups is designed to help you build your knowledge of Windows Server 2003.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Paula on 05-01-08

Worst narration ever

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-09

This is undoubtedly the worst narration I've ever heard. Ron Knowles sounds like Microsoft Sam, or some version of that robotic, droning voice. Horrible. Don't believe me? Then buy it. You WILL be kicking yourself.

Technical books like this deserve to be read by someone with an understanding and passion for the subject matter. The Knowles treatment is sorely lacking. The book sounds as though it were read by a person with little understanding of this subject matter. Be warned.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,927
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,021

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Epic Scifi

  • By Devin on 10-17-09

Interesting but long-winded at times

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-09

The book ended so abruptly that I thought it was a mistake. Then I read reviews saying that the story continues in another book. Well, it would have been nice if that info was laid out before I invested 37 hours in an audio book. Yes, it was an interesting story, though almost tediously long-winded at times, but I must admit the author has quite a good imagination. Now I must decide whether to invest another 40 hours, or just move on. Right now I'm thinking 'move on'.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful