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Change Agent

Lu par : Jeff Gurner
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New York Times best-selling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself.

On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle - and his transformation begins....

In 2045 Kenneth Durand leads Interpol's most effective team against genetic crime, hunting down black market labs that perform "vanity edits" on human embryos for a price. These illegal procedures augment embryos in ways that are rapidly accelerating human evolution - preying on human-trafficking victims to experiment and advance their technology.

With the worlds of genetic crime and human trafficking converging, Durand and his fellow Interpol agents discover that one figure looms behind it all: Marcus Demang Wyckes, leader of a powerful and sophisticated cartel known as the Huli jing.

But the Huli jing have identified Durand, too. After being forcibly dosed with a radical new change agent, Durand wakes from a coma weeks later to find he's been genetically transformed into someone else - his most wanted suspect: Wyckes.

Now a fugitive, pursued through the genetic underworld by his former colleagues and the police, Durand is determined to restore his original DNA by locating the source of the mysterious - and highly valuable - change agent. But Durand hasn't anticipated just how difficult locating his enemy will be. With the technology to genetically edit the living, Wyckes and his Huli jing could be anyone and everyone - and they have plans to undermine identity itself.

©2017 Daniel Suarez (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Global
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  • Brian
  • 24/04/2017

A terrifying look into our future

I really enjoyed Daemon by Daniel Suarez so when I saw that Change Agent was coming out, I had to get it. I pre-ordered it from Audible (something I rarely do) and the day that it arrived I was lucky that I was just about to finish the last book I started.

Change Agent is a story about Kenneth Durand an Interpol agent who is mysteriously changed into someone that he is not. Not just a small change either, but a full change. So much so that he quickly realizes that he is a wanted man and that this will forever change the way that the police will be able to solve crimes.

There are two authors that I read that remind me of Michael Crichton. Douglas E Richards and Daniel Suarez. Suarez is able to weave what is going on today with what he thinks will come in the future and it's terrifying. I work in a technology firm and he's not wrong with what he's thinking. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of what was written in Change Agent comes true at one time or another.

Durand as a character allowed the reader to follow along with someone as their own opinions of people and things they fought for so long was changing. Kenneth grew many times throughout Change Agent and really became one of the more dynamic characters I've read in a long time.

The overall story was one of the best I've read this year. It kept me wondering throughout and I honestly couldn't put this book down. I kept saying "one more chapter" late into the night. Each chapter brought me closer to the end, but I promise that this book will have a hold on my mind for a while.

A fast-paced technothriller on par with every Crichton novel I've ever read, maybe even a little more terrifying. Suarez took things that are real today and showed us what could happen in the future if we're not careful.

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  • Chris
  • 22/06/2017

Great premise, setup...disappointing finish

I was very excited about the concepts being portrayed in this book and have been a fan of the author for awhile. However, after some great setup the plot simply meanders from place to place and secondary characters have little to no development enough to care about anyone's fate. The climax of the book felt like a rush to the finish with the protagonist, being presented with an enormous moral and utilitarian dilemma, still acting on his own superficial self interests. A disappointing and predictable end to a book with a very cutting edge concept.

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  • Christopher
  • 23/04/2017

Still wrapping my head around it...

I'm a huge fan of Suarez previous work, and his set of Daemon and Freedom TM is my favorite story. That being said, I must say I never got attached to the main character in this book. He is a bit of a bleeding heart, who I personally would never see eye to eye with... but I'm leaving that out of my criticism here, being that's a personal taste thing.
It's the tactical errors he makes I'm mostly bothered by. I can't divulge without giving up plot points, but I will say he places himself in some precarious positions through sheer stupidity, and blind faith.
I would have enjoyed a little more development from the partner's (Yi) investigative side.
With the bleeding heart male figure, and women who lead by force, and the main characters metamorphosis resembling a very 'active' Hollywood Star currently making movies at a feverish pace (you smell what I'm cookin?) it Feels as if it were written for the big screen, which I'm hoping for Suarez sake that happens. He absolutely deserves it. I just wish someone would make a big budget version of Daemon for the big screen instead.

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  • JackNYC
  • 28/06/2017

The weakest story from famed Daemon author

What did you like best about Change Agent? What did you like least?

Change Agent had the same technical style has the other books from Mr. Suarez. He gives you just enough of world building details without boring you. The problem is unlike his other books, there aren't enough huge battles (practically none at the climax). There are also too many characters in this story and most of them don't play much of a role to the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably Daemon or Freedom TM just so I can forget about this mediocre work.

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

Mr. Gurner always brings a solid performance to everything I have heard, including Change Agent. He was held back by the lack action sequences in the book and couldn't really make it as interesting as previous novels from Mr. Suarez.

Do you think Change Agent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The story ties up pretty well at the end, to the disappointment of most readers, I'm afraid.

Any additional comments?

Deathless meat will be a thing.

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  • JF
  • 06/06/2017

Really disappointed

I loved Daemon, Freedom and Kill Decision but this one just didn't work for me. I did not find the Durand character likable or believable and really didn't care what happened to him. I found myself switching to music on the drive home after chapters ended.

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  • Michael Lyons
  • 11/07/2017

I loved all his other works

I loved everything else Suarez has written. And the elements are here but it just does not come together. A lot of long dialogs describing an scene or item. Also he uses the concierge/pageant/show room floor method of story telling way too many times.

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  • Georgette McConnell
  • 10/06/2017

Simply awful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Absolutely nothing. The pseudo sci-fi/dystopian premise that a person's entire genome can be switched with someone else's is ridiculous on it's face. And the absurd situations our hero-turned super villain encounters are just boring comic book Pow! Wham! Absurdities.

What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

The entire premise

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

I actually saw this book on a New Yorker website, and since I trust the New Yorker I bought it without much pre-knowledge. I enjoy sci-fi, but this is not sci-fi, has no "sci" just "fi."

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  • Global
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  • Doug D. Eigsti
  • 29/07/2017

Biological Techno Thriller

This book is a bit of a departure for Daniel Suarez but it is in keeping with his other techno-thriller novels. All of his novels are significant excursions into an extrapolation of a current cutting edge technology. His other novels rely heavily upon Information Technology and computers to tell their story. This novel deals with an even more threatening technology, that of genetics. Some listeners may be alienated by this leap from bits and bytes to DNA and RNA but in the end the same tense action and taught plot are on display. I heartily recommend this novel as do I all of the books by Suarez.

Jeff Gurner gives a stand out performance. He is one of the best narrators in the business.

P.S. for those Genetics geeks out there you may be interested in the technology that is behind this novel. My list of recommended books for aspiring geneticists and ethicists:

INHERITANCE by Sharon Moalem
THE EDGE OF EVOLUTION by Michael Behe
UNDERSTANDING GENETICS by David Sadava
THE SPORTS GENE by David Epstein
THE VIRAL STORM by Nathan Wolfe
THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY by Siddhartha Mukherjee
THE DOUBLE HELIX by James D. Watson

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Carl
  • 29/06/2017

SciFi Thriller With Loads of Action and Bio Tech

I'm a Daniel Suarez fan and he delivered another fun ride that also makes you think about where we are headed. Fun from the start and a very different ultimate enforcer named Otto. Kept me glued to my head set. Jeff Gurner makes the ride even funner.

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  • sebastian misiurek
  • 21/06/2017

Amazing future of tech/bio-tech in a non stop thriller

This was an excellent book with highly entertaining narration. I would definitely recommend for anyone into future world scenarios including technology and bio-tech. Really fascinating story line that appears within reach, only a few decades away.

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  • M. Hopeman
  • 28/05/2017

Vom Meister des Ci-Fi's und Thrillers

Spannende Storry mit viel detailverliebtheit und sehr interessanten Charakteren. Das Ganze dann von einem sehr gutem Sprecher vorgelesen. Brauche mehr von solchen Hörbüchern! 5 Sterne 😀

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Gulliver R. Eisen
  • 11/05/2017

Nicht so gut wie die Vorgänger

Daemon und Control waren innovativer und etwas komplexer von der Handlung her. Dieses Buch fühlt sich wie ein B Movie an - unterhaltsam aber etwas klischeehaft.

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  • Global
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  • Andreas P Rauch
  • 11/10/2017

Best "Suarez" since "Daemoin"

Some 30 years down the road, privacy has become a thing of the past, and genetic editing of embryos a Trillion Dollar business. Ethical and legal edits heal genetic defects. But some parents want more...

Suarez' main character, whose fate we follow, works with Interpol and against an international biohacking cartell. Needless to say - he gets into a lot of highly entertaining trouble (entertaining for us, his opinion might differ). But that provides just a thread to Keep us involved: Suarez' real star is the highly evolved future world which reflects the consequences of leading-edge technologies, both in the biotech as in the computer field. Highly plausible as well as highly surprising - and Suarez delivers the details and implications masterfully.

The result is a highly entertaining science thriller - science fiction in the best sense, with a heavy emphasize on ideas. This audio book is filled to the brink with stuff worth thinking about, ethical and social condundrums by the dozen. While the future will certainly look different from what Suarez imagined - it always does, after all -, a lot of the issues and questions he sheds light on will hugely influence it.

A good thriller, well told, but first and foremost a superb reflection on what potentials our recent biotech discoveries hold.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • C.
  • 11/08/2017

Großes Thema - kleine Umsetzung

Ich bin echter Suarez Fan, weil er normalerweise viel Zukunftstechnik spannend und unfassend in eine Story einbindet. Bei diesen echt heiklen Thema hatte ich eher das Gefühl, dass es umgekehrt war: die Story mit ein paar Prisen Technologie versehen. Jede einzelne Prise wäre so allerdings groß, dass sie allein für ein Buch ausgereicht hätte.
Geht man an das Buch heran, weil man einfach eine Geschichte sucht, dann kann man es lesen/hören. Will man einen echten Suarez, dann ist es meiner Meinung nach eher schwach.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • el:ch
  • 23/07/2017

enttäuschend niveaulos

Angepriesen als meisterlicher Science Fiction-Roman, entpuppt sich das Werk rasant als billige Niederschrift einschlägiger Genre-Filmszenen (inklusive Verfolgungsjagden, spritzendem Blut und haarscharfer Rettungen). Ich finde keine Worte für die hier ausgebreiteten Banalitäten. Ja, der Plot enthält sehr hübsche Ideen bezüglich künftiger Technologieentwicklung. Jedoch - wer braucht ernsthaft konventionelle Beschreibungen von Messerstechereien in einem SciFi-Thriller??

Es ist mir bekannt, dass anspruchsvolle SciFi-Romane selten und dünn gesät sind. Ich werde weitersuchen.

Wer auf Niederschriften aktueller mainstream-cinematischer Sehgewohnheiten hofft - der ist mit diesem Schinken gut bedient...

Keine gute Empfehlung, Audible - schade um das Guthaben!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CrazyCoconut
  • 02/09/2018

A good and thrilling mix of sci and fi

The story starts slow and when it accelerates it will be more and more difficult to take a break

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Olaf
  • 03/05/2018

Awful voice. Great story. Much better in German.

Awful voice. Great story. What a shame. Much better in German. Go für the German version of you can. It's much more natural.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Kreißl
  • 16/11/2017

interesting. well read and colorful

versatile voice. good speed even for non us or British native listeners.
the story too soon turns out to end a classic obvious way . happy end for some.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Johannes
  • 03/10/2017

Awesome

This book is as awesome as the other ones were already. You should defiantly hear it. With brilliant thoughts how the future could look like and great details.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stefan
  • 28/07/2017

nicht der beste Suarez, trotzdem gut

die Messlatte hat der Autor mit seinen anderen Romanen selbst sehr hoch gelegt, ganz heran kommt diese Geschichte nicht, was sie allerdings nicht schmälern soll, immer noch toll und spannend geschrieben, wer sie sich anhört wird sicherlich auf keinen Fall enttäuscht werden...