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Change Agent Audiobook

Change Agent: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Andreas Molgaard 29/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "cool theme shallow plot and characters"

    it could have been great, had all the right ingredients. It's world setting was interesting too but characters and story was unoriginal and full of needless clichés.Seemed obviously aimed at American block buster movie fame at the expense of the originality. The decent dramatisation kept me going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Public 04/07/2017
    Joe Public 04/07/2017
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    "Cheezy-sleazy Happy End"

    After reading other books by Suarez I was expecting similar performance. This one is below the ground. Beginning is interesting, but half way through the book you can tell how it'll all finish. And such a cheezy happy-end - suitable for easy-read-fifty-shades-of-grey novellas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abdullmm London, United Kingdom 29/10/2017
    Abdullmm London, United Kingdom 29/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "thought provoking"

    Jeff Gurner's performance is fantastic. He makes the story really come to life. A typical Suarez book. Good

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    David Stokes Ireland 07/10/2017
    David Stokes Ireland 07/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "good but"

    it was good. the narrator was amazing. but the story is long winded and drags out to many things. The build up to the end was long a d then the actual ending seemed rushed.

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    D WALLASEY, United Kingdom 02/10/2017
    D WALLASEY, United Kingdom 02/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Daniel Suarez does it again "

    Another great vision of the near future. Totally believable, a great read. Tech near future sci fi at its best.

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    Amazon Customer England 05/08/2017
    Amazon Customer England 05/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A real page turner"

    A good sci fi yarn, which I romped through. The performance was great too. Recommended.

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    Dr. S. Blanchard West Yorkshire, UK. 02/08/2017
    Dr. S. Blanchard West Yorkshire, UK. 02/08/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "A thought provoking thriller (as always)"

    Since being introduced to Genetic engineering in my biochemistry course at university in 88 I have always been enthralled at the developments in this field.

    This book coupled a well researched background to a thrilling story making a great listen. The narrator did a good job and didn't interfere with the pace of the novel.

    Daniel Suarez has become a must read author to any sci/tech fan.

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    Rosbif35 Exeter, UK 04/07/2017
    Rosbif35 Exeter, UK 04/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent techno thriller"

    loved it. really engaging. excellent premise. good techno science. liked the supporting cast and the main character.

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    Matt E 30/06/2017
    Matt E 30/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written"

    Great concept for a book
    Love this kind of story
    Nice neat narration and great characters

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    John 11/06/2017
    John 11/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    some very interesting ideas, with a good plot, good characters and a good narrator

    a couple of plot twists require some suspension of disbelief, but nothing too far and they let the story explore different aspects of its big idea

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  • Christopher
    CAPE CORAL, FL, United States
    23/04/17
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    "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
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    28/06/17
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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Georgette McConnell
    10/06/17
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    "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."

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    24/04/17
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vipage
    Earth
    07/05/17
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    "Great story with a seemingly rushed ending."

    I loved the progression of the story, but the end felt rushed to the degree that when the antagonist finally gets his due, its anticlimactic. Bummer.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Lyons
    Lynn, MA
    11/07/17
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/07/17
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    "Fantasy not science"

    Suarez has shown in previous books that his biology is poor, but here it matters and as a result the story truly fails. The idea of a criminal organization eclipsing all other organizations with their biotech is completely unbelievable. Especially considering the complexities are significantly greater than Suarez realizes.Even with the deus ex machina of a secret government program. It comes off as if he read a newspaper article on CRISPR and then wrote the whole thing without any true understanding. And the chirality garbage was just ridiculous. It comes across as poor man's Frankenstein.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • NotMe
    07/05/17
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    "love all of Daniel Suarez's stuff with Jeff Gurner"

    really great performance by Jeff Gurner can't wait until the next book hopefully it will be out soon

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carl
    West Palm Beach, FL, United States
    29/06/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sebastian misiurek
    21/06/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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