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3.00152777777778 out of 53.00152777777778 out of 53.00152777777778 out of 53.00152777777778 out of 53.00152777777778 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Jon Williams Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dagmar Shaw Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470328221
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By day, Dagmar Shaw orchestrates vast games with millions of players spanning continents. By night, she tries to forget the sound of a city collapsing in flames around her. She tries to forget the faces of her friends as they died in front of her. She tries to forget the blood on her own hands.

But then an old friend approaches Dagmar with a project. The project he pitches is so insane and so ambitious, she cant possibly say no. But this new venture will lead her from the world of alternate-reality gaming to one even more complex—a world in which the players are soldiers and spies…and the name of the game is survival. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 2/19/2014

    " This novel is closer to the book I wanted This Is Not a Game to be, and very relevant to today's headlines about social-media enabled unrest, but could have used more insight about open source warfare from John Robb's excellent nonfiction Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization, and a better understanding of network protocols. But it was still enjoyable and thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/7/2014

    " Tense techno-thriller featuring a "social media" led and managed revolution. There are a few points both technical and political that didn't feel quite plausible enough to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trinity | 2/3/2014

    " The story was engaging, and the plot was intricate, but the ending left a lot to be desired. As much tension as this story had going for it, I ran out of pages to read before the story really ran out. The main bad guys got their comeuppance in about 5 lines, less than 5 pages from the end, and Dagmar's final encounter didn't carry the same immersion or weight as the rest of the story, or the entire previous book. I certainly like the characters in these stories, and might consider reading more with them, but based on this book, that's an iffy proposition for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Biggs | 1/23/2014

    " Initially intriguing story and characters. Got bogged down with technical details originally meant to enhance the story but over shadowing it instead. Not a waste of time but not worth a reread either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Kay | 1/14/2014

    " Good, but not as good as TINAG. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Stevenson | 12/22/2013

    " Brilliant. Maybe not quite as good as the first one, but still first-rate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/16/2013

    " Not quite as good as "This is not a Game" in some ways, but quite an intriguing idea. Although it's a totally different kind of book, and not even really science fiction, it could go next to "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" on the "how to run a revolution" shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/15/2013

    " WJW must have the worst agent in the world for this not to be more famous given the main plot predates the (ick) "Facebook Revolutions". Not his best book, but that still makes it better than most of the stuff I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/4/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first book, but still enjoyable. It makes you look at the 'Arab Spring' revolutions in a whole new light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitchell | 9/27/2013

    " A good read but nowhere as good as the first book. Still, lots of good ideas here. And how often do you get to see DOS and ATDT modem commands in a modern book anyway. I do appreciate a damaged character acting damaged (poor Dagmar). 4.5 of 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 5/17/2013

    " Another step into ARG creator Dagmar's life, this time with her orchestrating a foreign revoltuion. Loved seeing how the internet can be used to manipulate and inspire. There was a lot going on in terms of politics which at points was hard to keep track of, but overall enjoyed following the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 4/5/2013

    " This was a disappointing sequel to "This is Not a Game". The premise is that Dagmar Shaw, a designer of world wide LARPs has been recruited to design a game that will help to overthrow the repressive government of Turkey. The situation seemed contrived and the computer science unlikely at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jes | 2/23/2013

    " Fast paced, pithy, geeky and a strong female lead. What else could I ask for? The political intrigue, complicated relationships, and the geektastic intelligence eminating from most of the cast of characters was just as exciting as the rest of the plot. At least for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josiah | 2/12/2013

    " While I liked the first book better, I am interested in the protagonist's further adventures. Though I think I would prefer a new book entirely. I like the writer's true believer approach to technology. While I don't share his zeal, the excitement is contagious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Graham | 2/9/2013

    " Unfortunately caught by the events of the Arab Spring, though still more than just that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy S | 12/31/2012

    " I really enjoyed "This is not a game" but "Deep State," while an enjoyable read, didn't add much for me. This seemed like a rerun.... "

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About the Author
Author Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams has been nominated for every major science fiction award, including Hugo and Nebula award nominations for his novel City on Fire. His books include The Sundering, The Praxis, Destiny’s Way, and The Rift. He lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Jefferson Mays has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audio narrations. He is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California–San Diego.