Review From User :
Set in the world of (very) high finance, investment funds, and hedge funds at the time of the so-called 'Flash Crash' of 2010 - this is very much a dark and murky world of power, corruption and lies.
'The Fear Index' by Robert Harris is an excellent and all too believable financial thriller - brilliantly conceived, well written and intelligently executed. This is an unusually contemporary setting for Harris, but unlike 'The Ghost' (Harris not at his strongest) - 'The Fear Index' stands alongside many of Harris' best (historical) novels. It is compelling, engaging and feels all too frighteningly feasible - this is a novel where the world of high finance, market prediction and manipulation meets those of high science, artificial intelligence, machine-learning algorithms and much more besides.
Whilst many argue about the implausibility of a scenario such as that depicted in 'The Fear Index' - particularly in terms of the real power and 'intelligence' of financial computer systems and I am certainly not best judged to pass comment - other than to say - let us consider the exponential rise in computing power achieved in even just the last 10 years, so who knows how far way the computer 'intelligence' and 'self-learning' depicted in this novel actually are
The feasibility of the central computer based element to Harris' narrative aside, whichever way it's viewed, this is undoubtedly a first rate crime thriller from the great Robert Harris - highly recommended.
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 12 hours and 5 minutes
All 12 Audio files here: – > http://vk.cc/381iCr
“Never underestimate the power of a good story.”
Good advice… especially when a story can kill you.
For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected – perhaps infected is a better word – by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.
That’s where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you’re dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn’t matter if you’re Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.
Indexing is Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.