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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Abridged edition (Jan. 20 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559279834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559279833
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 127 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,553,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Until the whole thing happened, I never believed the old line about how you should be careful what you wish for, because you might get it. Read the first page
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By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an enjoyable read for me mainly because I've work in a large corporation and could relate it to the culture aspect that was depicted. Finder adequately captured cube farm monotony and IT culture, which I find fascinating.

At times it seemed like the notion of paranoia was being forced into the main character. That could have been build up a bit more in the beginning to convince reader's that this was an organic character trait of Adam's.

Some of the reviews I read commented negatively on the misuse of grammar and the ending. Those weren't issues for me. Adam spoke exactly in the way that someone his age would, and grammar wouldn't necessarily factor into that. And as for the ending - I took it for what it was, and enjoyed the fact that Adam was completely dumbfounded by it after all of his own underhandedness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 18 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading Paranoia. It was one of those books that I just couldn't put down once I started. Its about a young man, working as a low-level corporate blue-collar type. One day, he throws a party for a friend, using his company's funds, and this gets him into a lot of trouble. His company blackmails him to become a spy for their biggest rival. This is when things get interesting...
The book has a shocking twist that I didn't see coming. The author is great in the way he makes all the tiny details click in the end, when the truth is revealed. This is a skill that many authors lack.
The only downside to the book, in my opinion, is the ending. It leaves off with the main character not making a decision about his future, which in a way is good, as it lets the reader's immagination fill in the blanks. But for me, the ending was a bit weak. But overall, Paranoia is certainly worth reading!
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By Nick Fabris on March 16 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Loved the book right up to the end when the main character is just walking away. Where was he going and what happens to him?? I could accept this ending if there was a sequel to give the reader some closure as to what this character ends up doing. The poor ending was a total disappointment and would stop me from recommending this book.
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Format: Paperback
I started Paranoia 2 days ago and finished all 503 pages this afternoon. I love Adam Cassidy. He's risk-taking, he's charming, he's very funny and the perfect main character to keep me from sleeping.
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By A Customer on Feb. 6 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All I can say that this book is excellent, unput-downable from the very first sentence. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a 4-star plot burdened by 1-star writing. Other few-star reviews have already pointed out the weaknesses of the writing, and i concur. I would actually get angry as i read, seeing such a fabulous plot idea wasted away. Wait for the movie.
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Format: Hardcover
The writing and character development are just good enough to keep this novel interesting. The premise that a high-tech company can transform one of its low-level slackers into enough of a whiz-kid to fool another high-tech firm into hiring him may seem a bit unlikely. If you assume that our slacker hero, Adam Cassidy, is really a natural con artist unaware of these talents until forced by happenstance to find his true calling, then it seems more plausible. The fact that the phony resumé he is provided paints him as a major contributor to one of his former employer's key programs makes it understandable that a rival firm would take him aboard.
Once inside his new employer's place, the machinations and subterfuges he employs to gather the information he's after make for exciting times, indeed. Along the way, of course, he elevates his standard of living several levels, runs afoul of various mysterious and nasty characters who threaten his mission. and meets and beds a stunning babe, all for the sake of espionage.
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By nobizinfla on July 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
While Joseph Finder's "Paranoia" is a formulaic thriller (complete with a hard to buy premise), populated with stock characters, needless cliches and many too many lucky coincidences, I could not help but enjoy it.
It is pop culture eye candy...an easy reading Silicon Valley techno-espionage plot with built in momentum.
Underachiever deluxe, Adam Cassidy is forced into going to work for his employer's biggest rival as a corporate mole.
Adam is placed in the midst of a dangerous maze on his double-dealing mission filled with encrypted messages, blind drops and key tracking devices. Naturally his peculiar sense of justice kicks in as he finds "a home" at his new company.
"Paranoia" provides an interesting and wickedly amusing look at corporate culture from the cube farms to the executive conference rooms...and the high-tech shoptalk and buzzword lend credibility.
In fact, Adam's voice, outlook and situation will captivate anyone who has been a wage slave.
Like the John Grisham novels, Adam is a naive and ambitious young guy enticed by temptation...and we observe how he comes to terms with it.
A harmless diversion...it is fun while it lasts, but leaves no lasting impression.
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