Snow Crash is a cornerstone of the cyberpunk genre. Funny, dark, cerebral, complicated, prescient in many ways, and always fascinating, the book's grungy alternate reality is brought to life through Stephenson's unique use of language and Jonathan Davis' riveting performance. The vocabulary of the book--"burbclave," "bimbo box," "loglo," "biomass," etc--still colors my own lexicon to this day.
An awesome book. I loved it ! Well developed characters and an engaging storyline that is sufficiently complex but not confusing. I think the mother's storyline could have finished off a bit better, I'm left wondering the outcome but this is such a minor complaint.
The slightly future internet-connected envisioned dystopian world comes to life with compelling characters and an amusing but well crafted story line that does not disappoint.
I struggled to finish due to racist voices for certain characters and mispronouncing some ethnic terms.
I picked this up thinking it was pure cyberpunk, but it drones on with religious explanations and is more show than tell.
I actually love other books Jonathan Davis has narrated and think he's fantastic. But for some reason, the production quality on this copy is terrible. It sounds like he read it over the phone and it made it too difficult for me to be able to finish.
I really wanted to like this after all of the great things I had heard about it. I think the story is creative, but it just didn't hook me. It feels like a bunch of individually weird stories that finally come together to one really weird one. Maybe that's what the author was going for. I am still not sure why I finished it. Ultimately, I couldn't keep my mind from wandering while it was playing. Maybe this is a book better read than listened to.
I've tried really hard to like Neal Stephenson. This is my 3rd Stephenson work and I think I've accepted his stuff isn't for me. Snow Crash - like his other work - is an interesting and expansive world. Characterization is pretty weak and few of the players are fully fleshed out, and it was difficult for me to align with or empathize or even dislike any of them. Plot and the plot structure were great, as was the prose, but there are so many big ideas that it's easy to get lost in the narrative without strong characters to anchor a reader in the story.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
3 is OK.
4 is good.
5 is excellent.
This was ok but that's just not good enough anymore. Audible has such a rich trove of literature that even though there are spots of really interesting reading -- I still end the book feeling that I've wasted my time. 😱