My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
By far, this is my favorite sci-fi title. It is so good! I read it a few years ago, but forgot the story. The second time is even better. It's like remembering your first kiss again. Stoked!
When Audible had this book drastically on sale, I had to purchase it and have it in my library. After reading it again, there is no doubt that this is my favorite cyberpunk novel of all times.
For those of you who knows Neal Stephenson's writing, we understand that "Snow Crash" is always being compare to his recent titles and we always compare and contrast his new material to this classic.
It's one remarkable reads that you have to pick up, period, and end of story. Imagine being an English major and not reading the classics, like Charles Dickens.
Snow Crash is a mandatory read to build the imaginations of any techno geek and sci-fi fan.
Once you start the book, you won't put it down because the characters and their world will start expanding your mind and it will make you want to read more science fiction that is much more in depth.
I cannot wait when my kids start coming to me for suggestions of what to read, and their favorite geeky uncle can give them Snow Crash to start them off right in this genre.
The Snow Crash audio book holds up to repeated listening. It is the only book I have on permanent rotation on my iPod. His dystopian vision of the future is compelling, amusing, prescient, and thought provoking.
No one writes like Neal Stephenson. His density of description and thought is incredible.
I laughed, I cried, I thought mostly about capitalism, weak government, economics, mathematics, biblical studies, language - an intellectual tour de force all in a compelling sword play story.
I liked that his dystopian future was less dire and dark than others. It almost seemed fun until you really thought about it. The quick ending was not my favorite.
Jonathan Davis did a nice job.
A fun book for scifi people or fans of The Matrix.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Neil Stephenson fan, obviously.
The setting for the story is a futuristic earth, not too far from now. Many of the ideas regarding the world situation are very plausible. I recognized the ideas of Alvin Toffler. Countries replaced by Corporate and Quasi-National states. Narco-Political and other criminal factions. Characters so well fleshed-out, you cannot help being pulled into the story.
Hero Protagonist and Y.T. were extremely well done.
Anyone who likes the works of William Gibson, and of course, Neil Stephenson will love this.
When I first started this book, I was bored, and not really interested in the ideas as presented. I'm glad I stuck with it, however, because the depth of this book turned out to be amazing. Excellent read.
This book has the best first chapter of any book I've ever read.
The story combines computer hacking, sword fighting, corruption, religion, and dystopian future in a way that's easy to imagine. As a hacker I found the book interesting, although the descriptions are simple enough for anyone to follow. I did find some of the etymology a bit tedious, but the historical and mythological elements were enjoyable.
Stephenson did an outstanding job of writing in the voice of his characters, and Davis gave extremely convincing performances for each of them. This is the best narration I've listened to on an audible book yet.
When god made me he broke the mold out of frustration. That is what i believe if i believed in god that is. but i em a kind and interesting person who has a lot of interests. some cool some not so cool but i do not care because i live my life the way i wont to I follow my own path. i em an artist and love what i do. i watch way to much TV but i must emit it is in my genetics. both my father and grandfather watched way to much TV. ; )
yes and i have to all my friends. as a game designer this book was this beginning of the work and field i am in. it all so is a great story with a new way of thinking
I love this book. It's funny, exciting, cool, interesting, and very imaginative. On top of how good the book is on it's own, Jonathan Davis performs it very well. I've since listened to books just because he is the reader, and I've never been disappointed. Everyone should listen to this book.
I've searched for others that are similar to Snow Crash, but aside from other Neal Stephenson books, there really aren't any quite like it. He has a style and voice that I find refreshing, and very fun to listen to. It's modern, it's funny, it's interesting, but I think there's something else to it that is hard to describe. I think part of it is he writes in a normal comfortable language (for the most part). There are so many authors that try to impress readers with over the top vocabulary and imagery, and that's really just not my thing. Stephenson does, however, get off on a tangent sometimes, but in Snow crash I think it works because the tangent is usually funny, or describing the world a little more in a way that is actually entertaining. Other than that it moves along pretty quickly.
His other books I liked:
- The Diamond Age is set in the same world as Snow Crash but about 50 years later. I have to say though, It's not like Snow Crash. It's a very good book, but it was a little bit more slow, a little less funny, and not as cool and exciting. It was still very good though. I think I liked it because it was a good plot in a cool futuristic world.
- Zodiac was good. Fast moving, interesting plot, decent reader, and while its not futuristic or science fictional at all, it has more of a Snow Crash feel to it than most others.
-Cryptonomicon: I have yet to get through this one. I've listened to about half, and there are parts I like a lot, but I couldn't figure out where the plot was headed and It just doesn't move fast enough for me. I've heard that the Baroque Cycle books are similar.
- Anathem - I liked this one a lot. I would say it's comparable to the Diamond Age. It's set in a weird futuristic world and it follows an interesting plot.
- Reamde - This was very good, but very different than his other novels. I saw an interview with Stephenson and he said his approach at this book was just to focus on the plot, and that he did. It's long and twisted and takes you all over the world. It's set i think in 2010 or 2011, and takes into account our current technologies, like cell phones, google, wikipedia, and he makes the characters act like real people with common sense. So, no character ever acts out in an odd way just because it's convenient to the plot. The reader is pretty good and does accents very well.
Some of my favorite non-Stephenson audio books are, just about anything by Orsen Scott Card, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and Skinny Dip by Carl Haissen. None of these are much like Neal Stephenson but they are all very good.
They all were really good. Sushi K's rapping was funny.
This book is great as a starter for Stephenson in my opinion. It has everything I come to expect from his books from having read some of the others, but it's a little bit less thick with arcane knowledge and obscure references. Personally I had a blast reading it and seeing where it seemed dated in places, but spot on in others. A great read if you liked Metatropolis. The ending was a little abrupt for me, but that tends to be a bit of a continuing theme in Stephenson books and so I only took away the one star in my review for that.
I recently listened to Neuromancer by William Gibson, and it was just as good as I remembered having read it as a young adult. Looking for something similar, I tried Snow Crash. I found the humor lame, the characters flimsy, and the writing generally immature. Its like Stephenson constantly wants to show how clever he is. I stopped listening after the first download.