The generation gap is obvious with this book. It was only after listening to the 2nd part that I understood the 1st part. I had to listen to it several times to completely understand it. The book is filled with detail. In some cases, the details have details. In many cases the details have nothing to do with the story line. They are simply there as details. The first part of the book had the effect of trying to put me to sleep.
The book has a negative view of just about everything.
As has already been pointed out, the book is filled with inaccurate information from the Bible, which the author is using as a historical document. While I grew up knowing the Bible extremely well, I have not been religious in any sense of the word in my adult life. It doesn't matter if you are religious or not religious, this part of the book will offend you.
I felt the concepts of this book were weak, and I would not recommend this book. However, in listening to the things that my 23 old daughter likes, as well as my 22 year nephew, I am sure that people in their early 20s will love this book...
I put off reading Stephenson for years, and I'm so happy I've finally decided to read them. This book was fun from beginning to end. I wish I was part of the family with Uncle Enzo!
I am writing this on a phone, so I will make it brief. Th narrator did an amazing job, and is probably the only reason I finished the story. And I am cheap, so it's my money and all, I might as well listen. The story though was just...lacking. Reality has surpassed his original ideas, other authors have taken the VR/Internet concept MUCH further (check out Ready Player One), and the story just never really wraps up in a way you can care about. It's actually kind of a corny ending really. Sure, that leaves you to your imagination, which is sometimes better (see The Matrix Trilogy as an example of how to completely and mercilessly maul a great story), and maybe that's more of a Japanese story sort of approach. That's fine if that's what you intend, but this is more like an excuse used by a fat girl at a McDonalds shamefully asking for an order to be super sized after the cashier checks her waist line than what the author probably intended. Could have been wrapped up better. Even more cliche even, there were just a lot of loose ends and "who cares?" by the time the story finishes. Maybe he thought there would be a sequel. Maybe there is. I don't know and don't even care enough to find out. I will probably never listen to this book again honestly, which is kind of a shame, because I am a cheap SOB and would love to get more mileage from this but won't.
If you want to dive headfirst into a thrilling adventure novel with loads of action and cool science, you will not be disappointed; however, if you want something with philosophical meat that makes you think, look elsewhere.
I was immediately hooked in by the brilliantly hilarious pizza delivery sequence and the sci-fi description of hero's loadout.
The entire story is well contained, with great mystery and one of the best reveal I've read. (yup that meeting in the metaverse was my favorite part.
Overall i would recommend this book to anyone who loves scifi and mystery.
The sound quality of the recording wasn't very good. I understand the reason why they wanted to break up the chapters with that weird Babble nonsense sound but it was jarring annoying. The voice actor that read it was very good I enjoyed the way he articulated the characters
Amazing storyline. I've been dying to read more in the scifi-vr-steampunk realm, but unfortunately its pretty limited. First time I listened to the book was a year ago, just getting started on my 2nd time through it.