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already been pointed out, the book is filled with inaccurate information from the Bible, which the author is using as a historical document.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...
A wonderfully complex novel that smoothly weaves many subplots and loose ends into a magnificent tapestry. Stephenson floats to top level of speculative fiction writers with an ease that belies the virtuosity of his work. His characters are individuals who balance on an edge of graphic novel hyperbole and yet are grounded by real human background and emotional interactions. No plot summary here, it would be an injustice to the reader and an impossibility for this writer. However, to end with mentioning the heights of satire herein achieved would be a disservice. Any reader who undertakes the challenge of Snow Crash will be rewarded well beyond their effort.
what was presented as a group of detached scenes offers very little personalization into the characters. which im sure works for others but i was so over it by the 8th chapter that this book was still using these snippets to set the scene without seeming to have any contiguous or meaningful story line that i lost patience with it and deleted it.
i am sure it will click better for others. but it was so observer focused and lacked a motivative narrative to hold my attention.
Excellent writing. The author shared a fascinating vision of the future. The plot was exciting and never dull. Jonathan Davis's narration was superb. I especially enjoyed his tone when he was reading from the point of view of "the rat thing."
Book itself was boring, used dumb words (bimbo box for vans? was this written by an 8 year old?). Goes off on tangents that are uninteresting and do not advance the plot. reading was terrible, horrible quality (think 80s movie trailer quality) and the cut scenes tongues and laser sound also sounded like the 80s. Only book an audible (45+) that I would want my money back.
I don't know who I would recommend it to. I guess hard core cyberpunk sci-fi fans may like this more than I did? I have liked other cyberpunk stories like Neuromancerin the past, but I thought this book was terrible.
I don't have any suggestions. I really disliked this book from beginning to end. The future world suggested by Stephenson seemed so unrealistic and silly. I had no attachment to the characters at all...I slogged through it all and it never got better.
Performance was adequate. My problem with the book was primarily content.
Most of them.
This book came highly recommended from other sci fi readers I know. But I really hated this book. I actually listened to the last 40% of it on 2x speed just to get it over with quicker.
Interesting setting, like-able character, main plot line quite interesting
-Author has a major case of ADD and suddenly picks some useless thing to describe for a long time on multiple occasions.
-The relationships that "just happen" seem very unlikely
-The main plot doesn't really kick in until about half way through the book
Chapters in audible are not chapters of the book