Story is fun in parts but gets bogged down in b-grade tv type explanations of the plot for large sections of the book.
If you enjoy the TV show CSI then you'll love those parts because they read like a cheap CSI script, but thank god there is fast-forward button on Audible.
Jonathan Davis as the narrator is the saving grace.
Neal Stephenson has a very good feel for modern technologies and uses it to bring realism to his stories. As someone who used to work as a physicist, I like it.
Overall the narration was good and the voicings of the characters were adequate. I deducted a star due to the flagrant mispronunciation of some words (kludge does not rhyme with fudge for heavens sakes). This is an expensive purchase, so the quality control is pretty poor. But if you can get past wincing every now and then it's a pretty good rendition.
Yes l would I actually have his other book and loved it but I tried to listen to this book twice and just couldn't get through it. I had very high hopes for it, I wanted to love it so many other people did. I just won't do it to myself anymore. Don't take this review as perfect you can try the book and return it if you don't like it and don't wait too long!
No it is my favorite genre and seldom find books that I don't like. I tried it didn't work for me.
Well if you read this far you can guess none.
Though I've heard of this book previously and know about it's early imaginings of VR and the Internet, I listened to it recently for the first time. I was surprised by its relevance and how well the story has aged, it would have been nice if the last 24 years had rendered this future entirely implausible but It' still very relevant to us now and there's a lot to consider. On a less serious note, this is a very entertaining and colourful story!
Really fun story but i wish i had read the paper back book before listening to the the audio book. just too much detail to really enjoy over an audiobook.
What do you even say about yourself on an audio book site? I like books? I don't have time to read anymore so I listen?
But the narration was just so dull. I found myself finishing the series as a written book rather than the audiobook.
Plot wise this book has everything I could want out of a science fiction series. Action, romance, virtual reality, and a cocky headstrong main character.
The Chaotic beginning takes a really long time to calm down into the story. When we finally do get to the story it goes really deep into a very odd, Davinci Code, type conspiracy that seems out of place with the 1st 1/2.
The world created is entertaining but incomplete. The Characters just seem so isolated from the world they live in, as if the world adapts to the needs of the story rather than the story taking place in a complete world. Honestly, it is hard to explain what I liked and disliked about this book because I'm still not sure I've recovered from reading it!