I've read Snowcrash before but I found this time it was difficult to follow the story. The author is obviously quite intelligent and has a lot of interesting historical information to add but listening to it was almost overwhelming.The middle of the story gets bogged down with an earful of information regarding languages and religion which is both interesting but somewhat frustrating to listen to ( at least in my experience). The transitions between chapters I also found quite distracting and unnecessary. For some reason the quality of sound was also quite poor which has not been my experience with other books from Audible ( I would imagine it's an older recording).
The narrator was excellent and the only reason I kept on listening to this long winded and overly complex story.
An English narrated Whodunnit. Ngaio Marsh?
Not that I recall.
Most of the beginning chapters.
I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me and I found myself looking forward to getting back in the car to hear more.
The author weaves mythical and biblical themes in a way I hadn't heard before.
I would not go to the theater to see this movie, it's so outlandish they'd probably cut all the wrong things.
nerd, biker, finnish, middle-aged and cool
The story is intriguing and probably enjoyable, but the recording quality let me down. It's possible that I won't listen the book all the way to end.
The voice of the narrator is OK, but I have no idea how such a recording has been done. The voice sounds like the recording was made inside a small cardboard box with cheapest possible microphone on a C-cassette. Pity.
I would put Snow Crash near the top of the audio books I've listened to so far.
Of the many characters, I come back to Hiro, our protaganist. He is a scimitar weilding pizza delivery man. His chapters are my favorite.
Like most audiobooks I took awhile to get used to his delivery and cadence. Once i was "in" it was a smooth ride. I was perturbed at first with the chapter sound effects, but they grew on me.
This is worth the listen.
My favorite future
The way the author predicted so many things about the future if communications via a story 20+ years ago. It was detailed and fun. I ran through 17 hours in just a couple work days.
This is my second time listening to this book. My first was over a decade ago when I rented it from the local library.
It's a great story, nice scifi/cyberpunk elements, and a good companion to Diamond Age.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Neal Stephenson has a wild imagination and my only fear is his vision of the future becomes a reality.
Snow Crash jumps in and out of a virtual reality world and a not-so-distant future where there are no laws, neighborhoods are protected by a grandfatherly mobster named Uncle Enzo. The primary plot of the book surrounds a virus called Snow Crash.
I will not get into what makes Snow Crash so special but will say the ramifications of this virus to change humankind is great, but not necessarily for the better. As with most Stephenson books, you will be taking a history lesson, enjoy some good sword fighting and enjoy characters that are clearly a result of their surroundings, rather than their upbringing.
In a world where there are no real rules, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. I personally enjoyed this aspect of the book ad felt Jonathan Davis did an excellent job in voicing the characters to drive home this unique aspect of the book.
While I thought Jonathan Davis did a good job as the narrator, there were too many times where he had to pause and come back, with his voice clearly showing it. This was a bit distracting but did not ruin the book in any way.
Get ready to learn a whole lot of out there terms and character names and get sucked into this new world. Be prepared to pay a lot of attention when listening or you won't even notice when someone is in the virtual world or in the 'real' world. There is just enough fun in the book to keep things from getting too dark.
Another great novel by Neal Stephenson.
The ending, wanted more. And the music that was used to begin chapters, not too found of that.
His performance was good.