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This book has action, adventure, an intriguing sci-fi concept, and humor. A great performance keeps it moving forward at a quick pace. Essential reading for those interested in the cyberpunk genre, a great counterpoint to William Gibson's "Neuromancer."
No. Snow Crash is a book that works much better "read" novel than "listened." Stephenson is VERY discursive; whole chapters are really nothing but lectures - often very interesting when read but very tedious and, really, rather pretentious when listened to. Much of the humor evaporated in the audio version, which I think is primarily the fault of Jonathan Davis whose performance is terrible precious and mannered. Some books reveal more of them selves when read well - I've just listened to Gibson's "Zero History" and appreciated Gibson's ability to sum up salient points in a sharp sentence as opposed to Stephenson's taking chapters to do the same thing. (I've read most of Stephenson - though got very tired of the Baroque Cycle - and all of Gibson).
well i'm quite curious about how both The Diamond Age and Cryptonomicron fare as audio books. I very much enjoyed both and each has a reader other than Davis.
Neal Stephenson has creating a unique and fascinating future, and the book is worth the time just for that experience. I was just a little disappointed with the construct of the story, however. It's "realistic" enough to make the story work, but in the end it took just one step too far for me to maintain my suspension of disbelief.
But despite that I have to say I don't often come across a story this creative, with this much obvious time and effort put into building the world and the society, and an extremely complex plot. So I have to give the author huge props for the effort, and for the result.
I know it's a lot easier to criticize than to create, and just because I wasn't personally bowled-over doesn't mean other readers won't be. I don't regret getting this, and if you're a sci-fi fan there is definitely something unique and special here, and it's worth a listen.
Thought-provoking, creative, fun
A good mix of mystery and SF.
A wild ride in a small boat fighting pernicious enemy.
A complicated, intricate story with interesting characters. A little behind current times because of its publication date, but not enough to cause a problem. Reading this in the 21st century is strange, because you are reading about a contemporary but different and disptopian world. Great story.
Considered "post-cyberpunk", Snow Crash exists in a world that won't be unfamiliar to fans of Gibson and Philip K. Dick, with a generous splash of Jennifer Government thrown in for good measure, though it has much more of a twisting, conspiracy-laden narrative that--as much as I hate to say it--reminded me of the Da Vinci code. Well written, well read, and it's sending me straight back to Neal Stephenson for my next audiobook.
If you like this, I also recommend Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Yes - I liked the pacing and characters
The story is interesting because of its futuristic setting and the way it moves in and out of reality and the game (metaverse).
Before I bought this book I read a review that said that people will either love or hate this book. Not quite true for me, but I can see how some would find it confusing or not be able to relate to the on-line life.
This falls in with Reamde and Ready Player One - those are superior books, but I enjoyed this one.
I might lister to this again. There were lots of details in this book and I'm sure I missed some.
The way the author completely reimagined the United States was very creative.
A tough call, but I'd say it was just as good.
Reminds me a lot of William Gibson, but Gibson's voice is very, very dark, whereas Stephenson injects a lot of humor in his descriptions and dialogue.
Delivering the pizza and getting lost. Very funny.
One of the signs of his talent is how he weaves a plot out of Assyrian and Babylonian languages, throws some biblical references in, and it is impossible to determine what is factual and what is shear fantasy. You know there is a kernel of truth in there somewhere, but it is all so seamless, who can determine where his imagination kicks in? Really thought provoking.
His voicing and switching between a variety of distinct sounding characters in the novel is quite impressive.