Good story that was well narrated. . .but I feel like Neal couldn't make up his mind about how over the top he wanted to be. I am glad he dialed back down (mostly) after the Deliverator loses his job and kept most of that noise in the metaverse because it's hard to take seriously in meatspace. At least self-lampooning the over the top opening would have made Hiro more relatable despite his silly surname name. Or do the whole book in honest Marvel style. I didn't expect to like YT, but I did. Fido deserved better and I felt cheated by the vague resolution between Enzo and Raven. A decent take with weak bookends, I guess. Not "teh awsum" cyberpunk I was led to expect.
This was my second attempt at a Neal Stephenson novel and I think yet again his writting style struggles to captivate me in anyway. I found myself struggling to finish Snow Crash while not caring at all about any of the characters. I understood what was happening but nothing seemed to really matter. There were however parts that stood out as interesting, but it quickly fell flat again as more and more of the same information was fed, lending nothing useful to the story or reader.
Many have given this book high ratings (along with Seveneves (the other Neal Stephenson book I referred to above) and you may as well thoroughly enjoy each of these books, but if you're like me you'll have a difficult time getting through them.
if you remember the Internet before there was a web, the future as seen in Snow Crash, published in 1994, will give you an interesting look at the future from that time. the action, adventure, Engineering, fantasy, humor, sex, and technology should be enough to keep you interested for this very long book.
this world is absolute in style. nothing beats this. samurai ninja pizza delivery man, mobster bosses, memetic hazards, robot dogs so fast they can't be seen. this is.... without equal is it's insanity.
First off I like the story but there were a few instances where I couldn't tell how much time had passed. Could have been months or it could just have been a few hours. Also I wish it had a better conclusion, it just seemed to kinda cut off at the end.
All that aside I loved all the cyber punk elements in the book and I can see why its considered a classic. It was worth the read.
I typically don't expect both linguistic sophistication and amazing world-building in the same book; if I want the first I go to David Foster Wallace, if I want the latter I go for Foundation or Ender. But this book has both, which makes it incredibly impressive and 'unputdownable.' The performance is perfect, marred only by the fact that the voice actor can't choose how to pronounce "katana." Occasionally he'll pronounce it kah-ta-nah, but usually he says kuh-tan-uh, which is distracting.
Yes, if my friend had problems with insomnia.
Yes, if a six word story.
Fido, the rat thing. Everyone else is clearly insane.
I've lost count of the number of times I've fallen asleep to during this reading.
The overall plot was actually quite engaging, but the author chose to sweep it under a rug in favor of tediously long-winded, elaborate descriptions of random events that contribute nothing to the plot and cause you to wonder whether you accidentally wandered into a Bar Mitzvah sermon even though you were sure you were in the middle of a paintball tournament minutes before.
Give yourself a pat on the back if you made it through that sentence in one breath. This book is 17 hours of sentences just like it.
I suppose the best way to describe Snow Crash is as an extreme Pulp Fiction version of Cyberpunk. For every 1 paragraph of plot, there are 2 paragraphs of unimportant descriptions and 1 paragraph of advertisement. For example, at one point, the author interrupts the main plot to cut to an unrelated 10-minute scene where the hero uses a restroom. There is no mention of that restroom or brand again for the rest of the story. Completely random.
Unfortunately, this doesn't work well for audiobook format because you can't speed-read through the boring parts--which is like half of this book. Listening to this audiobook is like watching a version of Lord of Rings where the members of the Fellowship constantly stop to count the number of petals on each nearby flower or investigate the genealogy of each orc they kill. It's a version where the ending to The Return of the King was expanded from a ridiculously-long 4 scenes into its own 2-hour long movie.
Snow Crash is so full of these kinds of interruptions that it's very hard to keep track of the plot. This wouldn't be so bad if its universe were consistent and void of paradoxes. However, story's universe has not aged well in 2 decades. I realize that this book was written in 1992 before the Internet era, but it's still kind of embarrassing to read about some of the now-obsolete "cool technology" in this story.
Also, the characters are a bit too silly. I really can't stand any chapters involving YT, a super-snarky racist and scumbag of a girl with raging teenage hormones who constantly-fantasizes-about-being-raped. Compared to her, Jar Jar Binks is a saint.
On the positive side, this audiobook does make for excellent sleep medicine. Considering how many times I've had to rewind after waking up, it's a miracle that I've finished it. Apparently, I'm a stubborn and masochistic completionist.
Now if you're still set on listening to this audiobook despite reading my review, I hope that I've sufficiently lowered your expectations that you'll enjoy it.