After seemingly interminable hours of techno babble I'm sending this one back. I appreciate the speculation, but this is more than I can handle. I enjoyed Seveneves, not this.
So good I would sit in my car to finish chapters.
Good fun action, fascinating philosophy and history, well thought out interesting futuristic technology and society.
A must read namshub of the first order. You'll never look at the world the same after grocking this masterpiece of cyberpunk science fiction.
Snow Crash lays out a humorous and satirical vision of the near future that is not that far off the direction you could imagine the world going in. Stephenson is so creative with all his quirky and interesting characters, and the pace of the story feels almost manic at times that you feel you're on a wild adventure just listening along. I laughed several times out loud at some of the sarcastic comments characters made. He has a very hip writing style and it's a very cool mystery that ends up being very intricate and made me end up feeling "this is so cool, how did he think of this?!"
Johnathan Davis is one of the best narrators I've listen on Audible so far. His range of voices, accents and "attitudes"' is very dynamic and gives a distinct personality to each character so you really feel like you're listening to different people talking. Plus he's able to do female voices well which I notice some other narrators with deep voices have trouble pulling off.
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.