Interesting characters and premise but the author needs more practice at writing. Intellectual parts come off like an encyclopedia read with the entire story stopping to accomodate the download (of facts). Kind of reachy on the intellectual premise too. Still, interesting(ish). Author has promise ...but no delivery this time.
After reading the other reviews I thought this would be a fun read... but I found this just wasn't my cup of tea. The terminology and story is more attuned to those of the younger set; those text messaging cell phoners, hackers, gamers... anything that includes non-personal interaction. No, I'm not an old fogey but whether SiFi (which I like) or not, I do like some sort of human relationship in my reading genre. Old fashion of me I know.... but this is my dime and my opinion.... so there.
The author presented a lot of interesting concepts and my favorite was the Meta-verse. This is a really cool and potentially realizable concept but I felt the auther didn't develop or exploit it enough.
The book contains a bunch of interesting ideas poorly stitched together and under-developed. Lots of loose ends and too many new terms... the "Nanshub of Enky".
I gave it two stars instead of one because there were times when I enjoyed the book for a few chapters. I almost stopped listening to the book in the beginning but fought my way through it.
Terrific for anyone who has a computer background. My husband thought it was great. I enjoyed it although I probably missed some of the computer techo stuff!
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
I haven't finished this book yet. I can't bring myself to pick it up again and put myself through this scattered work. I get cyberpunk, but what I don't get is how every character has an immediate and automatic "techie toy" to get them out of jams. There was entirely too much deux ex machina, and eventually, after the story skipped around so much I fogot who I was listening to, I gave up.
Perhaps it's a better physical read, but having it read to you... not recommended.
Stephenson starts out with a very believable and complex "future world", filled with complex and believable characters. The first 2/3 of this novel were like nothing I had experienced. I was completely transported into Stephenson's techno-universerse. Then, the author decided to dabble in theology; in the process tearing down the characters and world I had come to know and replacing them with some alternative zen/religious driven anomaly. This 180 degree turn in the book destroyed its believability and completely ruined what I believe had all the ingredients for a creative, unique, and exciting story. This is the only audiobook I never finished.
After a great opening, this degenerates into a slow and pointless ramble. The cocktail of biblical history, cyber-punk and action thriller should have been dynamite, but it tries too hard to be clever and instead it just fizzles out. The narration is mediocre at best. Might work for a long drive, but listening on a 30-minute commute I lost interest half-way through and never went back.
Snowcrash is worth while just for the first couple of chapters at the begining dealing with a pizza delivery. The rest of the book is very good, and interesting if a little implausible. Good reader, lots of fun and really interesting.