This book spends a lot of time in development. If that is what you look for in a book then this is it. The performance is solid but the material just didn't work for me.
I wouldn't be opposed to it but I would be careful and need to make sure it is a quick listen.
I believe it was a solid performance. A good job keeping characters defined based on vocal qualities. At times the material called for periods of exposition and I would lose focus. I think this is a combination of material and acting choices.
I am not an editor but I do think this book needed a more heavy handed one. I think there are a number of scenes that could be worked within others to achieve the same goals.
This book does a lot of cool things but I wanted it to be more. Maybe I came into this book with higher expectations but it felt like a bit of a miss to me. The virtual reality is an interesting element but felt under utilized.
The areas of exposition kill any momentum the book builds. Knowing the information is crucial but is delivered in ways that hinder the progress some of the action scenes make.
Get past the first 15 min (which I found really difficult to buy the premise) and the rest of the book is fantastic, then the 1st 15 min has little to do with the story.
This book left me scratching my head. The ideas are so illogical that it was hard to keep listening. The ending wasn't very logical or historically accurate.
The one thing it has going for it is: never before thought of ideas.
(Language = Virus) WTF? ...dumb.
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.