After multiple attempts to listen to the unabridged version of this book I gave up, and I'm a diehard fan of audio/print science fiction. Honestly, this is more like 'literary anime" than scifi. Intolerable.
This is the worst audiobook since sound was invented. I don't know why this book has so many good reviews. It has a bunch of random ideas about the future with no apparent plot. It is also a very negative book. The first couple of hours of the book goes into brutal detail of how the US only has two jobs, pizza delivery and computer coding. If this sounds interesting, it isn't. Stay away.
there are some interesting ideas here, but it's all a bit random. i find the narrative to be choppy, though it might be because of the narrator. i almost didn't get past the first 15 minutes because i found the narrative so choppy. the narrator's character voices are excellent, though.
Like watching a 17 hour reality show that goes nowhere, and I mean nowhere. If you rate this one greater than 1 star you really need to get out more, a lot more.
I've never given up on a book before, but after 5 hours of listening and hoping the story becomes more interesting, I admit defeat. This is a terrible book. Don't waste your time (as I already have).
Possibly just because I've heard good things about Stephenson. However, this book was horrible to me. I'm aware of how dated it is but having pizza delivery be a major economic force is beyond absurd. The lingo is like listening to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. The info dumps are jarring and lecture-esque. And the relationships are forced to the point of being unbelievable.
What was the previous question? Again, maybe.
Bill and Ted
The info dumps are jarring, it breaks whatever momentum was going. I'd take out the whole pizza delivery bit as well.
With only an two hours left, I was ready to quit but I stuck with it and now wish I would've given up and saved myself those lost hours.
Maybe in 92 this sounded fresh. I only got about 2/3 through this story before I gave up. The 15 minute toilet paper memo was the final straw. I assume this was supposed to be humorous.
If skate boards and sword fighting are your thing, then you may like it.
Um..... Nothing. The story was not interesting and written with the enthusiasm of a nerdy 13 y/o boy.
Something better written.
Didnt get far enough in.
The whole story, starting over with a better topic maybe.
I wated 45 min of my life I cant ever get back.
This book was so cool until the author got it so out of control in the religion phase that he did not know what to do with it, SO HE ENDED IT. What an absolute cop out ending. I wish I could take over the writing of the book because it has so much potential. It is worth reading/listening to because at least half to three quarters is good, but the last of it sucks!!!!!!!
This book was entertaining, but took a wrong turn when it says religion is a virus. The computer geek side of me loved it, the Christian side almost turned it off.