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.
This is the first audio book I?ve read that I think would?ve been better in print. I don?t fault the reader. The language was convoluted and ?stream of consciousness? in places, and I?d have preferred to have been able to read at my own pace and puzzle over some sections.
And, for me the book also got off to a slow start. I started reading it several times. Each time I?d listen for a maximum of a half hour (usually less), and then I was ready to go to sleep. Finally, a bit over an hour into the book I got hooked, and read the rest almost straight through. I enjoyed the look into the world of advertising. A friend of mine works in the field, and she talks about ?branding?, and somehow the intrinsic worth of the product gets lost in the shuffle. This attitude comes across in the book.
It also seemed to me that the author had done his homework about the Internet culture. He seemed to know about domain names and other stuff I find interesting. A non-geek might not be as thrilled about that part, but it wasn?t central to the plot.
My biggest disappointment was the ending. It seemed like the author had created a very imaginative plot, but then he didn?t know what to do with it. I had exactly the same reaction to ?Snow Crash?. The ending was anticlimactic, and I didn?t feel that the author tied up all the loose ends. However, I will read other stuff by this author as it becomes available.
I agree with the other reviewer about the ridiculous and uninformed assumptions the characters make about biblical texts. I would say the same for Stephenson's take on glossalalia too, but it's still a very cool and very funny book. If you like it at all, I recommend that you read Zodiac, also by Neal Stephenson. It's absolutely hilarious, yet very intelligent. A shame that it will probably never make it to audio
What happened at the end of this book? Up until the last 10 or 15 minutes there was lots of great story, but at the end it just died a sudden death! Still, it was entertaining and worth a listen, just expect to be left hanging at the end.
I've never read a modern sci-fi type of book until this one. I must say that reading this book will change that, I will at least get the other books by this author. His technical knowledge is genuine and his vision of the future is thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 12 and 50 with an IQ of at least 50. If you don't like this book, you are probably too old or just too dimm to understand it.
I have been reading sf since I was 7. I can truthfully say this was the most enjoyable I haver ever read. I hope there will be a sequel......................
I'll readily admit that there is a generation gap that must be bridged in order to even begin to comprehend what this story is all about. It's not that I'm technically illiterate. I owned the first Apple computer and the first IBM PC. I've even done a bit of programming. This novel leaves me stumped. I have no idea what the author is talking about. He mixes programming jargon with religious mumbo-jumbo. He jumps from one incongruous bloody scene to another. His concept of a new world order run by franchises (be it food, hotels, or religious institutions) is interesting but he never fully explores it or brings it to a conclusion. I'm an obvious dissenter in this review and I'm willing to admit that it may be that I'm no longer a teenager. However, I've always believed that a well written book should appeal to every age group.