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.
I have read this book 4 times or so and have listened to it only once. As I have read in reviews of other books in the Audible library, certain traits of the narrator's speech seep into the reading of the book that stand out in the recordings. This narrator is one who pronounces (what should be) silent G's. If he says, "looking", it sounds like, "lookin-guh". I heard it every one of the 1000 times he pronounced a G in this way. It drove me to never LISTEN to it again.
Lost money on this one. Could not bear more than an hour of this author's pre-pubescent use of the "f" word. Not needed for the plot (is there a plot?), just gratuitous abuse of language.
BTW, the single star was a requirement to move to the next page. No stars is not acceptable apparently.
I am sorry to say this is the first book I have downloaded and I more than dislike it. While it is full of some interesting ideas, the storyline is poor and more importantly the characters are one dimensional and uninteresting to me... I will not bother to finish it...