Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
The idea of the story was topical and interesting. The blending of the realities was well constructed. As I listened it seemed to me to be a verbal cartoon or comic book. Even at the end I did not know what the mafia boss was doing in the story and I wondered why it seemed to be the good hacker triumphed. As an audio book, this failed to hold my attention for periods of listening. May be better read. The low rating is my personal enjoyment rating.Even as whacky humour it missed the mark.I did like the good doggie though and was sad he blew up.
Everytime I picked it back up I had a hard time remebering what had happened before. There is a tremendous amout of words devoted to the gadgets and there workings and descriptions of the metaverse all very interestin and original. If you like that sort of thing this may be the book for you. There were some action packed moments and plenty of fight scenes, but a lot of exposition as well. A fair amount of the dialoge seems very contrived to give voice to the authors ideas and plot history to the point that it was sometimes hard to get a picture of what was going on. Maybe I missed something not having read the first book? This one was a near miss with potential for me.
Whatever fun and interesting sci-fi creations are present are rendered utterly worthless by the underlying religious mumbo-jumbo PLOT devices. I loved the first hour, but the PLOT--that is the middle four-fifths of the story and the driving power of the story-- was BORING self-indulgent drivel created out of whole cloth in a free-association style that killed my enjoyment for some of the clever sci-fi devices.
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.
The fun part about this book was that the author took great pains to develop a vivid picture of the characters and the futuristic world. Unfortunately, he never did anything with them. It was like watching one of the reality TV programs where you just follow the characters around during their day. With no plot and no point, this is a must miss.
The premise of this book is intriguing, hard to describe without giving it away. Think Umberto Eco in steam punk. The problem is the writing is awful, or maybe just terminally lazy. Characters spend pages upon pages (in 10 minute chunks) in one-sided "dialogue" so the author can explain his really cool idea to us (while showing off the tons of research he must have done to tie it all together so well). A better idea would be to find a way to explain the idea through the book, not putting quotation marks around a college essay and calling it a book.
Ever had someone talk to you for 10 minutes straight, while all you were allowed to say was "so what you're saying is..."? It's like that, only worse, because you're not allowed to say anything at all. And because you paid for the privilege.
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.
Snow Crash is a wonderful book I think everyone should read at least once. It brings together a thriller with code and the ancient tower off Babel. It is truly innovative and does not lose its relevance with time. I got the audible version because I wanted to revisit my old friend again. I love audible books but I just couldn't do it. I got five chapters in before giving up. Jonatha Davisv could almost make it but he doesn't do Hiro or YT justice, a lot of the lingo comes off sounding juvenile, and it isn't when you read it. The worst part is the interludes between chapters where they have what sounds like men speaking in tongues and synth computer sounds that sound like they came from the original movie Tron. Don't give up on the book just read it instead. This made me so sad.
*worst writing style ive ever come across
heres an example of one of his sentences:
He knows that when he gets to the place on CSV-5 where the bottom corner of the billboard is obscured by the pseudo-Gothic stained-glass arches of the local Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates franchise, it's time for him to get over into the right lanes where the retards and the bimbo boxes poke along, random, indecisive, looking at each passing franchise's driveway like they don't know if it's a threat or a promise"
^^this is what you'll be listening to
*people say this book is funny, (didnt laugh once)
im 4 hours into this book and i have to say its the worst audio ive ever listened to.