Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
A few years ago when I had become interested in the virtual reality of Second Life, a friend recommended Snow Crash to me. I had not heard of the book but having such a high regard for the friend, I kept it tucked away in my synapses. Boy am I glad that I did. This is a book about virtual reality that is very much like Second Life. But it is so, so much more. In fact I think that there is no end to the more. It includes Sumerian myth, a hero/protagonist named Hiro Protagonist and a landscape so much like modern-day America, you won't miss it. Hopefully you won't miss the book either. It is funny, hip and cool as can be. The book is mind boggling, outrageous and not like anything I have ever read.
I would call this book Cyber-Punk-Hard Science- Adventure. This book has changed the way that I look at the internet and virtual reality. I had no trouble believing in any of the technology as everything is based on logical extensions of todays research. This book truely does what good science fiction can do. It portrays a very possible future.
Who should Listen to this book.
Politicians, Ecomomists, Skaters, bikers, Pizza Delivery Drivers, Businessmen, Religious Zellots and everyone else.
I have talked to more people about this book and his next, The Diamond Age, than any other audio book and I have listened to over 500 audio books.
Let me start by saying I love books/audiobooks and movies of many genres. But since reading Neuromancer and the rest of Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy I have been absolutely fiending for more real pure cyberpunk. This book is the only one I've found that truely fits into that genre without veering off course. Excellent characters, high technology, punk attitude, dystopic future, the Metaverse, "gargoyles", and a dash of ancient Sumerian mythology mixed in. Not quite as gritty as Gibson, but an awesome, awesome cyberpunk book.
The only thing I can say bad about the Audio end of it (which is not Jonathan Davies fault) is the "babbling" sound effect between chapters or paragraphs kind of got under my skin. But it was read well by Davis. Well worth the credit. One of my top 5 favorite books done very well on audio.
I am a big fan of Stephenson, so Snow Crash did not let me down and Davis did a good job of 'telling' the story. I wish I could have given it 4.5 stars but it wasn't up to some of my favorites (Crypto, etc) so it didn't warrant a 5'er for me.
Snow Crash has one of the most effective opening hooks in any science fiction book I have yet to read.It grabs you in with this "hook" and does not let go for the duration. As well this story offers some interesting and thought provoking ideas on how information technology is being used, and can be used to influence individuals. A must have for all Sci-Fi lovers, and technology "geeks" and internet addicts alike.
This is the best audio book out of the dozen I have heard so far. The master work of Neal Stephenson is carefully rendered into this audio, great voices, nice sound effects, lots of fun. Listening from headphones, I laughed out loud a few times startling the wife and kid. I read the book many times before, but I was indeed pleased with the audio production, caught many new details, and enjoyed a lot my commute.
I picked this title because a friend of mine recommended it and because it looked to be the longest book I could get for 1 credit - a "value buy," as another reviewer described it.
I was most impressed.
The plot is solid - not the sort of tale that changes your life, but internally consistent and exciting. The characters have humor, attitude, and charm. The world was fun to visit. I especially liked the way Stephenson can make jokes and create humorous situations based on the culture and technology of the setting and still have it be genuinely funny. It reminded me, in some odd way, of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, albeit much grittier and less self-consciously comical.
The narrator did an incredible job. He does character voices complete with accents, and I think he is in no small way responsible for how memorable the characters were for me. The opening of the book is cleverly done and has a great little surprise, but the way he read the first three chapters actually helped the author surprise me even more than he might have otherwise.
With SNOW CRASH, narration is key. And this book as by-far the best narration I have heard in an audiobook.
The book is fast paced and full of interesting worlds and characters. Its very diverse and considering when the book was published and how the 'net and world has taken shape since adds some food for thought.
The book is very cyberpunk -- if you like the genre or just a little curious then this book is a must buy!
I have been a subscriber for over 7 years now since Audible started and this has to be one of my top 5 books out of over 120 different books in the past few years. I could not stop listening. Pure science fiction set in a gritty broken up US of the future. The ending is a bit rushed and could use more closure but the details and charater build up is perfect. Narration is First RATE. For a science fiction book is it a must listen.
This book is without a doubt, one of my favourites. I've read it and listened to it, and will likely do so again. Do yourself a favour and read it as well - you'll get more out of it, even though the audible version is excellent.