Took a while to catch on that we were in a post apocalyptic technoverse - good story. I found the readings and exchanges between the character and the librarian a bit boring, overly long and they didn't further the story. Still - a good listen. No comparison to Daniel Suarez's novels though.
This was a good book, but it didn't live up to the reviews I had heard. I found it a bit slow at first. In the end, there are some interesting ideas to ponder, but I had hoped for better.
Very sci-fi and not what I expected, although it was just compelling enough that I had to see the outcome. Probably won't read this author again, not my style. Found it difficult to stay with at times.
This was a fun read (or rather, a fun listen.) The writing style is refreshing, the dialogue is great and the characters are interesting. There are plenty of funny moments in the book and except for a single, somewhat slow scene, the story is well-paced and exciting. Also, if you're an avid online-video game player (or MMORPG player, to those in the know,) you'll appreciate Snow Crash's Metaverse, which is very simmilar to an existing online game called Second Life which shares the same basic building and land ownership features, as well as complete avatar customization. There wasn't a lot in the way of character development or relationships but overall, Snow crash was an entertaining book worth the purchase.
I just could not get this book. It was very confusing and I drifted away through most of it. I love long books, but this one just was not good.
I agree with others: the story is odd, but great. Sometimes difficult to distinguish between the real and computer world in the story, but it adds to the enjoyment of the story.
Overall, the book was very good. I had some problems with a hero who can consistantly beat impossible odds. The book kept me riveted the whole time. It was very well read. The ending was unsatisfactory and I wanted some ends tied up. Overall 4 of 5.
Honestly, I listened to the first couple of hours and could not take any more. This is the first time that has ever happened to me so... I have listened to some poorly written stories in my day, but this has taken it to a new level.
I am supposed to entertain the idea that in the future pizza delivery is a life threatening job that if you don't get it there in thirty minutes or less you could be executed, honestly? So the first two hours talks about some kid driving like a maniac to get a pizza somewhere on time. I found it very difficult to get wrapped up in that story line, not to mention the flow was annoying. There was nothing to make you care, or even relate to the main characters.
Even in a fantasy world it just seems ridiculous. It is juvenile to the extreme. If your a sixteen year old pizza delivery kid, you might like this one. If you like modern art (especially the blank white canvas), you might think Neal Stephenson is " a writer who defies comparison - a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world". Me, I would like my credit and two hours of my life back.
Donot add this book to your cart. Its unbearably slow, not sure wether its a satire or a techno thriller. waste of an unbearable 3 hrs of my life