"Decent cyber tech sci-fi blab"
Taking off from Gibson necromancer, Mona Lisa over drive, a cyber afflicted California, creating a very entertaining book following hero ninja pizza delivery specialist, ride the avalanche of snow crash, beware could be the future
"one of my favorites"
I must have read this a dozen times. love it. great audio version, I must say.
"Greatest Sci-fi story ever. Must read"
I just hope they don't ruin the film they are apparently making. Just enjoy the book while you can and then listen to the sequel which is almost as good.
"Lose yourself in another world"
This is a book that has found its medium. None of the author's descriptions, none of the information, is lost, which could so easily happen if it was turned into a film. But with the narration by Jonathan Davis, and the incidental sound effects, it's just perfect.
I bought this book when it was on special offer because I had a small refund voucher and I quite like science fiction. I could so easily have missed it! I think I have probably driven my whole family mad telling them how good it is and how it totally took over my journeys home for weeks. In fact I was so hooked I found I was still listening while I put the shopping away or started the evening meal.
It describes a world not very far in the future where people live in guarded enclaves and become citizens of franchised countries. Someone is trying to take over the minds of all the computer programmers in the world, and it's up to the main character, a brilliant programmer called Hiro Protagonist (yes, really, but I can forgive Neal Stephenson this one bit of self-consciousness) and his sidekick, YT a 15 year old female skateboard courier, to work out what's going on and save mankind.
That really doesn't do justice to Neal Stephenson's brilliant evocation of a world that could so nearly be ours, if things had developed differently. At first it's hard to work out what's going on but then the plot starts to unfold, and even the extended Sumerian history lesson in the middle falls into place. But it's not just about the lead characters. It has quite a cast list, all carefully voiced by Jonathan Davis, and all contributing to the story.
It's a terrific book, and I'm still trying to work out why.
"Great book , dated recording"
A classic, but the recording quality was atrocious. 8 bit mono or something, and very off putting.
"A bit naff"
I persevered but didn't make it to the end. Slow, corny, confusing,. I just ran out of steam with it.
"Brilliant performance, great story, the ending..."
I find that I like books that are well researched and teach you something factual. Snow Crash does this, albeit with a dubious at best scientific basis.
I bought this off the back of The Martian and Ready Player One and while I didn't enjoy it quite as much as those it is definitely in the ball park. The multiple plotlines and unfamiliar names of some 'things' (it wouldn't be right to call the characters) made this somewhat difficult to dip in and out but not unenjoyable.
I really dislike the ending. Not in its story but the way it isn't fleshed out... as if the author realised that he needed to rush out to dinner and so quickly jotted something down.
The performance is fantastic and I couldn't fault it in any way. Character's accents are immediately recognisable and compliment my minds image of them. The unpalatable lines of dialogue aren't shied away from and political correctness is rightfully ignored in favour of embellished story telling. Bravo.
"Extraordinary but over-written"
Snow Crash contains some fascinating concepts (as always from Neal Stephenson) but the book could do with a good edit as it spent too much time on some of the minor characters and some details of the story. Perhaps this is an investment for a sequel. The characters -- even Hiro and YT -- are two dimensional and in some cases this is quite frustrating. However this is a book in which to revel in the strangeness and, yes, the silliness of the story that frames a Big Idea.
"muddled but still good"
The world is great, fleshed out, vibrant, colourful and believably detailed. The characters are a mess, jumbled, unfocused, and simply not characters. The story is nothing, after hours of setup it just stops. All the time spent working it's mythology and creating 'tension' between characters just goes nowhere, there is no resolutions, no finality, no sense of accomplishment. Were it not for the world it's set in this would be a 2 star rating.
"excellent performance of a brilliant book"
wonderful narrator and great story. not 'easy listening' (need to pay attention else it's easy to get lost) but very enjoyable