The author is a genius, which means it's sometimes a little difficult for me to follow the twists and turns of his stories - which doesn't make them any less entertaining! This one is no exception, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The ending could have been a bit more polished, but it was okay, and is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 (endings are important to me). The narrator did a wonderful job and allowed me to immerse myself into the story without being snapped out by bad narration. The only actual criticism is a technical one... There are a number of audio glitches in it which, in my opinion, should have been cleaned up before publishing, as they really DO detract from the immersive experience. Fortunately, though there are several, they're all brief, so I was able to get back into the story pretty quick. Maybe there should be a rating score for "Audio Quality" or some such.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
An interesting story set in the future yet rooted in the past. Nice mix of Victorian societal details and historical Chinese references with super futuristic sci-fi inventions. Good balance. EXCELLENT narration.
This book starts off like all NS books a bit difficult to digest the story and vernacular. Before long you're attached to Nel while championing her causes.
Watching the primer bring Nel from the lowest of thete society to the princess of the planet. She is easy to like at every stage of the book. I also love the antagonists, Dr X as he starts out wholistically against the good of society and makes an abrupt change to the highest of motives.
Nell at the end of the book is battling through the theater to find Miranda while not getting killed.
Hacworth leaving his wife and daughter
Love the technology and Victorian society overlayed upon urban plight, decay and social disorder.
Many times during this book I paused to wonder about the author and what sort of mind has the capacity to make up something this creative, on so many levels. The envisioned technology, the cultural aspects, the interwoven storylines are all complexly imaginative. I found myself thinking of this book and it’s characters long after it was over.
The first two hours or so are a bit tough though. There is a lot of background to understand before the plot takes off. Keep going, it's worth it.
I loved Kryptonomicon but just could not get into this book at all.
American Gods maybe.
Hmmm... tough question since I thought the book was incredibly boring.
Maybe an abridged version would be better???
I may try to listen to the 2nd half again on my next plane ride so that I can concentrate on it. Don't listen before bed... it put me to sleep in seconds.
I like science fiction but this didn't make any since to me. I felt the second half of the book improved but still not very good. The story was too complicated and really tried to be deep but missed the mark.
Diamond Age is an exceptional book. In many ways it has the tropes of steampunk but set in a post cyber locale. As usual, Stephenson does an excellent job in weaving a rich, realistic tapestry of story-arcs that come together in a wonderful manner. I found myself looking to want to explore more and more of this wonderful world's hidden recesses: A sure sign that the world-building exercise has succeeded. The character of the Judge -set to the literary tone of the legendary Judge Dee and his tales of Confucian China - particularly caught me. I also found myself looking to learn more about the Neo-Victorians and their philosophy. As I said, world-building and odd elements come together in a wonderful manner. The overall story is entertaining while keeping an intellectual underpining that keeps it from going off on a purely cyber-opera manner. Good stuff. My only critique, one that I'd lay on Stephenson in general, is that the end game pacing and conclusion doesn't rank as highly as the beginning and pace of the book. His writing seems a bit winded towards the end. As if he's run out of steam (Ha!). Still, I lay this as a criticism only relatively to the rest of the novel: If you enjoy a good, fast-paced cyber tale full of ideas and richness of characters you can't go wrong with the Diamond age. Finally, a great big book: I like my audiobooks large so this will keep you company for a few car-rides at least. A great read/listen.
Video gamer, also like reading books and listening to audio books.
Entertaining, witty, engrossing
My favorite character was Nell. It was interesting to see her transition from a young girl living in squalor to an adult that was finally in control of her life.
This is my first auido book performed by Jennifer Wiltsie, and it was excellent!
I definitely wanted to listen to this in one go.
I highly recommend this if you are a fan of Neal Stephenson. However, I would recommend reading/listening to Snow Crash prior to this.
Yes. This is a story about a young lady growing up, and Chinese Civil War, and the future of information science, and nanoscience. Excellent.
Narration, breadth, vision.
Her voices are inspired, her main narration is riveting.
Rebuild society, from the inside out.
The voice acting in the Diamond Age is pretty spectacular - the voices are totally bievable, and the narration is pleasant and engaging.
The plot is clever, but the worldbuilding Stephenson pulls off is ambitious to the point of madness. And yet, he pulls it off 100%.