Admittedly, I am picky when it comes to books. This one was too long and did not connect with me as quickly as I would have liked.
There were interesting ideas about society and technology.
I do not understand how the author of Cryptonomicon could have authored this book. While it shares a few stylistic similarities with the excellent storytelling of Cryptonomicon, this book was so bad I could not wait for it to be over. I listened all the way to the end just hoping it would somehow magically make sense, but alas by the time it ended I was just happy it was over.
It's wasn't the futuristic storyline that made the difference, It was just so disjointed that I found it impossible to follow the story or even to care about the characters.
The performance of the book was fine but the story was just too bizarre to keep my interest.
I probably wouldn't listen again because it's quite long and I remember it well, but the narrator is so great that if I were to listen again, it would be a pleasure.
An excellent narrator makes all the difference. I surely wish this narrator had done Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy.
Maybe for cyberpunk SF fans, I see this book got good reviews.
No more cyberpunk for me
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.