A more cohesive story with fewer pages devoted to esoteric ramblings about what Chinese culture might look like in 100 years and what the essence of the Victorian Age is. Also, a few more interesting characters wouldn't have hurt.
Not if the rest of his work is like Diamond Age - and unlike Snow Crash
The narrator sounded surprisingly like a posh British lady telling a story whilst sipping tea. Certainly, this was fitting for the book. But it didn't help the whole thing being a drag.
Boredom. Sleepiness. Also, some disappointment about being let down by the guy who wrote Snow Crash
If you are considering buying this audio book because you greatly enjoyed Stephenson's fast-paced, exhilarating und outrageously funny cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, do not bother. The Diamond Age has neither the anarchic wit of its predecessor (no rail guns named Reason, no kayaking assassins) nor any likable or even remotely interesting characters (no pizza delivering samurais, no mild-mannered mafia dons). Instead, it features a bland cast that ranges from a stuck-up engineer over a lower class kid who gets mistreated by her mother and other adults for a depressingly long period of time to a Chinese judge who constantly spurts esoteric nonsense that is supposed to be deep and meaningful. These three persons, who inhabit a distant and scientifically advanced future, are connected by an interactive and educational children's book that the engineer constructs, the kid gets her hands on by accident and the judge wants to exploit for some military purposes. Apart from the fact that Stephenson constantly bores his readers with lengthy and very dry descriptions of his envisioned futuristic society that do not advance the foggy and rather banal plot in the least, he forces one to listen to the mind-numbing teachings of the children's book that features critters like the Friendly Dinosaur or Purple the Doll. I never managed to wrap my head around the whole affair, and I gave up after having listened to two thirds of the book. I suggest, you do not put yourself through that same ordeal.
Not as good as his original tech thrillers (Daemon, etc) but an interesting take on future tech, without the traditional global apocalypse storyline. My main complaint with this and many other "popular" novels is the introduction of swearing in the text. Please leave these out, it's one thing to have in print, easy to skip over, very different to having them read out loud. Either cut the, out or provide an option for those of us who would prefer non-explicit text.
This book is filled with the genius of science fiction and it's sad because of the minority of the boredom parts of the story project upon the reader.
I still would read this book again simply because of some of the foretelling that the author has come up with. This man truly ispredicting the future which all good science-fiction should do.
Love the book. It regularly spawns techo-political debates among my friends and my eternal question... is Mrs. Matheson in fact YT from Snowcrash???
The Diamond Age takes readers to a place so revolutionary that the world in which it takes place springs to life in your mind like a whole new part of your brain. It's mind expanding.
The ending is pure genius.
Ms Wiltsie spoke from the heart of the story and it's clear she was born to read this epic work.
This book took my breath away for its genius.
I do not have any additional comments because I have run out of superlatives. The author is absolutely on in every uncanny stroke of this masterpiece.
I just hate the way Stevenson loves himself so much. It's in the rambling word choices and the way he delves deep into each unimportant detail. I couldn't get past the first hour.
The young Nel was my favourite.
This book suffers extremely from very poor world building. The author spends more time explaining how the futuristic technology works than actually telling a story. It would go on for minutes describing how something works or looks and follow it up with "so and so thought to himself". It's very blunt and lacks subtlety. I've read a lot of sci fi and most of it is pretty crap to be honest, and this is right up there.
Regarding the story itself, it's not that bad really. However, it's really hard to get into it because of how much detail is put into the describing things that aren't real. I don't need to know exactly how a matter compiler works. You don't need to describe it over 10 pages.
If you're considering this book, I'd say pass. You're not missing anything special.
It was ok. Coming from Snow Crash, I had high expectation for Neil. The first and last halves of the book seem written independently of each other. The whole first half introduces you to the world and the characters. The second half turns everything upside down without explanation or build up. I though at first I skipped a few chapters. Nope, the book is just written that way.
The end was good but rushed after an entire book of build up.
Consistent, calming, poignant.
Audio sounds like it was poorly dubbed from cassette tape. Often times the audio distorts just like a tape would.