This was my first audio-book and I was amazed how I got drawn into the story. Reading books at bedtime, I usually fall asleep. So, this would probably be a big mistake if you drive in the car, and since the story is pretty complex it needs much attention.
Anyhow, the books (see also Snow Crash) are in my opinion not so far in the future and when you listen to both of the stories, it makes you think how long it will take to come true.
All in all, both books are just fantastic stories and I would not be surprise if we would see a movie soon.
SnowCrash was great, but Diamond Age this is very far down on the food chain, it was difficult just to listen to it, one of the few books I have actually put down.
I must confess I could not get all the way through this book. I wanted to like it, I was intrigued, but I could not understand all of what was going on. This one might be better read directly from the book (instead of listened to) or seen as a movie. After about 4 hours of listening, I just had to give up.
The book introduced too many weird technologies and realities. The stories from the primer became tedious to listen to. It was a dark world and not pleasant to listen to.
The story starts slow and all the characters are being intriduced. Once past this part the story develops and it is difficult to stop listening.
Great story with an unexpected conclusion.
I'm coming from the place of someone who thought Snow Crash was fabulous, inspired. I've been wanting a similar ride in the next two Stephenson reads. Sadly, not to be. Anathem was tiresome gibberish and this one - Diamond Age - just tiresome. I'm about 15 hours into this and I just can't stand it anymore. I've learned my lesson. Neal had one good tale in him and has shot his load. Whatever you do, don't pay for this one - although even using a precious credit for it is something I regret.
Mentioning Snow Crash in the publisher's blurb brought me to this book. I couldn't finish it. The plot was hard to follow. I kept thinking I missed a chapter (iPod finger error?) and kept going back to try to figure out what I missed. I don't understand what other readers see in it to rate it so high. Don't waste your time.
My first Stephenson audio book was Anathem. EXCELLENT. Slow at points, but I loved it overall. Second was SnowCrash. It was pretty good, definitively worth a listen, but not as good as Anathem.
Looking for more, i got Diamond Age. I really did my best to get through Diamond Age, but i've had the audio book for a few months now and i can't listen to it for more than 15 minutes at a time. As a result i'm still not through it. It has good points and talks about some interesting hypothetical technology stuff (which i like) but I don't really care about any of the characters and I feel like not much happens. I suppose this could all wrap up into a brilliant ending, but i don't think i'm ever going to make it that far.
The narrator may be partly to blame. She reads well enough and does some voice acting but doesn't draw me into the story. But I am slightly biased against female narrators so she may be fine for other listeners.
I am a very forgiving person when it comes to audiobooks. I will fight through just about anything that I buy to give it a chance. I couldn't make it past the first part of this before I gave up. The narrator's voice, for me, didn't help. I would recommend that you definitely listen to a sample before you buy. Second, the format of the story became annoying in very short order. If you could return an audiobook, this one would be going back.