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.
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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%.
Her performance definitely added to the book. She really did her homework and got into this story. I have listened to many audio books in my life, and she is one the top narrators I have come across if not the best. She was able to tackle everything from complex mathematical/scientific lingo and jargon to different accents and genders and made them come alive. I am currently looking for more books that she has narrated.
Yes, absolutely. Sadly this book was too long to listen to all in one sitting, but I found myself staying up too late every time I listened. I'm generally pretty disciplined, so that says a lot about the quality of the story and performance.
The author takes difficult, complex subjects and far-out futuristic ideas and brings them home in a relate-able way. This is the kind of story all science fiction should model itself after.
The performance made this worth listening to. If I was reading it, I probably would not have finished.
I tend to review only books that make a strong impression -- great or awful. This one's in the 'best I've experienced" category: Stephenson at his unpretentious, early-career best. Elegant, Byzantine, luxy plot twisting science future and really out-there plot turns. Fun that makes you think.
The vision of a practical nanotech future: I have always had a thing for plausible-science alt future. It's different from traditional sci-fi; more fun and more provocative to me. I loved the matter-of-fact way that nanotechnology had transformed the way we live and essentially made most of today's life-necessity fulcrum points obsolete.
Many! Love the scene where Nell and her brother are first introduced to Vicky society.
It was a progression -- seeing how the "ractor" (actor in "ractive"- interactive game/story) starts to really care about one of her customers.
Unlike any other alt-future story, but close enough in flavor to Stephenson's book Snow Crash to delight that audience, too.
My favorite Stephenson book is still Zodiac, though.
2/3 of the story was interesting 1/3 of the story seemed liked a bad trip on pharmacueticals. Exchanging bodily fluids contaning nanoparticle message bots via orgies and then the inclusion of fluorescent condoms in the ceremony was a what moment for me. The Fairy tales seemed a bit endless and unbearable.
One of the best audio productions of a book with transition music and great reading style
Yes, The print one is so long. This is a story meant to be heard and the narrator is so good she makes the story wonderful. Without Jennifer Wiltsie narrating this I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much as I did.
This is the audio book that got me into audio books. This is the book that i joined audible for when my cassette tape player died and I needed a new copy of Diamond Age to listen to. This has been my favorite audio book for many years.