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.
Plot acutally start interesting and has a good start, then it got werid, with things that didnt' help like bad language and the odd sex thing? Then at the end it didn't even close anything important to me at the end.
What was the author thinking? I purchased this thinking it would be a good SiFi story, but after a short time I figured I had purchased a kids book in error, then came the sex orgy and away went that idea. I am having a hard time imaging what the target audience for this book is. The story reads like a child’s book but there are a few places that make it for ADULTS ONLY. Too bad, the author could have easily re-worked just a couple of areas and had a simple youth story, but as it stands I would have to say too childish for most adults and definitely NOT for children.
To make things worse, there is no conclusion; it would be nice to have some wrap up of the story. Well I guess the author thinks that we will purchase the next book – Wrong.
Enjoy something else – this is not worth your time.