I really enjoyed listenting to this book - even the parts I didn't like. The subject matter was so compelling, and the treatment so interesting, that I was able to get past the overwrought descriptions of mundane things like a view from the top of a building. The build up to the end was a great ride (and I can't say too much or I'd give away the ending), but ultimately the author takes his ideas to the most over-the-top, illogical, implausible (even for fantasy-based science fiction) place. But, it was fun getting there anyway...
I love the whole idea of this book. I also enjoyed his other book. They have a similar concept or mutual comunication via tech in a bizar way but both were enjoyably different.
I especially like the side adventures of Princes Nell as she is taught morals and direction.
I have found myself pondering this 'subversion' idea on my own and so loved this stories ideas on it.
This is a great book. The characters are well developed, and the plot is sophisticated and unique. There are many age old themes, here, though. The ending is weak. It seems the books just ends. But, still, very worth reading.
This book was fair. It had its entertaining parts, but generally those parts were streched to fill it out.
The nanotech concepts were generally good, until the author got into the drummers concept. Didn't really think it was built the right way, but I'm no author.
The vocalist was fairly good, but the pace was sometimes inappropriate to the material.
Anyway, if you haven't read snow crash, take that one first. This one is not nearly as entertaining.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
The heroin is a truly memorable character, the ping pong of Nell’s real life and the story in her amazing book works well. Well read by the narrator
The intricate and detailed world is great, the characters are great, the reader is great... but the payoff was missing. Many hours of listening that led to a disappointing, anticlimactic ending. If you don't mind weak endings, the journey is worth it.