This is a perfect story of wild imagination and a layered plot with highly sophisticated characters. Those that wrote less than positive reviews do not understand how to suspend disbelief nor appreciate a science fiction master piece. This book does for Nell what Ender's Game does for Ender. They should meet...
This is a spectacular listen. It is not like snow crash in a lot of ways, but it definitly has the same wit and sense of humor.
The narrator is amazing; it is almost worth buying just for the number and quality of accents she affects.
This book had a feel similar to snow crash. Totally off the wall. This guys imagination is unparalleled. I loved the splinteresque mouse, dojo. And the story of the end of the dinosaurs was a riot.
I got this book to feed my Neal desires after I finished Snow Crash, which I absolutely loved. This book was difficult for me to get through, however, due to the seemingly endless descriptive passages which felt like brick walls after the wonderful plot movements along the way. I really loved the descriptive passages in Snow Crash, but it felt as though The Diamond Age was written by a different author that didn't know when to stop or how to integrate the descriptive passages with the plot. I would say that I didn't truly start to appreciate this book until after I was almost halfway through it. I almost stopped listening, but in the end, I'm happy that I didn't. Maybe the abridged version would be better for most people, as I'm sure that I would have appreciated editing of some of his passages.
Science fiction is Stephenson's hands is a lense to understand some of our own situation.
Jennifer Wiltsie's narration is sublime and of top caliber.
I would only complain of the ending because I wanted to stay with the characters and story myself. I feel, though, that the conclusion had been found. Stephenson's endings are reminiscent of Philip K. Dick's, and just as PKD's have their magic, both create a space in the reader that lives on.
Father, teacher, writer, curry enthusiast.
As with Snowcrash, Stephenson's previous novel, there is an outstanding premise for this book. The plot and setting are intriguing. The only weakness is a slightly confused and unresolved ending. The absolute star of this audio presentation however, is the narration, which is nothing short of brilliant. Jennifer Wiltsie effortlessly switches back and forth from accent to accent, nailing each character flawlessly. She conveys emotion better than almost anyone I have heard to date. Please listen to this production for that, if for no other reason.
Sci-Fi storys are great. This happens to be one of those that makes you think that the future is really possible. I have read other books by this author and this book is his opus.
A complex story read very well. I could have almost not cared what the story was just to hear the reading! Stephenson's story is a great context for this, however, as The Diamond Age has quite the number of interesting characters. I really liked the setting in China, about which Stephenson shows some insight (although at time the Chinese characters are almost silly).
After reading Snow Crash on a lark (I'm not a science fiction buff), I wanted to read everything Neal Stephenson has done. Althought he could have done more with the world he created in Snow Crash, here he creates and new and different world, equally fascinating and an equally brilliant and possible projection of the future based on current sociological realities and trends. And again, the story is fantiastic -- running atop this fascinating world. Also loved the narrator. She's very good. Highly recommend. Now I only wish his others were available in unabridged form!