Its about the worse thing in the world to purchase an audio book you can't get through. I attempted to endure the pure hell this book put me through in hopes it would at least make sense. From story lines that had nothing to do with the plot, (I kept thinking I hit the button and skipped a chapter) to needless descriptions of people and places that you could care less about. Just when you find a character that is interesting they kill him. Please if you do anything skip this.
Great story but marred for me by the wrong pronunciation of the word 'primer'. It is used several hundred times in the story and every time was pronounced to rhyme with 'dimmer' when it should rhyme with 'timer'. Please make sure that narrators can at least say the important words correctly.
This is is as much hard SF, as erotica and religious epos. A masterpiece. It actually got me into a few days of something you might call a mental ilness. I thought about it. I dreamed about it. It has so many levels, only after third listening I really got the meaning of various oddities and became moderately sane, though altered, person. Believe me, every bit is there for a reason! I won't spoil you fun, but read Quicksilver by same author (Audible has it in stock) and you might enter the same state of altered conciousness, and in a perfectly legal way! This book has layers within layers within layers...Plus, it's a very good audiobook even if you ignore the contents. This man is dangerous!
Say something about yourself!
This is a really interesting book with clever and engaging characters. The futuristic ideas about the potential of nanotechnology are are fascinating.
But the recording is waaaaaay toooo loooong. I had to finish it, but would have been much happier with an abridged version.
This is the first audiobook that I found hard to finish. My mistake - shoud have read the reviews.
book starts out slow, then as the main protagonist matures your interest grows. Just about this time your introduced to a "incredible" society that computes better than all of computers of the future by the "transmission of bodily fluids" and that's the nicest way the book puts it.
3 stars because I managed to finish it.
So I thought Snow Crash was blah and came to find out that I just don't care for Neal Stephenson at all.
The story kept me going...to an end that made me groan with distaste.