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.
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.