The story skips around without a lot and it is hard to follow how all the parts work together until the end. The author obviously thinks a lot about the future and possibilities of nanotechnology and incorporates these ideas into the story, which lends interesting elements to the plot, such as the primer itself. However, the descriptions of the technology go on and on and on to the point where it is difficult to pay attention. Not a good book for the gym, it is not engaging enough.
OK, I'll go along w/ the brilliant writing of what could have been a wonderful story. But about 3/4 of the way through I went what??? Did I miss something? Is the author doing acid? The whole chain/lever counting thing is where I lost it. The story virtually evaporated into psychedelic ramblings from one set of characters to another, w/ confusing connections. Or vignettes of wonderful imaginations, which if I had the patience to go back and dissect I'm sure would reveal themselves to me, but quite frankly I just don't care at this point.
The first 30 minutes were a little slow, but interesting, but after that I hated putting it down. There was just so much and it all was new. I was actually sad when it ended. This was my first book by Stephenson, I will be readking more.
Jennifer Wiltze pulls all the stops out in reading this science fiction masterpiece. Great voice charecterization puts this at the top of audible books.
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The Boer said, "Good, you have Zulus" That quote was worth all the awards the Sci-Fi Gods can give.
I loved this book so much I won't even try and review it. A must read.
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...