How detailed the story was. As is usually with Stephenson he goes overboard with detail an information. I really loved the philosophy involved in the book. My one issue with said philosophy was the use of new/world specific made up words that were not explained until the philosophy in question was over. For example,. when discussing the three maths that were left alone the dictionary definition was not mentioned for half an hour or so later. This makes following the discussions between characters difficult at points.
When Raz figures out what the object really is. I was thinking to myself "please be aliens, please be aliensssss" and it was! This made the book a lot more interesting to me, not that it wasn't before this reveal.
He was excellent. I am specifically looking for books read by hime for my next purchase.
Id say yes because of how dense and interlaced everything is but I doubt a person could sit and listen to a heavily intellectual book for 30 hours straight. It took me about 3 weeks to finish it. I will relisten to it in the next month or two to see if I missed anything. Going back with knowledge of world specific language will definitely help.
This book is not a flimsy scifi. It takes concentration and dedication to get through. If you pay it the required attention you will love it.
Utterly boring. An hour in and nothing has happened except a discussion on the meaning of words and a painfully detailed account of someone fixing something. ugh.
Have something actually happen.
A thought-provokingly fun roller coaster ride that really kicks off in the later half of the book. I did not want it to come to an end.
The world he builds his complex, and layered. The characters you come to know, you don't want to leave. At the end of the book, you already miss them.
William Dufris brought fra Erasmus to life. Without him, I am not sure the story would have been sufficiently engaging, considering the 32 hour length. I always looked forward to end of a part, the chanting sometimes made you feel the magnitude of the situation.
I would have to say it was more of a series of moments whenever I puzzled over what certain things were in the context of reality; since Stephenson sometimes used different words for idea and technologies.
William Dufris brought an intriguing mix of earnest naivete.
Would certainly make a long series. "Nothing is beyond the reach of abstract thought."
A simply brilliant book, covering a huge range of deep and interesting topics. It was read fantastically, and I cannot it recommend highly enough!
Tell me about hard sci fi books!
Depends on the friend, but most likely, yes.
I love this book, every time I finish it, I miss the characters. I know very few people who have read or listened to it, and I would love to talk to someone about it.
Anathem was my first Neal Stephenson book, it was suggested as a book that is like "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I disagree, it is not like that (other than it is long and complex).
I would say Seveneves compares well, another epic tale by Stephenson
Pronunciation, music, chants. This book a lot of its own vocabulary. Neal Stephenson narrates dictionary definitions at the beginning of chapters (straight from the man himself). I really enjoy the main narrator, too. I like his voices for Ras and Orolo
It made me laugh, it made me cry. Listening to this book is like sailing down a river of interesting ideas.
If you like sci fi, math, and philosophy - this book offers so much.
Have nothing on Neal Stephenson. An unusually creative take on alternative universes. Tuned to today's science, Stephenson can craft an epic about The Meaning of it All while bringing in archetypal themes of loyalty to truth and the arc of good intentions. Good stuff!
Word of warning: skip the front matter. There is a long history of the world, as well as an explanation of how stuff is pronounced at the front that it was a bad idea for them to put at the front of the audiobook version.
I was all set to give up on this book for about the first 30 minutes. It seemed boring and the reader was very slow. Fortunately, I was at the gym with nothing else to listen to, so I persevered, set playback speed to 1.5x, and ended up loving it.
Another word of warning: this book is not for everyone. It is set in what is essentially a "monastery for scientists" in an alternate universe. It is a fairly good example of "Hard Science Fiction" i.e. all the stuff that happens is mostly feasible within our current understanding of physics. If you think listening to people have conversations about science/philosophy is interesting, this may be the book for you. Otherwise, it probably isn't.