Stephenson has created a cosmos in which a reader willing to pay attention can become helplessly entangled. Anathem is a brilliant exploration of philosophy and metaphysics wrapped in an engaging story and seasoned with scientific theory and societal hypotheticals.
The reader is spot-on, and the monastic chants punctuating each part are a beautiful touch. This is a must-listen.
Dang, what a world. It's nice to see something fresh in the scifi fantasy realm. This world is certainly one and it has an intriguing story to boot. Though it is long it is even paced. I recomend it for deep thinkers, philosophers, and would be aesthetics.
It was okay! I found it a bit ponderous, but had enough tidbits upon which to ponder to make it worthwhile. I liked the characters quite a bit, but found the plot a bit protracted and belabored. Still, not sorry I listened to the audiobook (which, by the way, was VERY well voiced by William Dufris!). And, I'm glad it's behind me!
Stephenson again amazed me with his attention to every detail and the thought provoking nature of his writings again show his amazing ability.
Stephenson's world building is as enjoyable as it is complex, two states that don't often manifest together.
The narrator deftly uses different voices that allow the listener to always know how is talking without becoming annoying.
I love sci-fi and fantasy. Addicted to audiobooks!
This is a really great book! You can read the other reviews, but you really just need to give it a chance - I don't think you'll regret it. Fantastic world building, great characters, amazing story. I'm a big Stephenson fan, and this story - while very different from his others - has all the hallmarks of his writing style and storytelling. The narration is fantastic, and really makes the characters come alive.
This book manage to include heavy theoretical science and philosophy together with a powerfull and entertaining story. Great humor, wonderful dialog and interesting characters. Apply the rake when choosing your next narrative, and choose this one!