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.
The excessive use of the fictional language made it very difficult to get through this book. I am sure that I missed important elements in the storyline while "zoned out" as the narrator trudged through endless monologues.
My first Stephenson experience was Snow Crash which was enjoyable but didn't leave me looking for more of his works.
A friend enticed me to give Stephenson a second chance by describing Anathem as "you think it's fantasy and then it turns out that it's science fiction." I'll entice you by saying I couldn't put it down and the world of the book has invaded my brain. I think the only cure will be to download everything else that audible has from Stephenson.
Female, Military Background, Mother, Wife. Enjoys Science, Medicine (in particular viruses and diseases).
This is everything I love about sci-fi. I wanted the story to continue forever. The ending was very satisfying. If there were loose ends, I didn't pick them up or care about them. I cared about the characters, and the dialogue wasn't as painful as other reviewers made it out to be. Via context and similar Latin roots, the words were pretty easy to figure out. The dictionary entries are not that annoying, in fact, I rather enjoyed them. Put all of that together and the cake is delicious, the fact that I am a chamber choir and Gregorian chant fanatic provided the frosting. Well done!