It lacks some rythym and depth, by Stephen son's current standard. which still makes it better than 95% of what is out there.
I like NS quite a bit, having discovered him more recently (Seveneves being my first by him). This seemed quicker....if I could put it that way, then Reamde and Anathem...but I am not just talking about length. it seemed like the book was accelerated in some way. which seems off a bit for being an NS book. overall I thought it was entertaining about a topic I was only marginally aware of. I would recommend it to a fan that missed it the first go around.
Fantastic book, but the performance detracted a bit. The main character is a sarcastic, smart as* and the narrator came across as 'ghee whiz'. I kept getting annoyed with him at key moments. He clearly didn't 'get' the character
while diction, pronunciation, and vocal quality were good, there was no differentiating different characters' voices, making dialog difficult to follow.
Cussler, Connelly, Clancy I like all with a C ...
Another great piece from Neal Stephenson
Style very similar to Interface - these early works like Interface are more concise than the contemporary ones, less confusing than these
very good read
As pollution of the earth is still an actual issue, this book is current. Fast paced main character is certainly entertaining. Given the tactics and the way people communicate, one can date the book to be less recent (e.g. No cell phones etc) . This does not spoil the fun. Wel read and I do urge you to listen to it.
Damn Good Book
There are serveral it was a good mix of Boston Humor, some of which you really have to be from here to get.
There is one glaring production flaw. If the manin character is from Boston and the narration is first person I would have expected proper regional pronunciations of words. I don't mean Boson/Mass accents, a few characters use them and the narrator gets them mostly correct. However at one point the story moves to Natick. When the name of this city comes up it JUST HURTS my ears. The name is said as
I grew up in Massachusetts, and the guy who read this book needs a quick lesson. Route 128 is pronounced like "root" not like "rowte", and the "a" Natick is pronounced like in "ate" not like "at".
It is a wonderfully fun book and a great reading in general, but when you get to these words and mess them up so thoroughly, especially in a book which centres on the city, it ruins the experience for me.