My first Neal Stephenson. Unexpected depth, range, and not even sci-fi. Terrific entertainment, even history.
it was hard to listen to the Ramblings. just not my cup of tea. I was only able to make it a quarter of the way through the book
A Stephenson masterpiece. All the converging time lines flow seamlessly into a river of beauty.
For those who enjoyed the Baroque Cycle, this book has it all. Engaging plot, sound science and well constructed dialogue makes this a joy to listen to. Add in Enoch Root, several Shaftoes', multiple Waterhouses and a heroine named America, what more can you ask for.
It's fascinating, complex, and takes place on two different timelines: WW2 and the present day. [Not the actual present day, because the books is from 1999 and it's about the very latest in computer technology, which, of course, isn't the very latest anymore.]
Also, if you have read the Baroque Trilogy, you will recognize one of the characters and many family names.
And bits of it are very funny.
Annoying. I really hate it when readers mispronounce words. A fair part of this story takes part in the Philippines and Mr. Dufris can't pronounce "Tagalog" [the language]. That's inexcusable.
No. Too much would be lost in the transition from book to movie.
This is not a good choice for an audiobook unfortunately. A lot of it concerns cryptography, with examples, which are not translatable to the spoken word.
I usually hate books set in the present day or WWII, but this is both and still fantastic. I enjoyed all of the excursions into history and technology almost equally. The plot and characters are entertaining throughout.
As a fan of Neal Stephenson I'd read this book before, but William Dufris makes it worth experiencing again even if you remember every detail. His dry voice and humour for perfectly, and his pacing, intonation and emphasis couldn't be better. His voices do a great job distinguishing each character.
great story, fascinating ruminations, all around fantastic book and listen. I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
This was my first Neal Stephenson book and all I can say is wow. it was Awesome. It is a long book full of incredible detail, but in a way that makes it very fun to read/listen too. An abrupt ending leaves you wanting more.