Finally a book that gets all the math, computer science, and general science correct. Though the story is fictional, it helps that the history isn't far off either.
This was my first foray into books by Neal Stephenson and so far I am regretting it. I also purchased Anathem and hope it wasn't wasted money too.
Narration isn't bad but content is lacking.
I have no idea how this book got rated so well. I'm over 15 hours into it and it's is boring as hell. It's definitely not an action thriller or drama. It's not really what I'd consider sci-fi.
I really tried to like this book, and it's probably a really great book, but I just couldn't handle the voice actor for more than two chapters. Voices seemed forced and obnoxious. Returning it.
Oh My Statistical-analysis!
William Dufris - You did an awesome job, good sir. Excellent performance.
There are SO MANY details in the book that keeps pulling me back. There's so much to this book.
I don't understand why this isn't required reading in high schools. I don't understand why I didn't know about this book sooner.
Many topics for thought long after the book is over. Math theory, economics, critical thinking, etc.
At first it is easy to get lost, three concurrent stories running in 3 time periods. When Listening, at first it is hard to figure out what story and time you are jumping to. Hang in, it gets easier and the story is well worth the ride.
Adventure,History,Understanding.Generations cone together in this rich story. World War II history and fiction merge together with modern computer nerdy stuff, But some how it is very entertaining, Like THE Big Bang Theory with parts during the epic struggle for world domation and personal salvation. If you know the history there are some laughs along the way,
When the characters interact with Historic Figures. There are some Laughs
His performence is wonderful, will look for him is future reads
Informed, at 20 hours we had time for some laughs and some tears. Came away with faith in mankind
The book is 45 hours long, two hours in I know why.... the author rambles on and on trying to describe every single thing in what simply becomes annoying details... example? "Oddly, one of the tassels is burning. That isn't the only thing now wrong with he glockenspiel, but he can't quite make it out because his vision keeps getting obscured by something he must wipe way every few moments. All he know is the glockenspiel has eaten a huge quantum of pure energy and been kicked up to some incredibly high state never before achieved by such an instrument; it is a burning, glowing, shrieking, ringing, radiating monster, a comet, an archangel, a tree of flaming magnesium...." This is the type of nonsense that reoccurs about once a minute. UGH. Done, refund acquired.
This is my first Neal Stephenson book. I will try, another but not off to a good start.
No, this is the first.
Disappointment that there is likely a good story in the 45 hours of audio, but it's too exhausting to put up with the overblown descriptions used by the author.