Likely in my top 15 (I listen to about 100 books a year, so that is saying something).
Too many to count. Any number of vignette's made me laugh out loud. But my favorite part might have been a certain marriage proposal.
Bobby Shaftoe - at first I found him annoying, but he really grew on me.
Considering it is 43 hours long, no.
I come away from this novel simultaneously loving it and realizing that others might hate it (and not truly thinking either party is wrong). Stephenson can sometimes be an acquired taste. This book meanders and wanders, strays and entertains tangents, twists and turns through numerous characters and events, jumping from WWII to the late 90s and back multiple times. The stories are rife with asides, sly jokes, word play, and abundant fact mixed in with the fiction. I found myself online more than once to sift the historical actualities from Stephenson's imaginative story, and I found myself utterly captivated. The book frequently forced sharp laughs from me and was incredibly clever. But for those who don't share the same sense of humor, or who like a little more directness and a little less wordplay and sightseeing, this book may miss the mark. That said, if looking for a quirky take on cryptography, WWII, Alan Turing, Axis power gold, prevention of future genocides, geekdom, adventure on the high seas, cannibals, and just a hint of romance, this might be the (incredibly long) book for you.
it's everything that any nerd would ever want in a novel about the emergence of computers and encrypted communication, sprinkled with excellent commentary about humanity's relationship with technology. it was really long, but i was still sad when it ended. it never dragged, although some of the shorter vignettes were not much more interesting/funny than personal blogs or facebook posts. but hey, this was written before that stuff proliferated -- once again showing stephenson's prescience.
the narrator was a 9 out of 10 and did a great job with the many ethnic accents and military personalities.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
This great to the end story is not 100% great but 99.9% great. The story, cadence depth, historical fiction blend with modern drama, is all wonderful content. But, the author needs to work on the ending. It sort of falls flat at the last page of the story. I will definitely read more from Stephenson. I just hope his editors help him on concluding stories.
A brilliant reading of a gripping, intelligent conspiracy/war story. It has hands down the best fictional interpretation of cryptology . . . when you can understand what's going on.
Yes, it embodied two things I'm very interested in. WWII history (more especially the code breaking involved) and computers/encryption.
Probably the description of using early forms of packet radio to log into servers via ssh from the roof of his Acura whilst sitting outside the building that housed the server in question.
Yes, but unfortunately it was relegated to my time in the truck, on the lawn mower, or basically any other time I didn't need to interact with humans.
I have always been crazy about this book.
Can't think of one. In a class by itself.
Good accent on characters. Good narrator.
Just found it facsinating. Very informative on many subjects.
One of my favorite books ever.
This has always been one of my favorite books since it came out. Neal Stephenson is such a strong and creative story teller. The dual storylines with intersecting characters and plot
Points has always entertained me.
Over all I enjoyed the reading by William Dufris but his choice of voices for some characters did digger what I "heard" in my own mind while reading. Bobby Shaftoe came across dimmer then I would have liked but that was also part of his manner so I don't complain too much. I wish Amy sounded stronger to match her persona but again it's easy to nitpick these small points in a story and performance I truly enjoyed
The story and characters are all engaging, Switching back and forth between WWII, the birth of internet banking of sorts and how there intertwined. Full of intrigue, honor and betrayal, as seen through the eyes of some of histories greatest minds, and a cast of some of the most colorful characters ever conceived.
This is the first book of this type I've ever listened to, so I personally know of nothing to compare. It's just a great story and I enjoyed it very much.
His use of assorted voices and accents really brings the story to life. After a short time you know who is who without the need for the characters name, although it's stated as each one speaks or thinks.
I wonder, with the acceptation of Alan Turing if Chester, DMS and the rest are based on actual people? I mention Chester because he is one of my favorite characters.