I really liked SEVENEVES, and I liked snowcrash, but this felt very disjointed with 2 parallel story arcs of different eras competing for the readers attention and with long time gaps between each arc such that I found each new chapter jarring to sort out what the proper context was. Another thing is that the book characters felt very silly and more like caricatures driving the plot than something at all believable. They don't even feel consistent, seeming to make wild decisions and popping up in strange places in the narrative. The ending felt like it had no payoff. Also, the book is really long and felt like it could have dropped some characters and plot lines so there could have been more focus on the more main characters and interesting arcs. I never ended up really caring for the characters, which with a military and computers background I thought I would.
On the plus side, I (assume) I learned quite a bit more about WW2 especially how things played out in the Pacific, and about code breaking, early computing, etc. Some of the vignettes I liked quite a bit and some of the characters I wanted to get to know about much more (GD), I was hoping for a big payoff but I never felt like I got it, which is how snowcrash felt too actually.
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