So I'm a quitter, but after dragging my way through about 10 hours of this; I can't take it anymore. I can't see where it's going, I don't care how it ends. I'm returning it.
i saved a drab colored lizard who thrashed desperately in your makeshift bird bath this morning, around eight. he was beneath your notice.
Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" in Audiobook format is nearly 43 hours long. I'm fairly convinced that everyone who has recommended it to me over the years merely skim-read the print version. Thirty minutes was dedicated to explaining how one character eats Cap'N Crunch®. A single business email took 45 minutes. The prose is clever to the point of exhausting, but good golly this fellow needed an editor who wasn't afraid to use fisticuffs to settle disputes.
I've never, ever said this before, but an abridged version might be considerably better than the original.
I've read and listened to this book many times now. I love the characters, history, and technology. Rare is it to find a book that can explain cryptography in an approachable way while being accurate and not overbearing. the two tracks of the story (one modern, one in the throws of WW2) are hilarious and nicely interleaved. I owe Neal Stephenson a beer (he signed my hardcopy!).
This book made me question my decision not to breed. A multi-generational journey into the sociology of genius.
A wild and complex tale that sweeps you through WWII to the near present. It is like Charle Dickens meets William Gibson. I was particularly impressed by the narration as this is a tough tale to read. He pulls it off wonderfully. If you like a multi strand story with a lot of computer geeks, GIs, spies, liberated women and humor then you have to listen to this book.
Anyone who likes mathematics and WWII History should read this highly detailed and wonderfully written leviathan. Get your fill of mathematical geniuses, Zeta functions, Mandlebrot sets, ciphers, exciting war stories, brave warriors, computer whizzes, fully fleshed out characters and an ending that ties everything together. To me this was worth an over fourty hour listen. It is advisable to pay close attention, as two stories, one from the fourties and one from the present time intertwine. They do eventually connect in a most satisfying way. I think this writer is brilliant and the narrator is excellent.
I'm not sure. I like WW2 history and cryptography but this was almost silly.
Maybe, but he seemed to read it in a tongue in cheek fashion.
I gave up after the simulated wet dream sequence. It was just too much to suffer through.
Re-record the book using the narrator from The Baroque Cycle
I've read the book. The story is less exciting and robust than Baroque Cycle, but interesting technically. I'm having trouble getting into the audiobook because of the profoundly bad reading by the narrator.
If it had been read by anyone else. Possibly someone off the street. I would rather listen to a hobo read this than the current narrator.
Neal Stephenson is a gifted author and I consider this to be the silent 4th volume in the Baroque Cycle, but the person who decided to use Lefty Readsbadly as the narrator should be keelhauled.
Yes, the narrator sucked. Hard.