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.
Audiobooks Make Weed Wacking a Pleasure
I picked up Cryptonomicon after listening to Seveneves. I took Cryptanalysis in college and continued to have an interest so even though Seveneves was long and overly-descriptive I thought it would be worth a gamble. I lost.
Cryptonomicon is slow, boring, has lengthy descriptions just for description-sake. Neal Stephenson tries to be light and funny, but the humor is adolescent and falls flat. It's also overly-nerdy, like a lengthy discussion of the satisfaction after masturbation vs. sex that apparently had to be expressed as boring mathematical functions to gain insight. The lengthy exercise completely lacked originality, humor, or wit.
There was no redemption for this audiobook. It started slow and ended slow.
It's been a while since I tasted a book 5 stars. But this was a very gripping book that I just couldn't put down. Keeping track of multiple story lines can be a bit daunting at the start - but hang in there, and you'll need rewarded!
I really liked this book there were a lot of characters character development was good storyline was interesting even went out and bought the hardcover so that I could read along when I wasn't able to listen
it took a while to get through the unabridged version, but I truly enjoyed it. the parallel story lines of the past and future and the amazing details in which the author wrote the story were amazing. one can certainly read the amazing labor of love that the author put into this book. I love books that paint the story in your mind better than any movie one could see, and the amazing details of this book did just that. I do admit that, even though I tried to follow the math part of this book, it was sometimes above my head, but even with this in mind, the author was able to keep me engaged. I truly enjoyed this book.