probably not. it was way too long.
Definitely not. But it was interesting enough in some parts where I didn't stop.
Some parts felt like they were out of place (like chapters back and forth). I think the book is in great need of an editor who can cut out some useless parts and then it can be turned in a great book with a few hundred pages less... :-)
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I would recommend this book to a friend with the disclaimer that they should have a decent background with math and computer science. However; I felt that the author took detours that weren't necessary contributions to the story. If you were to take these detours out the book would had been 5-10 hours shorter. Ouch!
Less detours. Really.
The scene that described the invention of the first digital computer!
I have already recommended this book to several of my friends!
The story about riding in a bus behind a truck loaded with pigs... Made my side hurt laughing so much...
This book is long but well worth the read. The characters were very interesting and the story keeps you engaged the entire time. At first it was hard to follow the two different story timelines...
I stuck with this book for the first three hours but just couldn't get involved in it. It's not that it jumps from time and place, it just doesn't hold you in any place. I've rarely left any book unfinished but I've left this one.
Clearly the writer had a command of the history and technology underlying this story. The read was thoroughly entertaining and gave insight into little discussed yet interesting topics. The book is long with numerous side stories, some of which bear little direct impact on the plot. There was for example, an endearing vignette on the perfect way to consume Captain Crunch cereal that exposed perhaps excessive understanding of obsessive, compulsive character. The portrayal of the key Marine was beautifully done and you would swear you have met this person somewhere else. The history of China and the Philippines during WWII was graphic but portrayed that era in an understandable manner.
Stephenson is truly excellent at several things: (1) weaving narratives around subjects he is obviously quite taken with (in this case cryptography, mathematics, music and their interplay), (2) creating a rich world by presenting various aspects of a story from different characters' perspectives. This book has both of these aspects, though I do agree that at times the story can lag, if one can become immersed in the world the author has created, its extremely rewarding.
The character of Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse is unique and extremely entertaining. I'm a scientist and technophile, and I enjoyed this made-up individual's take on mathematics and the world in general.
William Dufris performs admirably, tailoring his voices to various characters perfectly, adding to the depth of this book.
At 40+ hours, this book will be with you for awhile. I listened to it over the course of several weeks.
i loved Stephenson's Reamde novel but i couldn't take this Cryptonomicon. After 10 hours of listening i skipped ahead a bit, then i skipped a bit more and after about 4 more hours i gave up (the book has over 40 hours of listening time). There is so much tangent stuff that the book could be about 6-8 hours long without it. The math problem descriptions, math explanation are boring and in many cases come across as confusing; even though it might be easier to glean the idea from a written book; in audio format- it just doesn't work; not for me (and i am good in math).
the narrator does a great job but the story is too convoluted and too damn long that i could not bear it. I enjoyed portions of the story but after while i was left wondering when the "real" story will start.
I could work out the general outlines of the plot but with so much tangent around it, i lost interest.
I listened to and liked Snow Crash and Diamond Age, and i listened to and loved Reamde.
yes, i would but i would read reviews first (i didn't for Cryptonomicon), and i'd see how long the audio file is.
i cannot say if i did, but i liked his performance. i think it kept me going for much longer than i would keep reading an actual book.
i'll chalk this up to my incompatibility with his writing style in this book. I liked the premise, and for the parts i could follow i enjoyed the story telling. There was just too much extra.
Extensive detail along with many richly developed characters.
The plot jumps back and forth between WWII time frame and modern time. This leaves the reader wondering how the path from then to now came to be and how it all ties together.
When Shafto meets his son.
Definitely not - it's over 40 hours!
It is a long, long book but in the end I was sad it was over and even thought it could have been a little longer. The characters feel real and deeply developed. You can get bogged down in some of the inane details but overall it works and even provides some "facts" about cryptology and WWII...
I have recommend this book to several people I really enjoyed the book.
There were several great parts some laugh out loud funny some gruesome some fascinating.
One of more interesting thing is the book was not written that long ago but shows its age in the technology depicted. sometimes you just don't notice how fast things are changing.
but that's not a problem at all with the book being enjoyable.
Never heard a book narrated by William Dufris before but I will look for his name he did a wonderful job with this book. I still wonder how people like him do this .
there are parts of the book with some of what I would call plot holes or things that just don't ring true, but they are minor and don't detract from the book. If you are at all interested in computers Cripto WWII or just want a great book to read I strongly recommend this book.
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I would listen again because it is so jam packed with science and theories and explanations of the mathematics of code making and breaking. I understood about 1/4 of everything that was written on first listen, but was still able to follow the story. An additional listen or two would add to the experience.
There were several generations of characters whose lives intertwined in such a way that you had to pay attention to see how everyone's part played out. Historical characters and the attitudes of the public were explained without being pedantic.
He was able to read through complicated scientific fact without sounding like a boring lecturer. Characterizing each person a very definitive way kept me engaged in what is a very long story. He kept me interested without having to jar me with phony sounding accents and over-emoting when it could have been very easy to overdo. I enjoyed his laid back manner.
History Channel Presents: Cryptonomicon : The unabridged miniseries. (Ideally shown weekends in November and December when our nation salutes our military)