The ending! By the end book its clear that Neal Stephenson has run out of ideas and tries very unconvincingly to end it early.
The cryptographic detail is good but now dated.
Good clear dictions
Its too long and would have been better if the story had been simplified and a more comping ending to the plot constructed. Ending feels very rushed.
This book is story telling at its finest. Puzzles are layered within puzzles in a book about puzzles. The performance was outstanding! If you have an interest in ciphers you'll enjoy Cryptonomicon.
The audio chapters do not correspond to the book chapters, and they are out of order.
Listen to Chapter 1, then Chapter 3, then Chapter 2, then Chapter 4.
1, 3, 2, 4.
I don't know if this pattern continues, because I haven't finished Chapter 4.
My ratings are based on the first 3 1/2 chapters, plus "The Baroque Cycle."
Note to William Dufris:
I think the Filipino language Tagolog is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable.
Mostly like non fiction are tech, business and history. Like tech based fiction
This is my second Stephenson book having listen to Snow crash a few years ago. His increased skill as a writer is very evident , but retaining the signature light hearted tone. At 42 hours this a long story, but the tale Stephenson weaves is a long and intricate one. If you love detail this book contains lots of it on a vast number of themes. I loved the way he was able to meld together a story based on WW2 cryptology and a bunch of modern day hacker treasure hunters. Hang in there the story is worth it
Just finished listening to this a second time - something I rarely do. Cryptonomicon is so well written, and this audio so well narrated, that there are nuances stacked on nuances that I'll still be finding and enjoying on many subsequent listens. This really is one of his best.
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.