It's not in the same league as Anathem or the Baroque Cycle, so it's far from his best.
A rather depressing one - the reader seems to skip a chapter or two which destroys the story... and then he goes back to a previous chapter. VERY POOR POST PRODUCTION.
Most of it was very good, then I started hearing about submarine guns... (instead of submachine guns.) Really, this is POOR
NO. it's supposed to be a page turner not a work of literature
Please fix part five
Using Neale Stephenson's typical very detailed narration, this story is fast paced, detailed and most of all interesting. Yes, it's 47 hours long, which makes it good value, but each chapter is thrilling and makes me want to keep listening.
The narrator is a little mid-western American, which suits the content of the book.
Overall I highly recommend this for storyline, naratation and length.
I have not read the print version but I have to say the reader does a fantastic job in portraying the characters, their attitudes, accents, etc and makes the story really come alive.
Reamde takes some turns and twists that really surprised me and made the story so much more enjoyable.
I have not
At first it took me a little while to get into it (1-2 hours) because all the characters were being introduced but once the book took off, it really did. I downloaded it to run and I can tell you I had some 20 mile runs in there that would have been horribly boring and tedious without this book!
Fantastic story and I really have to figure out what to read next, so I don't feel let down.
reader of books
For the most part, I enjoyed the time listening the the book. The narration was good enough but there was many times the story itself seemed to drag on much more than necessary. I did however enjoy the story, it was very fun and exciting, just very verbose.
The ending was exactly what I expected, not a bad thing but no surprises.
Some of the in game scenes were very good.
If it was edited to be shorter, yes.
I like business and sci-fi books.
This is another great read from Neal Stephenson - and which is taking place in the present.
Mixing both hackers, terrorists, cia, mi6 and MMORPGs makes for a great read with a twisting and interesting story line.
If you liked cryptonomicon you will love reamde
The best one so far.
When Jones is first introduced.
No, but I wish he would read every book. He really helps to bring each character to life. He's great with accents.
Laughed many times. I didn't cry but I did care about the characters in the end.
38 hours long and all of it was thrilling, funny or at least interesting. Great characters throughout.
Value for the money, long book, which I normally like, Technical plots that like a puzzle fit together eventually. The reason I wrote this review is I was so surprised of the high ratings it was receiving when I and other respected readers thought as I did it was not his best work, kind of a let down.
Shorter less, cleaner and clearer integration of story.
Yes but it did get blurred , not the readers fault I don't think.
One of the gangs I suppose , to many key figures, all
The book started out really good , putting together a solid character base, than wham your into another group of characters, eventually becoming the story, Part of what I didn't like was the story was all over the place , Reminds me when King's novels got to wordy like it was put on paper because you were paid by the word. Stephen King has gotten through that I am sure Stephenson will to. Just a let down after so many good books.
This was a very long read. It was interesting and it flowed well and the characters are memorable. The plot is believeable though way over the realm of normal happenings. I gave it a 3 star for story because it was LONG and part 5 was the longest.
Although I did enjoy this overall, it did not live up to my expectations of what a Neal Stephenson work should deliver. The story often dragged and just didn't have the brilliance of, say, Cryptonomicon.
There is a good book in here. In fact, there are probably three or four of them. What Reamde does well is engage readers with a wide variety of scenes, contexts, characters, and storylines. Quite easily, this book could have been split into component parts and divided into complete novels. Taking that sort of approach would have also required that the slack, too-descriptive scenes be edited or removed and tightened up. Instead, what Stephenson has done with Reamde is create a loose mass of winding and complicated story arcs that move independently and do not resolve until the very end of the book. It's not an intellectual challenge to follow these threads--Stephenson's writing is never lush or even clever enough to demand much active attention--but it is tedious. And tedium is a killer in a book that lasts more than 38 hours in the reading.