I am a big Stephenson fan and this book has the same deeply engaging and detailed storyline structure as his previous books but is missing the juicy technical details, it seems his long detailed asides in Reamde are reserved for biographical information about the characters or scenery and whenever he approaches a technical subject he just zooms on by. Having just read Cryptonomicon and Diamond Age I was hoping for more fun technical details and science lessons. This is still a great story, but that's all it is, you're not going to learn much reading this one, or if you are its going to be about the Russian mafia, combat tactics, and terrorism.
It started off a little slow. I almost gave up. I'm glad I didn't. Reamde turned out to be one of my favorite books. Give it about an hour, things really get going then.
The end did not come a minute too soon.
The reader should learn to distinguish between a sub-machine gun and and sub-marine gun.
Dragged on and on. Not really. Could have be 10 hours shorter and had more impact.
The story line for this novel must have covered an entire wall. A cast of thousands battles it out with the forces of evil all across the globe. Listening as opposed to reading made it MUCH more gripping as there was no cheating with a quick scan of the final chapter and following the unbelievably convoluted plot involved quite a lot of sitting in the car for some time after actually arriving somewhere so as to reach a suitable place to break the narrative.
A very very engaging listen.
Perhaps someone with little knowledge of video games will like this.
The dialog and video game jargon was too corny. The narrating character is annoying and unconvincing.
I make video games for a living and never thought a book about people making video games by the same guy who wrote Diamond Age would fail to hold my attention yet I stopped listening after a few hours and don't ever see myself giving this one a second chance.
Was expecting quite a lot after listening to "Anathema" and "Cryptomicon". Was anticipating high concepts explained and unconventional plot lines, what I got was a post 911 wish fulfillment fantasy. Putting tech nerds and survivalists in the center of the war on terror was not really what I was expecting. I found myself rooting for one of the protagonists who was hoping the jihadists and the rednecks would wipe eachother out. Oh well, proves that even literary geniuses have an off day, kind of like the painters of the Cistene Chapel making flaws in their work to prove they are only human.
I listened to the first 2 parts of this - and it seemed ok. If there was some kind of conclusion there, then I would have rated it highly. But life is too short - I would rather try something else, rather than 3 more parts of the same. 2/5 stars for 2/5 parts of the book. Maybe I will change my opinion if I ever get around to finishing it.
Already have, many times. It's funny, sad, tense, heartwarming and even occasionally shocking at others. The scope of the story was just beyond what I expected. It is so rare that a story one has not prepared oneself for turns out to be as rewarding a read. Picture a whisky drinker, handed a gin martini, who in turn discovers he now loves gin. (Tried for lightning in a bottle twice - Anathem was not a similar experience! On to Snow Crash!)
I chose the book in my post-Ready-Player-One-Ernie Cline afterglow, but this is NOTHING like that story. Okay, it's minutely similar in that a game is involved. For like 1% of the book. This is real world, minor-suspension of disbelief material. The story is so wide, I really don't have a great comparison in my contemporary fiction library in the same vein.
Anything involving the EXCELLENT reading of Hillgartner - so proper, serious, refined - and Richard's borderline-Asperberger's personality.
Yes, but as long as it is... unlikely.
Check it out. Give yourself a moment to fall in love with these characters, then be ready to groan as they fall deeper and deeper into trouble. Be prepared to travel.
I have listened to other Neal Stephenson books and loved them. This one was ok, and I would not disuade anyone from listening to it, but it was not on par with his other books. At nearly 40 hours, it should have been better.
Absolutely! The first 3/4 of this book is almost unbearably tense. I loved it. The characters are great, the reading is captivating and the detail is classic Stephenson.
The story might be a bit farfetched but it is probably one of the most accessible Stephenson novels. The action is non-stop and the solutions to the characters' problems are very creative.