I think the book is altogether excellent. The only quibble I have (and it is minor) is in the final act, which maybe Stephenson tries to hew too closely to Snow Crash, i.e. crazy action/adventure for the sake of action/adventure. It isn't bad, it just seems to go on a little too long and a little too intensely (if that makes sense). Still, excellent book and well worth the listen.
I finished the gigantic book. With this complete let me say "wow". I feel like I have been dumped with details and information for weeks. Excellent story, interesting characters, and plenty to keep in wrapped up in it. If you are looking for a good read and something that will take up a lot of time you may plenty of, please read this book. My first book I've read by Neal Stephenson, I think I'm going to pick out a few more.
The action, after the first 100 or so pages, was riveting. A real page turner. I'd asked one of my daughter's for a recommendation for something that had a lot of action and Reamde is what she suggested. She said, "It's the quickest 1,000 pages I've ever read." I must agree - I listened to most of the almost 40 hours of audio in one weekend.
Long, International, Thriller
The book was very engaging but veered off from its promise to be about the world of gaming and cybercrime. Instead it was a fairly conventional (and predictable) international thriller, full of narrow escapes, chases and gunplay. The action was rendered in such meticulous detail that I wound up playing it at 1.25 speed to move it along faster. Still the characters were engaging and I listened to the very end.
This is definitely to be recommended. Among the Stephenson books I've read, it's his most accessible, but by no means should you take that as an indication that it's somehow less intelligent.
I like the really complicated and nature of the plot.
The accents were just terrible, and with the book's global scope this is a real problem. The regular narration, and the voicing of american-accented characters was quite good.
Well, it was 40 hours long, so I would have probably died. But I was always excited to get back to it over the course of the several weeks over which I listened.
endless ridiculous coincidences - very silly action adventure rather than techie you'd expect from Niel Stephenson Who actually wrote this? It can't be NS
Neal Stephenson has only become accessible to me as an author since I joined Audible. So it was with similar trepidation to pulling the listen for Cryptonomicon that I approached Reamde.
If you like the pacing and methods Stephenson used in Cryptonomicon, where multiple threads run parallel to each other for about 2/3rds of the book before all intermingling together for the last third, you'll like this book. The characters all feel very real, the situations and backdrops stick in your head... I can recall most of what happened in this book, and I listened to it several months ago.
No complaints to speak of, just a fun book if you can weather the run-time!
As usual, Stephenson tells an interesting and involving story; but wanders forever in the deep, dark forest of background before coming within miles of anything resembling a plot.
Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.
I have enjoyed several of Stephenson's books, Anathem in particular. He knows how to create a gripping narrative and successfully draws in global and often deeply philosophical themes - features that chime with me. Unfortunately, he has a tendency to elaborate too much on details peripheral to the story. That tendency goes hand in hand with his peculiarly linear storytelling. Reamde is the perhaps most evident example of this and made the book difficult to enjoy for me. At times, it reads like a real-time description of a number of successive events. In addition, the storyline, while intriguing, is not strong enough to old my attention for so many hours of listening. The book is simply too long, too linear and too detailed.
In fact, I believe Reamde would make a good film. Not only is the novel written much like a move script; the movie format would necessitate the extensive editing that the book unfortunately lacks.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I bought it in one of the sales but thought since it was about gaming I would not like it. The gaming is just a catalyst to a great adventure. There is mystery, adventure, some human behavior explored and good ole fashion fun. Definitely a book that does not match the description. A small negative point is that there are times that you need to let go of reality and go with the flow but then the story settles back. I almost look forward to going to work so I could listen to the book on the way in. Well worth a credit, definitely a great buy from a sale.