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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.
No I have a good memory and I truly enjoyed it the first time.
Yes only when the coward left his woman did I smile extra wide when he was murdered
Slow to start like a Eastwood flick . You watched as the pieces came together .
Great science fiction. Starts with a simple premise, what if one could launder money in a video game? There's no death rays, quantum entanglement, exotic planets, or magic powers. It's not even in the future. His grasp of the technical issues is spot on. That little kernel of "what if" yields entirely entertaining tale of foreign intrigue, gangsters, lovers, cyberpunks, psychopaths, and fruitcakes caught up in a very tangled web. So many characters and subplots it's hard to keep track of it all in an audio book. This is a book that shouldn't fall into the wrong hands. It's scary how easy it is to do the dastardly deeds.
I took one star off the story because right in the middle of some of the suspense/action he pauses, to give one of the characters history going back three generations, describe the trees and rocks, ballistic considerations, etc.. Maybe it's a style thing, but many times but I really wanted the bullet to finish it's flight so I'd know if great grandchild lives or dies.
Im a good listener
I think this book written by Joe Author would average one less star. Neal gets that extra from having written lots of cool stuff in the past.
I found the book kind of tedious. I would find myself thinking about work or bills or laundry that needed doing instead of paying attention. His attention to detail and description is to the point where he seems to be mocking himself. This would be a typical scene.
"The gunman was certainly outside and stalking him so Joe climbed the stairs and went into the bedroom. When Joe went to look out the window a small object on the sill caught his attention. It was a black ant. The ant was on its hind legs, its forelegs up and praying like a penitent Christian post confession. It brought Joe back to his childhood in Authorland when ants and Christians were in abundance and frolicking in the wheat fields during harvest. The smell of the harvested wheat came back to him then. Filling his senses as if he was back baling the wheat with his brother Jack. How Jack loved ants and wheat. And Christians. These thoughts made Joe sigh and take in a deep breath. That breath saved his life as while inhaling he arched his back five degrees more than he usually would have after a normal sigh and the bullet that pierced the pane of glass missed him by millimeters.
He looked down at the sill. The ant was nowhere to be found."
I love detail and descriptive scenes, but if I had been reading this in paper form I would have flipped to the back to see how it ended about 2/3 of the way through.
Also, I wish I had a whiteboard at the end to write down all the characters, where they were, what they were doing and how they were connected. The actions scenes went on so long I would forget who was where in the room - who had guns - who was hurt, etc.