I found this book while I was looking to quench my thirst for a good story after listening to Ready Player One. This is not another or anything like RPO but I was definitely not disappointed.
This story has everything you could imagine! Crime, explosions, assault rifles, sub-machine guns, jet planes, car chases, technology, videogames and virtual reality all play their part! Spies, soldiers, hackers, terrorists and normal everyday people who are forced into scary and complex situations are all on cast. The characters are well developed and their actions in given situations feel authentic and real. They all have to pay a price for their involvement. It's all put together almost seamlessly by the author and the narrator who does a great job for one guy portraying many different people and cultures. What you’re left with is complex but exciting story that was well worth your time.
A great story is a great story no matter what genre or style of storytelling. REAMDE is one of them.
If you like previous books of Neal Stephenson, especially if you like Snow Crash or Cryptonomicon do not download this book. Plot becomes more and more unbelievable and introducing new characters does not improve it.
If audible could give me back my credit I would take it and return the book.
enthralling, funny, intense
**SPOILER?**I loved the whole story but the part where the Russions enter the hotel and Zula sends them to the wrong room and everything that goes down after that. It was such a sudden unexpected turn in the story, loved it.
Too long for one sitting, but difficult to stop listening.
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
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
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.