Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
It's a good yarn. But honestly, not as 'Stephenson' as I'd hoped. It just sort of turns into a chase & shoot story, and not really that different from all the other techno / spy thrillers out there. I love Neal for his crazy cool out there contemporary scifi, and I think he's one of the best in that vein of thinking.
I hadn't read a Stephenson book in some time but I remember enjoying Cryptonomicon (when I was more naive, I guess), so I thought I'd give Reamde a chance, especially in view of the raving reviews. It's a big YARN: a tall tale. He loses you with all the characters and changes of scenery. But what was particularly hard to swallow were the crazy coincidences between characters and settings: they meet up in China, in Canada and Washington state. So plot-wise, it ain't great. It just doesn't hang together. The attempt to move between real life adventure and virtual adventure online is interesting but ultimately unresolved. Still, it has some exciting parts and Stephenson's style has certainly matured: he develops great metaphors and place descriptions. Just the same, it'll take some doing to get me to read another of his books.
What I loved most about REAMDE was that it glanced off of things I care about; like family, guns, World of Warcraft, being a bad @$%, and the real value of things that aren't real.
I found this book to be really enjoyable. It was my first foray into the land of Stephenson, after being referred by a friend, and I'm quite pleased. The story was fantastical yet never felt impossible, thanks to the careful machinations of the author. Great characters, well developed, human and interesting. Held your attention throughout. I thought the narrator did a great job, really conveying distinction between the characters despite their wide diversity. I couldn't stop listening!!
Die hard Neal Stephenson fans that only want to see him write "Neal Stephenson" books should stay far away from this one. This book is a much more straight forward techno-thirller than the typical Stephenson work and I say that isn't a bad thing. Stephenson's prose and his always well researched scientific and technical details are present mixed with techno action reminiscent of a James Rollins novel. The book moves along at a breakneck pace and never drags, a great feat for a 1000+ page (38+ hours) book.
This book is fun and entertaining and if you are looking for a great action thriller to listen to, you won't go wrong with this one. If you are looking for a "Neal Stephenson" novel you might want to skip it.
This book is fantastically fun. Stephenson loves technology and the geeks, hackers, and visionaries who bring it to the world. In his world, unlikely connections happen between people from everywhere. The women of his books are strong, smart and funny, and the men are strong, smart and funny too. This story will take you all over the world and you won't ever want to put your ear buds down.
It's well read too, except for the very poor regional accents. But that's not a big deal to me if a book of this size is read in an engaging way.
And best of all, it's over 38 hours long, enough time to get completely immersed in this uniquely written story.
I cannot beleive I have wasted so much time listening to this drivel. What a load of incomprehensible rambling, it just made no sense to me at all it was so incredibly far fetched. After reading previous reviews I must say I was left utterly underwhelmed.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
I am a big fan of Mr. Stephenson's work and he has his ow style that may not be everyone's cup of tea. But if you are brave, persistent, a lover of 3 D characters, quirky worlds and have no issues with nonlinear story telling, the please jump in with both feet.
To me a hard core fan this is Stephenson LITE -- but so a good place for new comers to start. This is not your typical summer thriller or techno thriller etc. This is a Stephenson Thriller. Fun, DETAILED , darkly funny (in spots) and full of people you will really care about
Good story, very interesting characters .... well performed, holds you interest through very compelling story.
I am a fan. This book as with most of Stephenson's works, has many things going on at once, but these are not brought together very well at the end of this book. The end just seems to happen. Perhaps the author got tired. I got the feeling that we had hours of story and then, rather abruptly, "the end".
Malcolm Hillgartner gives a terrific read. The individual characters are not overdone, excellent!