Too many other books by Stephenson to listen to -- bit it was a great "read".
I've liked Stephenson for many years, since i read ''Snow Crash", and this has some similar elements. In my opinion, SciFi is so rarely well-done, and this is top shelf. HIghly recommended.
It's just ok. It's just ok even if you like the action genre.
It's not Neal Stephenson's finest work and further follows his current trajectory out of science fiction.
The best I can say about Reamde is that it is cleverly titled and has some nice gun play bits. That is all.
The bulk of the story is the fast paced smartypants adventure I've come to expect from Neal Stephenson, but it added up to less than the sum of it's parts.
One of the main plots could have been removed entirely, it was so inessential. I could have done without the gun nerdery as well, although I think my disappointment is mainly that I didn't expect it from a Neal Stephenson book, not that it was bad in and of itself.
The narrator was good, except with the main villain - but he was a bit of a mustache-twirling cliche anyway, so he may have been stuck on that guy.
Actually, this sounded like it was written to be a Showtime series, right down to the gunplay.
I give the book full marks as a good techno-thriller, but I barely consider it sci-fi. I can't really down the marks because it is not futuristic sci-fi because who says Neal Stephenson needs to always write sci-fi books. The book was incredibly entertaining and the writing, details and explanations were well done.
The only thing that would make it Sci-Fi is the virtual world comparable to World of Warcraft, but nothing really earth shattering there. That said, it is important to the plot to connect people and places together.
If the idea of reading about massively multi-player online (MMO) medieval video game world would be unattractive then you might look elsewhere. That said, if you are unfamiliar with the MMO movement and would like to read a good techno-thriller and not mind getting a glimpse of the whole MMO games, then this book is for you.
This was a crazy listen. Much like the movie Speed, or the novel Dr. Zhivago, the characters in this book keep having to deal with situations and circumstances beyond their normal lives. There are a lot of characters, but they are all integral to the story and even though it seems convoluted and expansive at times, the story does pull it all together in the end. I listen to this at work for background noise while creating publications and I found myself drawn more and more into the story, not noticing until my screen saver kicks in that I haven't been working, (so be careful!).
The female characters were all wonderful. It really is a great character study.
I have never listened to Malcolm before, but look forward to his other performances. He did really good with separating the multiple characters and their accents.
I always wanted to know what was happening next.
Do not listen to this book if you are doing anything else! Especially around the end!
Like the detail of the online world he describes and how its is being used
Wanted to keep listening
Not specific for this book but in general:
Although it is a reality that there are a lot of extreme people in the world. Nowadays it looks like every 3rd action/fiction book has a component of (anti) terrorism in there. Here is was a part of the book but luckily it also contained other components and story lines.
I am a audiobook addict. And as such I usually look for long books but this book was so long it intimidated even me for a while. It started a little slow and that worried me in a book that is this long. But once the scene was set and the audience understood the premise of online roleplaying games (I needed the education myself) this book took off and never really let you rest. Stick with this read it is worth it!
Overall, a good story. The description is a little misleading in that I expected a novel more about virtual reality worlds along the lines of "Ready, Player One." This book really is more of a mix of action thriller and espionage book with a large helping of international intrigue and terrorism. The biggest complaint is that Stephenson gets far too detailed in places. Sometimes this detail is welcome and adds to the story but in many other places the detail is tedious, leaving you thinking, "just get on with it." Along this line, some authors need to learn when to stop writing and move on or wrap up a story arc. I sometimes wondered if Stephenson had some target page count he was trying to reach. That all being said, this was definitely a "four star" story but the excessive detail causes me to mark it down slightly to "three and a half" stars.
This is by far the best novel I've listened to in the last decade of premium membership with Audible. The story is as good or better than Neal's "Snow Crash" and reminds me a little of the 80's and 90's works of Dean Koontz (before his preachy phase). I would heartily recommend this to anyone, although it falls into the thriller genre as much as anything. I was amazed that someone I thought of as a cyber-punk author could twist a modern epic as well as this. Some people think he relied too much on coincidence to bring about a stunning climax, but others believe that Fate will have out. This novel is a good example of the concept that events shape the man. For here, incredible events do shape the man and more so the woman.
The depth of characters and the depth of plot.
A single misstep marks the trek of a lifetime.
I like most of Stephenson's books, so it probably shouldn't have been a surprise that this one rocked my socks. It is a ridiculously action packed book. And that may the one negative, the action goes on for so long and to such lengths that it loses some of its credibility.
Its was an absolute blast though, and the virtual pages kept turning. The narrator does a great job of keeping all the characters distinct. It comes very highly recommended.