This isn't the typical Stephenson book. I've found his recent work to be somewhat plodding. This one is a fast-paced thriller with good characters and an enjoyable performance. It has the pacing of his earlier books (Snowcrash, Zodiac) rather than the more recent work.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
This story goes on forever and reaches climaxes on many occasion, though knowing that you still have 20 more hours lessens the excitement somewhat. There's plenty of action, but it feels more than a little shark-jumpy. If you like Stephenson, you'll probably enjoy this, but if this is your first foray into Stephenson start with something else.
Jodi Picoult is my favorite author for various reasons including that she answers my emails. I am also interested in most crime dramas.
yes, I remember it clearly
there were so .many characters you meet along the way.
I think the 2 young travelers he meets on the train
Oh and the gentle giant he meets briefly when a fight breaks out somewhat near the end
no, it's almost impossible
I seriously did not think I would get so engrossed in this book that I would take my Mp3 player and walk around the house with headphones on because I could stop listening to it, but it was and I did
Fan of Fiction, And really really good naratives.
To tell the truth it was a little hard to get thru the first hour.. But not until the deal went down did this start to pick up traction. It was then that the story began to have different perspectives/viewpoint that told the story from that characters viewpoint. It is simple amazing. That and its many in dept but not minuscule draping of scenery and scents and sounds. Neal paints a fantastic portrait and its pallet is large and varied . The Narrator is amazing in his vocalizations of all the characters. To the point that you knew who was talking with out the need of the narrator to explain.
I loved the twisting storylines, Subplots, stories within stories. It is constucted in such a way as to hook the reader/listener into the fabric of the story without ever feeling that you are being pulled along like a child by a parent.
Malcolm, mastery of vocalizing each charater and giving them distinct accents and speech pattern is quite marvelous to put it plainly. I would say he could narrate anything and make it interesting.
This is not a one sitting book, 40 hours is a bit of time to dedicate to one book.. At times i could not get enough and even now am sadden that the tale has come to an end. These are characters I will miss.
Could not put it down, NS is still able to create a panoply of characters that engage, tour de force of suspense, entertaining waste of time but ultimately not satisfying. I don't remember much of the characters, nor the story. Coming from the author who brought us some truly stupefyingly awesome masterpieces [my favorite is 'Anathem'], this is mediocre.
It was good - addictively so but WAY TO LONG for the story it wanted to tell. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but it became ridiculous in its crazy story connections and plot twists. At first it felt like Snow Crash, but then veered a bit out of control.
If you like Neal Stephenson, you should love this. While Diamond Age is my favorite of his works, I think his skills improve with each book he writes.
The only book of his I've read and been underwhelmed by was Snow Crash, and I feel like Reamde was his return to, and successful re-imagining of, the cyber-punk, MMORPG-based novel.
Thanks Neal! Keep 'em coming!
AWESOME! This guy is among the best audio book performers I've ever heard! As much as I enjoyed the book, I actually think Hillgartner's reading made it even more enjoyable than it would have been in print. His accents were fun and well-differentiated! I always knew who was talking, and it spiced up some already atomically spicy characters.
Chinese computer viruses, Al-Qaeda, the Russian mafia. All they have in common is a Midwestern farm girl.
While exiting a building set on fire to escape the terrorists who are hot in pursuit, one of the characters feels vaguely guilty about using the emergency exit, since it's really only supposed to be used in emergencies. The book is full of such subtly drawn, amusing, and realistic psychological moments.
Neal Stephenson at his best. This could have used a little editing to tighten it up, but this was so much more fun and readable than the Baroque Cycle.
I really enjoyed the story the most. I liked that there were great characters and the weaving of real life with virtual life.
I think this is a more modern (and obviously not a futuristic dystopia) story telling style in the likes of Philip K. Dick.
If you are looking for a text that will allow you lose yourself in the story and you enjoy intrigue and the mixing of technology and murder/ mysteries, then you should really enjoy this book.
Reamde is classic Neal Stephenson--a rollicking story with unbelievable coincidences. I personally love the unbelievable coincidences; they make for an epic novel that doesn't take itself too seriously.