I don't know who to recommend this book to. The action isn't compelling enough for battle buffs, characters aren't defined enough for people people, exotic places aren't showcased well enough for destination fans, and romantic elements just add to the noise, but there is a lot about guns and the MMORPG. So maybe weapons and game enthusiasts would enjoy it. While I enjoy both, not enough to carry me through this book with any kind of enthusiasm.
He did a good job narrating, keeping the tone of whatever was happening at the time.
Yep, it's exactly what this book needs--to be cut down to script length.
The audio book has been sitting on my reader for months. We'd begin listening, but after about an hour switch to something else. Remade never really did engage us. Usually, when my husband and I listen to books together, we can't wait to wrap up the day and get to listening. With this one, it was more, "Let's just get through it so we can move on."
There were too many people to follow and the plot stretched belief suspension a little too far a few too many times.
***SPOILER ALERT*** The computer hacker, virus spreader, thief, extortionist who caused the whole mess continued stealing from the main characters' customers through the entire story and then rode off into the sunset a friend to everyone. No matter that he used some of his ill-begotten gains for good, he extorted and ripped off game players to do it, and the man whose empire was built on those customers didn't even care. Nobody did. *** END SPOILER ALERT***
Toward the end, once the final battle got underway, it was non-stop, too many players to keep track of, and too heavily weighted with back story and explanation to feel like real action or inspire any real concern for the characters, even though the narrator did a stellar job sounding active. Things they needed just appeared, a bomb, a rope ladder. People died, lost limbs and teeth, an innocent bystander, the helicopter pilot, is still sitting injured in the downed craft as far as I know. Maybe that thread was wrapped up and I missed it. I listened to the last six hours three times, but kept dozing, so I may have missed it.
While some of the characters were interesting, there was always just too much other stuff going on to ever get to know any of them. It was never clear why so many people were willing to die to save Zula 5 minutes after they met her. Her character couldn't rise above the fray.
I think the book is altogether excellent. The only quibble I have (and it is minor) is in the final act, which maybe Stephenson tries to hew too closely to Snow Crash, i.e. crazy action/adventure for the sake of action/adventure. It isn't bad, it just seems to go on a little too long and a little too intensely (if that makes sense). Still, excellent book and well worth the listen.
I finished the gigantic book. With this complete let me say "wow". I feel like I have been dumped with details and information for weeks. Excellent story, interesting characters, and plenty to keep in wrapped up in it. If you are looking for a good read and something that will take up a lot of time you may plenty of, please read this book. My first book I've read by Neal Stephenson, I think I'm going to pick out a few more.
The action, after the first 100 or so pages, was riveting. A real page turner. I'd asked one of my daughter's for a recommendation for something that had a lot of action and Reamde is what she suggested. She said, "It's the quickest 1,000 pages I've ever read." I must agree - I listened to most of the almost 40 hours of audio in one weekend.
Long, International, Thriller
The book was very engaging but veered off from its promise to be about the world of gaming and cybercrime. Instead it was a fairly conventional (and predictable) international thriller, full of narrow escapes, chases and gunplay. The action was rendered in such meticulous detail that I wound up playing it at 1.25 speed to move it along faster. Still the characters were engaging and I listened to the very end.
This is definitely to be recommended. Among the Stephenson books I've read, it's his most accessible, but by no means should you take that as an indication that it's somehow less intelligent.
I like the really complicated and nature of the plot.
The accents were just terrible, and with the book's global scope this is a real problem. The regular narration, and the voicing of american-accented characters was quite good.
Well, it was 40 hours long, so I would have probably died. But I was always excited to get back to it over the course of the several weeks over which I listened.
endless ridiculous coincidences - very silly action adventure rather than techie you'd expect from Niel Stephenson Who actually wrote this? It can't be NS
Neal Stephenson has only become accessible to me as an author since I joined Audible. So it was with similar trepidation to pulling the listen for Cryptonomicon that I approached Reamde.
If you like the pacing and methods Stephenson used in Cryptonomicon, where multiple threads run parallel to each other for about 2/3rds of the book before all intermingling together for the last third, you'll like this book. The characters all feel very real, the situations and backdrops stick in your head... I can recall most of what happened in this book, and I listened to it several months ago.
No complaints to speak of, just a fun book if you can weather the run-time!
As usual, Stephenson tells an interesting and involving story; but wanders forever in the deep, dark forest of background before coming within miles of anything resembling a plot.
Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.
I have enjoyed several of Stephenson's books, Anathem in particular. He knows how to create a gripping narrative and successfully draws in global and often deeply philosophical themes - features that chime with me. Unfortunately, he has a tendency to elaborate too much on details peripheral to the story. That tendency goes hand in hand with his peculiarly linear storytelling. Reamde is the perhaps most evident example of this and made the book difficult to enjoy for me. At times, it reads like a real-time description of a number of successive events. In addition, the storyline, while intriguing, is not strong enough to old my attention for so many hours of listening. The book is simply too long, too linear and too detailed.
In fact, I believe Reamde would make a good film. Not only is the novel written much like a move script; the movie format would necessitate the extensive editing that the book unfortunately lacks.