Neal Stephenson, while at time can make me feel like a simpleton never fails to draw me in with topics I want to be entertained by. At first I was thinking the book was going to be all about game-geeks (a badge I wear proudly!) so of course I get sucked right in. Interesting characters, accessible story, bam... I'm in, then here come the twists and turns, loved it. Long book yes, but that just means I got to enjoy it for longer. Thanks Neal!
Everyone loves it when 'they' get what they deserve.
Yes. I've listened to it twice already. I find that I pick up new details when I re-read a story.
I have not. This is the first. But it will certainly NOT be the last. I really enjoyed it.
I would love to listen all in one sitting.. but alas.. it is too long for that.
I listen to books at work when I'm digging into a big project or when I'm in the car. It isn't often that I find myself looking for reasons to work late or take the long way home from work. But I found myself looking of new opportunities to
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I didn't care about ANY of the characters. The idea behind the book was good and very original. After investing 15 hours, I gave up. Because the idea had potential, I gave this book far more than I normally would before pulling the plug,
Yes to both. Neal Stephenson has some great books(Snow Crash, The Diamond Age) but this one fails to deliver what I would expect.
The story dragged on and became ever more complicated as it continued and despite Stephenson's typical technology based stories, this story could have done without the technology tie-ins and would have been more suitably written by Michael Crichton or others.
No, but I enjoyed the narration.
Yes I would recommend this. While it is hardly science fiction, not even the cyber sci fi
of Snow Crash or Diamond Age it is still a good story. Seems like Stephenson is looking for a movie deal.
I enjoyed the personal relationships in the novel.
Not one in particular they were all pretty good. But as I think of it I did like the Chinese hacker.
Like I mentioned this is not science fiction. The device of the video game was entertaining only because I like video games. While I don't play them anymore, too time consuming. I would recommend this because it is a good story.. a little long and somewhat predictable but the action was entertaining. I hope Neil gets a movie deal; I probably will not see it, there are enough movies; and books too I suppose with the terrorist boogeyman.
While we all know Neal Stephenson for his long digressions, unusual situations and characters only existing to support their dialogue, and enjoy him for that, Reamde is a long, long book, which runs ouf of steam as an audiobook during possibly the longest kidnap scene involving amateurs chasing professionals I've ever come across. After 5 hours of characters doing very little, I got bored and I've left this book in the middle.
Strange, when The Diamond Age, Cryptomnicon and others were all compelling page-turners from start to finish. Sadly this digression from his usual style doesn't work as evening relaxation - it's too frustrating and nothing happens of note from hour to hour.
The narration is fine - just fine, a thinly veiled compliment but one that intimates that it isn't brilliant... and it isn't. Malcolm Hillgartner fails to provide any changes of pace, tone, atmosphere or characterisation - while this is partly because Reamde is mostly a 'chase novel' without any of the steampunk we all know and love, it totally lacks the imagination of the Baroque Cycle novels.
While the New Zealand Herald called The Confusion
Amusing digressions full of usually accurate and well-researched facts
It's just yawnsome. No character depth, slow evolution of the story and questionable pacing.
No variation in each scene, but otherwise strong narration let down by the source material.
Listen to one of his other books!
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