Technical MMORPG Thriller
The conflict in the valley. A lot of believable action without being gratuitous.
Its not just a game...
This book managed to be extremely entertaining and while the scenarios may have been hard to believe at times the book never felt too terribly "unbelievable". The subject matter, although it is centered around a video game, isn't so techy that a normal person not so much on the cutting edge or into gaming would get lost. The main characters were likable and the character development was superb.
I was engrossed from early on. It is clear that the author did a large deal of research to paint an accurate and entertaining read.
He did the myriad characters well enough that you knew the difference, notices transitions, and easily followed. He did a great job.
The later scenes with the chase from Canada.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a nice surprise to pick a book that you think will be a mindlessly entertaining read and get truly engrossed in it. I know some readers thought it was too unbelievable but if you are willing to suspend disbelief as much as you would for a typical adventure novel than you should enjoy this one.
I doubt it seriously.
I don't know. He may have done his best with the material he had to work with.
I can't think of a single one. The book was in 5 parts and that is a plus if the book is interesting but it's a definite negative it's one of the most boring listens ever. Sorry to say that I could not finish the first part.
Maybe I did not give it a fair chance but I was bored out of my mind and decided not to waste any more of my time.
Engaging, addictive, exciting
Russian security expert (Socolov?)
Suspense, intrige, and a lot of popcorn
The combination of author and narrator is outstanding. The two should work with each other again.
I found the story to have a lot of twists and turns and it caught me off guard several times. For me to listen to a long story like this it has to be good.
This was my first listen to a Neal Stephenson book and it was quite entertaining. It was slow to begin, and I was close to stopping it. Keep listening!
The story is intricate and has a number of well developed characters.
Suspend belief because there was a lot of things that would never happen in the real world. But this is fiction and so that doesn't bother me.
Two things did bother me. The author needs to find synonyms for "reckon". That word was terribly over used to the point that it became annoying.
The narrator had trouble with the accents. It would be better if he didn't even try. But it wasn't a huge distraction from the over all story. In the long run I would call it a good narration, but not perfect.
In the end this was a great story and I'm quite happy to have spent the time listening to it.
Neal Stephenson is a genius. I can't ken his math/computer driven world, but I respect them and do the best I can. I get tremendous pleasure from his brilliant, intricate storries, his marvelously drawn interesting people, and his (in-spite-of-himself) romantic bent and above all his wit. He loves to play with language and it's a joy to follow him wherever he chooses to lead us whether we understand it all or not. You never can tell - we just might learn something.
I love audio so I consider all audio books better than print. :)
The character development! Great and you really get invested in all of the characters.
Well - Shamus was fabulous and Chandor - not sure of the spelling - but phonetically they are right - but I have to say I love all the characters - except the bad guys - however Malcolm did a great job with everyone!
oh gosh well I may have wanted to but it would have been impossible.
Great book - I highly recommend it!
Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
Initially wasn't sure this one was for me, but after 2 or 3 hours I really got into it. Loved it! finished looking for more.
If you like Neal Stephenson, you'll love this book. If you don't like Neal Stephenson, you might like this book anyways.
Although I enjoyed the performance, I took points off for the recording of the performance. The recording includes echoes from the walls of the recording room. A closer mic or better acoustic dampening would have helped make the most of the great read. The problem isn't noticeable over speakers, but in headphones it's hard to ignore.
It's better than Snow Crash but not as good as Cryptonomicon.
A better recording studio would have improved the sound quality.
No, it's a quick read that doesn't leave a lasting impact.