I liked the story lines about the gaming. I didn't much care for the terrorist intrigue.
The accents. Though I listened to this on 1.5x speed as the reading was a bit slow for me.
I didn't get to the end. Stephenson couldn't hold my attention, and I've previously loved lots of his stuff.
This almost read like Stephenson was trying to ghost write a Crichton novel. It was definitely faster paced than the later Stephenson novels, but still seemed to lag a lot more than Snowcrash. Unfortunately the story seemed much shallower as well.
I think I have, since he sounded familiar. He did a good job, though sometimes he sounds a little too much like the generic movie voice. You know, the one that so often starts off with something like: "..IN A WORLD, WHERE TWO PEOPLE MEET AS STRANGERS...".
This book has ever earmark of having been written precisely so it could be turned into a movie. It should easily translate. I would probably go see the movie. It wasn't that it was a bad story, but it just didn't have the vast number of facets that most of Stephenson's novels seem to.
Yes. It's full of Neal's complex studies of ..everything.... but not a daunting future world as in Diamond Age.
The Hacker from Hungry. Big wholesome guy, computer nerd, becomes a hero.
Excellent reading. Many accents, all done perfectly.
A cabal of terrorists vs a community of survivalists. May the craziest gun nut win.
Twist of reality. Gamers who create an action heavy adventure game on the internet, find themselves in a real life, international, action adventure with no "reboot" only ... only fight or die!
I think this story promised well at the beginning but relied too much on stereotypical characters - all the women were innocent and seen by the men as vulnerable, all the men were naughty boys in one way or another. The final shoot-out was predictable and quite boring really. There were some unresolved but important plot details lost in a bloodfest in the mountains. Overall, it kept me engaged, but I was disappointed by the denouement.
Maybe, after a few years have passed.
It's a Neal Stephenson. The details are all credible and spot on.
The meeting of the russian mobsters and the islamic terrorists.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Complex and not easy to follow but good general listen if you are not concerned with the intellectual process.
This is a fast paced story. Dealing with addiction to video games money to make out of them and a close knit gun toking family. Set in America, Canada and China with the Russian mafia and the Islamic terrorist army. You are in for a wild ride. I definitely recommend this book.
Say something about yourself!
I wish I have read the reviews before because I kind of agree with dome of the other readers.It is very long, I have not really an idea why so many people was eager to risk everything for the girl.
Stephenson's skillful pacing and mind-blowing imagination and detail remind me of the often overlooked writer, Allan Folsom, author of five terrific books: The Day After Tomorrow (1994), Day of Confession (1998), The Exile (2004), The Machiavelli Covenant (2006) and The Hadrian Memorandum (2009).
Hillgartner's narration gripped me and yanked me through an unusual book that I might not have persevered with were it not for his excellent storytelling and voicing of characters and accents.
The whole premise behind this novel seemed too far fetched. But then again, what do you expect from Neal Stephenson. Maybe if it was not written in present day, I could suspend my disbelief.