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.
This is probably a good story if you can get thru it. It just goes on & on & on. I tried to listen to this book on a long trip but finally gave up after about 20-something hours. So many things happen that don't seem to have a reason or play a part in the story itself. If it wasn't so rambling, I would have enjoyed it. Just not for me.
I got started and can't imagine listening to 38 hours of this... It starts out so slow and is to much about electronic gaming...
I listened to the audio and loved it. I can't speak to the print version.
Reamde is like a Michael Chrichton tech thriller, but with ACTUAL CHARACTER DEVELOPEMENT! Fantastic!
Compelling story set in a universe only slightly apart from our own. The characters are original and a lot of attention is given to character developement, which to me is a welcome departure from most books in the Tech Thriller genre. If you are looking for Stephenson's usual hard sci-fi, this isn't it, but that wouldn't make me hesitate to recommend it to everyone.
Another twisty plot with many characters and sub-plots. It was hard to put it down!
Writer, reader, husband, father, son, brother, friend, publisher, bookmaker, tech-head, writer. I know I already said that.
I've never listened to a book narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner, nor have I read a Neal Stephenson novel. That was MY mistake. This novel was a fantastic read, a page-turner that never really lagged despite its 1000-plus pages. And the audio book was just as fantastic, a true feat considering all of the various accents and long scenes of continuous action. I was never lost listening to this book -- instead, I got lost inside it. It actually made me wish my commute to work was longer, so I could keep listening. Highly recommended. I jumped between the audiobook and the ebook version, and always heard Mr. Hillgartner's voice in my head when I was reading the ebook.
Plenty of action, good characters, fast passed but detailed. Reamde is an enjoyable listen with very good narration.
No, different, not better.
Unfortunately, the written version and the audio version did not sync up as promised. I listened to this on my Kindle and it required a lot of catching up any time I switched from the written version to the audio version. I probably will not buy another audio version of a book because of this. Entirely too much work.
Lots to love here, especially for Stephenson fans. I had only read his furistic and fantastic stories like Snow Crash and Anathem. I appreciated seeing his take on a "real-world" setting. I was thoroughly impressed by the research he must have undertaken to write in such detail about such a wide variety of topics: MMORPGs, North American and Asian geography and culture, spy craft, international flight operations... the list boggles the mind. The story is tight and fast moving, even though you wouldn't expect it to be from it's epic 38+ hour runtime!
Malcolm Hillgartner deserves credit for his masterful reading of the piece. I suspect very few narrators could pull off a read like this; Hillgartner was the right choice. There must be 30+ different reoccurring voices that were required of the narrator, yet he was able to keep them distinct and consistent throughout. His at times grave and at times light interpretation of the material fit Stephenson's style very well.
This wouldn't be my recommendation of an introduction to Neal Stephenson (that would be Snow Crash). I do think Stephenson fans should strap in for a long drive or a week of commuting with REAMDE cued up on their device: it is a great ride with a lot of variety to love along the way!