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
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
Using Neale Stephenson's typical very detailed narration, this story is fast paced, detailed and most of all interesting. Yes, it's 47 hours long, which makes it good value, but each chapter is thrilling and makes me want to keep listening.
The narrator is a little mid-western American, which suits the content of the book.
Overall I highly recommend this for storyline, naratation and length.
I have not read the print version but I have to say the reader does a fantastic job in portraying the characters, their attitudes, accents, etc and makes the story really come alive.
Reamde takes some turns and twists that really surprised me and made the story so much more enjoyable.
I have not
At first it took me a little while to get into it (1-2 hours) because all the characters were being introduced but once the book took off, it really did. I downloaded it to run and I can tell you I had some 20 mile runs in there that would have been horribly boring and tedious without this book!
Fantastic story and I really have to figure out what to read next, so I don't feel let down.
reader of books
For the most part, I enjoyed the time listening the the book. The narration was good enough but there was many times the story itself seemed to drag on much more than necessary. I did however enjoy the story, it was very fun and exciting, just very verbose.
The ending was exactly what I expected, not a bad thing but no surprises.
Some of the in game scenes were very good.
If it was edited to be shorter, yes.
I like business and sci-fi books.
This is another great read from Neal Stephenson - and which is taking place in the present.
Mixing both hackers, terrorists, cia, mi6 and MMORPGs makes for a great read with a twisting and interesting story line.
If you liked cryptonomicon you will love reamde
The best one so far.
When Jones is first introduced.
No, but I wish he would read every book. He really helps to bring each character to life. He's great with accents.
Laughed many times. I didn't cry but I did care about the characters in the end.
38 hours long and all of it was thrilling, funny or at least interesting. Great characters throughout.