Finally a Stephenson book with an actual ending!
I was a bit hesitant at first about an American narrator (I'm British, so it's odd for me to hear a whole book in American), but Malcolm Hillgartner was excellent. Granted, his Scottish accent sounded Irish and his Welsh accent sounded more British than the British guy, but he's a great reader and those accents are minimal in the story and forgivable for how good he was in all other respects.
In terms of the story itself – what a great yarn. Long, complex, balanced, knowledgeable, humourous in places and, as above, actually has a great ending, unlike other Stephenson books I could name *cough* Diamond Age, Snow Crash *cough*
"great story, well worth the journey."
great story, great journey , good characters and plot line well worth a read. a bonus to any sci-fi fan
"Great story, terrible accents"
This is a great story on the whole, surprisingly exciting and fun for a story with so much infodumping, has a great array of characters from different backgrounds. Mostly good narration apart from terrible, bordering on offensive (I'm thinking of the Irish accent here) accents.
"Neal Stephenson does 24"
Frankly, I love this one. I've listened to it twice now, and upon reaching the end was tempted to go back for a third time. I'll probably end up listening to it once a year.
Pretty much every character in a Neal Stephenson book is clever and interesting, and Reamde is no exception. It's a refreshing change from most thrillers, where you find yourself in a state of perpetual frustration with the protagonists (I was once bitten on the shin by a Lee Child novel).
This even ups the ante on James Bond's globe trotting by trotting on several globes at once. The characters range from practically everywhere, and Malcolm Hillgartner does an excellent job. Unlike the Seveneves narrator, he wisely demurs from attempting a welsh accent. In fact, he imbues proceedings with a frenetic pace, and his delivery of Stephenson's frequently witty prose is top notch. He even pronounces Linux correctly.
If you are of a, shall we say, even slightly geeky persuasion, this is manna from heaven.
brilliantly narrated. Great story with good depth and woven threads, only minor criticism is some parts were unnecessarily verbose, but this trait is actually what makes Stevenson so brilliant usually.
"Unconnected stories that implausibly connect"
Bloated, yet engaging, unconnected characters that implausibly run towards each other and connect in the last few chapters. For most of the book you are thinking "WHAT'S THIS GOT TO DO WITH ANYTHING" only for all the loose ends to tie up completely in the last couple of chapters. But surprisingly enjoyable for all that, can see it as a long running TV series, like Lost, but everything makes sense in the end.
"A great book"
superb story. Refreshingly steps away from predictable linear style. Surprising til the end.worth a listen.
Loved this book. Great story about an ex drug baron turned computer genius (to suit his needs) who becomes embroiled in a dangerous sequence of events with terrorists and the Russian mafia.
"Many brilliant things about this."
The narrator is superb. The mix of IT, World of Warcraft the Mafia and Islamic Fundamentalism is something to behold. The story isnt perfect and contains too many unlikely coincidences. But it is really very brilliant.
"long and enjoyable"
enjoyable tale, good narration. but be prepared its very long. not that that is a bad thing.