"A whole lot of entertaining nothing"
It may be a "techno thriller", but only just -- the technology in question feels mostly like a MacGuffin to motivate a chase around the globe; the possibilities and dangers of technology remain largely unexplored, but while the book fails to inspire or enlighten, it remains entertaining throughout. "It's not a must-read, it's a can-read."
Recommend to anyone who is looking for a lot of book for their credit and who is willing to accept a somewhat run-of-the-mill thriller. Reader is competent.
"A thrilling adventure"
This is an excellent story with wonderfully delivered narrative that made me want to keep listening. Neal Stephenson always writes with great depth and breadth and this was the first time I had listened to an audio version of one of his books. But it did not disappoint in any way and I enjoyed the delivery by Malcolm Hiltgartner.
Reamde covers many subjects and develops so many characters, you end up rooting for them all. It's difficult to assign a preference to any of the cliffhangers and indeed many of them take a while to resolve in the narrative. The plot does not falter at any point despite the length of the book.
I enjoyed them all. Some level of ingenuity was required to escape each problem scenario and where it seemed hopeless there would be a solution. Not every situation resolved happily though. There was balance.
The role of the cougar.
There was no wasted narrative in this story. Everything matters.
"Details make the story"
Since snow crash Neil Stephenson has been one of my favorite authors with Cryptonomicon being, to my mind, his stand out book. While “Read me” isn’t as good as Cryptonomicon it is still well worth a read. I found the opening third slightly confusing, but after this I couldn’t stop listening.
A long book with a very geeky feel, it may not appeal to all, but i loved it.
The narration was quite neutral and did not detract from the book.
"Good clean fun - with guns"
I bought this because it was on special offer. I really didn't know what to expect but thought it worth a try.
The story rattles away at breakneck speed. Lose your concentration for a second and you're on a different continent.
For all the detail on computer games at the beginning, this is an old-fashioned adventure story and none the worse for that. Not a great deal of character development but a lot of action. In it's own way it's rather good and I have to confess that I rather enjoyed it although not my usual sort of listen. I was however, not so happy about all the guns. At times it felt like a love letter to the firearm.
"Started so well and then became tedious"
Yes because I enjoy (usually) Neal's book's and I thought it was well narrated. The story started really well and showed much promise. It is just that the ending was a bit of a let down in my opinion and I started to loose interest.
No as right up until the last quarter of the book I was enjoying it.
The description of the virtual game world and how it affected peoples lives. Could this really be the future.
Yes - by no means a bad book just not as good as I hoped.
I thought the narration was excellent.
"i nearly didn't make it"
This is a good story with some great concepts & characters but it could have been brilliant. It just goes on too long, i never thought i'd be recommending an abridged version.
The narration is good, i hope he was paid by the minute.
No need for a follow up, i just need to know Eggdog made it home.
"Twisty Tech Thriller"
Not quite up to the standard of Cryptonomicon, but it weaves multiple viewpoints in the story arc in an engaging way. In ten years time, some of the technology described will seem old fashioned (and of course it will be), but it's the usual mix of well researched detail and plausible very-near-future speculation from Stephenson.
It doesn't make the mistake of speculating *too* far into the future; everything described *could* be done now, so coming back to it at a later date, or picking it up in 5 years time may feel slightly nostalgic, but it will dodge sounding dated and inaccurate.
A wide range of likeable and thoroughly unlikeable characters thrown into challenging and increasingly tense situations.
I enjoyed Malcolm Hillgartner's performance; the accents are a bit variable in places - you may pause for a second or so to tune into the character - but all-in-all pretty effortless to listen to, clear, and well paced.
"Rip roaring good tale, but.."
This is a great book to switch your brain off to an just enjoy. It killed many hours on my commute which is just what I wanted it to do.
As the blurb says the story takes us from country to country (even to a cyber country) following the trials and tribulations of Zula (main character) a bunch of Russian Mafioso and then a group of Jihadists. If you can get past the Alexander the Meerkat, Russian accents and the slightly too coincidental story line then you will surely enjoy the book.
My only gripe is that the author went to great lengths to explain how the coincidences occurred. It was almost as if he knew some things we too unbelievable so he tried to rationalise and explain everything. It got a bit tiresome toward the end of the book. Still a great listen though.
"A good romp with some interesting ideas"
The sometimes outlanding plot made Reamde sometimes hilariously over the top.
The abundance of characters, fairly well sketched, added to the entertainment of the book. The romantic match-ups in the end were a bit corny but added to the sense of fun. Of the second-order characters I enjoyed the MI5 girl.
This is not a book to listen to in one sitting. It is a book to go back to day after day like the saga that it is.
The explanation and descriptions of the Game world were sometimes too long, though the Game world itself was a creative aspect of the book.
Stephenson is an absolute master at this. The way he develops the storyline, plucks up his characters and choreographs them round the world for the final showdown makes for a terrific book