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.
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.
"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.