"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.
Reamde is one of those stories that sound good from the cover but then gets better and better. It does a fantastic job of creating likeable characters throughout and perfectly combines the geeky world of MMORPGs and the fast pacing of a thriller.
Malcolm Hillgartner does a great job of story telling and has the better range of voices that I've heard in a while. Fantastic listen and I've recommended it to a lot of people and bought paper copies for Christmas presents.
"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
I believe that this book is the one I've enjoyed most from Audible - and that's quite a lot to say! It's perfectly narrated, distinguishing characters through the use of many different voices and several accents and the story is thoroughly enjoyable, with a fair amount of mafia, video games, Chinese hackers and firearms.
The pace is addictive, the plot is rich and thrilling and the characters are well-formed and interesting. It's not sci-fi per se, it's not steampunk, even if some really high tech is involved, as you may expect from other works by Stephenson, but a great action novel.
"Fast-paced, ultimately satisfying!"
Set in the present day, Reamde takes the listener on a wild ride across both virtual and real world locations. Combining classic Stephenson super-clever spins on current and near-future technologies with "Bourne Supremacy" level action, this one's all killer and no filler.
It's got a sense of humour and real heart but does not pull punches in terms of characters or situational development.
"Reamde : Staying alive is more than a game"
It's got the length of "Cryptonomicon" with the pace of "Snow Crash" - highly recommend for all Stephenson fans.