Wow...I have to say this is the most disappointing purchase I have made in my 8 years at Audible....WORST EVER! The first 8 hours is just about how to build sado-masochistic, bi-sexual, whore-spys....Geez, REALLY could have done without it. It's a real shame too because I think the universe was well conceived and the political intrigues were well thought out but I just can't get past the graphic S&M sex scenes. Like having a nice Kobe steak with a dead squirrel on the plate. And, yes I listened to it all.
EXTREMELY GRAPHIC SEX SCENES.
I've been a Stephenson fan ever since Audible introduced me to him two years ago. I leapt into Diamond Age with out a second thought after hearing Snow Crash and was not the least bit disappointed. Always one to be distrustful of "abridgements", however, I really really like Stephenson, so I gave Cryptonomicon a try....here comes the hammer.... What a HUGE disappointment! Even with the "synopses" at various intervals, it is frustratingly difficult to keep track of the characters and especially their relationship to each other. I had hoped that the presence of "unabridged excerpts" would have kept that from happening. This story is too good to be hacked up like this; the subject is just too geeky to lose that much background. Wait for the unabridgement.
Because this is a traditional Chinese legal thriller, it would be best if you listened to the explanation of the differences between American/European crime stories and traditional Chinese detective stories. The translator has a 40 minute appendix describing the various devices within the traditional Chinese detective novel and it is VERY helpful. His appendix begins at 7:42:15.
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