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Eric

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3679)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3253)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book, which may seem intimidating in its length before you start, isn't long enough! No one explores the interweaving of layers of culture and realities the way that Neal Stephenson does. Nor does anyone turn the world into plot line as well as Stephenson. His attention to detail and insightful research is constantly evident in the gritty realism he manages to create as he takes us from nation to nation and sub culture to sub culture. This is an epic work of crime, gaming, espionage, terrorism, love, sex, death, and redemption that I just couldn't stop listening to.

    Stephenson also takes us from inner world to inner world beautifully, jumping from protagonist to villain to new protagonist and so forth seamlessly and with a strong sense of emotional authenticity.

    Malcolm Hillgartner is a wonderful narrator with a great range of characterizations that never get in the way of the story's flow and I never got tired of hearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (156)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Intelligent and Gonzo"
    Overall

    I first encountered Neal Stephenson when I read Snowcrash (highly recommended)and I was impressed. I then read Cryptonomicon (highly recommended) and am a fan for life. Zodiac is an earlier work, slightly less well written but nonetheless very entertaining. Stephenon's science background shows throughout and makes his story all the more engrossing. As is always the case with Stephenson the story is a mixture of clever and intelligent plot with Gonzo elements. He is sometimes a little gross but that's just part of the fun.

    The narrator does a good job and I found him easy to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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