As I recently got fed up with Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, this book was a big disappointment. It is almost the same stuff (and the same narrator, i think); there is too much of macho BS, too much of wishful thinking, and too many unnecessary sentences/remarks.
I found it a very improbable story; a lot of unlikely twists and turns; highly predictable overall. There are some unpredictable turns, but then it goes back to its regular predictable plot, and characters who seem to have EVERYTHING going for them.
The psychology of some the scenes is either sooo predictable, or sooo unlikely.
If you liked the last two of Child's books (those were the ones that sent me over the edge), then this is for you. Otherwise, you will not be missing out and be better off with another book.
Not to the same exact story, but to a similar one, yes, I would.
I like the jokes and sarcasm. Also, the explanations were still understandable unless one has an allergy to science and math.
I laughed a lot when they were trying to communicate via short messages, including the picture needed for PR.
no, not really.
It'll be interesting how they will turn it into a movie (Matt Damon). I can't picture it as a lot of the story was either explanations of how things work or inner monologue...but I'll go and see what Ridley Scott can do with it (if that's how it all will end up)
I liked that it introduces the issues we might need to deal with but i didn't like there is not any definition of what intelligence is. There was an attempt to contemplate what a dog could become if it thought faster, or had a bigger brain, but it is way towards the end of the book AND the answer is 'I/we don't know". Yet the author claims the AI will be 1,000 or more times more intelligent...but what does that mean? Or is it even possible? The notion of bigger twice, three times or more times is quite tricky when looked at as a geometrical progression. So, a 1,000 times more intelligent AI might be an exaggeration or lacks any real world comparison. (just like temperature of 10,000 degrees - one understand that it is hot, but how hot when we can imagine the consequences of around 1,500 degrees only?)
no, it hasn't but i'll think twice about buying the author's other book(s), if i ever come to that point.
I haven't listened to his performance before but I would again.
no it doesn't. It is all theories that don't have much foundation. Without more data or experience (or access to them) there is nothing else to discuss. It would be just another theory. It is like a forecast of any supposedly close sports match - we have the data about players, surface etc, but how the match will end is anybody's guess with so many variables in play. And that's where we are..at the beginning of a match with AI.
I still enjoyed the book but it doesn't answer many questions and offers only vague suggestions as to what might come along. It is a bit too repetitive and a bit longer than necessary.
one of the best. At one point I thought I had figured it out (having read many of the preceding books) but, again, the brilliant author was ahead in the game
Harry Hole, of course
any scene where you just cannot say, or be sure he is being described as a victim/perpetrator. You know you MIGHT be deliberately lead on but you also cannot be sure that it is what it seems. I held my breath and waited for the other shoe to drop.
it could be. It was good. I liked it better than the preceding book in the series
sad to let the series go
surprising; overly detailed
the pronunciation of the non-english names
no, the diary entry and the war detail were too long
i enjoyed the story but it seemed( not true but seemed ) as if the Nazi war stories took up half the story. In my opinion, it was too much, too long.
Without it, the story would be nice but perhaps some people would feel it was too short.
Not all the extra layers were necessary, i think.
I might if they enjoy a story without doing too much thinking
More plausible and less repetitive and less predictable, i.e. last minute solution; always ends well.
He is not trying too hard, and yet he manages to portray some accents, which you don't take too seriously but at least it is not one monotonous listening.
no, it doesn't. It was preposterous enough.
it is my second book by Brad Thor and i will stop now. I cannot take the lack of logic on some important points, or ridiculous details.
Without giving away too much, one example for all - an assassin is able to dodge and avoid the capture for many years and then he is 'surprised' by a female scientist who is (almost) afraid of her own shadow, totally untrained and yet performs quite well in distress.
All those villain who tell the main character all he needs to know before they -unexpectedly- are killed, only to leave the main character(s) to follow up on the revelation.
When special agent with a training LACES fingers of both of his hands and then hits someone on the head (without fracturing all his fingers), then it is time to switch to another author.
In the first book, it was ok, but it gets too much with the second reading, and i don't think i can stand more of those 'twists' any more. I watch James Bond movies for those, but there i know what is coming. Here, i thought, it would be more realistic, with plot that is based in reality, not on wishful thinking or wet dreams.
for pure entertainment value it is ok, but it is not what i was looking for.
i loved Stephenson's Reamde novel but i couldn't take this Cryptonomicon. After 10 hours of listening i skipped ahead a bit, then i skipped a bit more and after about 4 more hours i gave up (the book has over 40 hours of listening time). There is so much tangent stuff that the book could be about 6-8 hours long without it. The math problem descriptions, math explanation are boring and in many cases come across as confusing; even though it might be easier to glean the idea from a written book; in audio format- it just doesn't work; not for me (and i am good in math).
the narrator does a great job but the story is too convoluted and too damn long that i could not bear it. I enjoyed portions of the story but after while i was left wondering when the "real" story will start.
I could work out the general outlines of the plot but with so much tangent around it, i lost interest.
I listened to and liked Snow Crash and Diamond Age, and i listened to and loved Reamde.
yes, i would but i would read reviews first (i didn't for Cryptonomicon), and i'd see how long the audio file is.
i cannot say if i did, but i liked his performance. i think it kept me going for much longer than i would keep reading an actual book.
i'll chalk this up to my incompatibility with his writing style in this book. I liked the premise, and for the parts i could follow i enjoyed the story telling. There was just too much extra.
never read the book. cannot compare.
the sleazy guys from the escort service...i could see and picture them very well thanks to the description and voice acting.
when he finally dispatched the bad guy.
not really, but maybe because i listened to another story by Robotham prior to this title, i was a bit 'Robotham-fatigued'. Nonetheless, a great story.
Absolutely YES! Immensely funny; new; highly entertaining
The celebrities's dirty secrets
The whole book..it shook me...I was shaking with laughter
Not for religious zealots
yes. I enjoyed the story; the jokes.
yes, it did. I found it interesting. I don't have an aversion to chemistry, so i found it interesting and 'educational'; the story itself is interesting and unpredictable.
any that contains a sarcastic remark by the main character. Hilarious.
i enjoyed the performance of the narrator. Very nicely done. It fit the mold of the main character.
I wouldn't. It is too long. The first two parts of four download files are ok, after that it becomes too long...uninteresting. I mostly skipped the third file and selectively listened to the fourth.
no, it hasn't but I'll be careful about Mr.King's other attempts out his forte.
Mr. Wasson may provide nice voice acting for some but I found it too slow. I read fairly quickly, so, for me, his reading of the book was painfully slow. Toward the end, I actually find it very annoying - primarily the conversations, or inner dialogues. In some instances, it all sounded like some people were dim-witted. He made the conversations sound like they were from cheap drama with bad acting- exaggerated; predictable.
definitely not. it was taken too far; imagination run wild.
it was a nice surprise that the Kennedy assassination is actually not the main focus, but I also found the romance uninteresting. After getting through most of the book, the end killed it - preposterous; showing off alternative 'futures'. The final part- after all the time-travel nuances, explanations- was unnecessary. I barely listened to it.Overall, I liked the first half (the first two files of the download). The other two were disappointing; too long; overcooked.
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