I couldn't get past the cliches in the first couple of hours. The stupid fake Irish accent of the woman, the idiotic idea of the girls being clad in period costume with bows and arrows... ohhhh my brain. It's like Gilligan's Island meets Dungeons and Dragons. It's awful.
Not my favourite Stephenson- but the worst Stephenson (which this is not) is better than the best anyone else. Probably on a par with Anathem- very good, but misses the greatness of the Baroque Cycle/Cryptonomicon. Not to be missed for fans of Stephenson or witty, fast moving urban adventure.
I don't know why I tried this- I am allergic to Heinlein. The story, as always, is interesting. The sexual politics and misogyny, not so much. I didn't finish, but the reader was good and true to the text.
Like all of Iain M Banks' Culture novels that I have read, this one was vast, mind blowing and in parts hilariously funny. The best part about Banks in audio is that my mind can wander during detailed descriptions of space (or other) battles, and not have lost the thread when the interesting (to me) stuff starts up again.
The narrator gave a unique voice characterisation to every one of the many major and minor characters, making sections of the story that I think I may have skimmed in print utterly engaging in audio. I'm sure the book has its faults, I've seen other reviewers complain about Veppers being a cardboard cutout pantomime villain, and they're right. I just didn't mind though, so much did I enjoy the personalities of the rest of the characters, especially the ships' Minds.
this is another excellent audio adaptation of Stephenson. I have read this before, in paper even, and enjoyed it. My enjoyment of the audio is infinitely greater though. The exuberance and humour of Stephenson that comes through in a good reading amazes me every time.
Not only that, but this time around, I am getting all the little "in" jokes as the cast of characters, most of whom are descended from the characters in the Baroque Cycle, take the stage. Of course Cryptocomicon was written many years before the Baroque Cycle, so that makes this referential integrity the more impressive.
This reading breathes life into each and every character in this monumental novel. The amazing texture and wit of Stephenson's writing is fully done justice to by this great adaptation. Thank you audible.com for completing this huge but wonderful project!
Story is ok (I'm not that far into it but I liked Jerry Pournelle so much after hearing him on This Week in Tech (podcast) with Leo Laporte, that I came over and bought one of his books. )
Only bad (or good) thing is that the guy reading it sounds exactly like Zap Branigan from Futurama.
this book was 16 or so hours of good fun. learn more about bass fishing than you knew there was to learn, and love every minute. The reader does a great job.
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