I loved this book when I first read it, but I love to listen to books Even if I've already read them. I have been searching for this book for so long. I couldn't even find it stolen online. Finally Audible has the full version, and I couldn't be happier that it's available in a form which provides income to the author and the voice artist.
This really is a classic, if you're gawking at the price or the 2 credits instead of one, go ahead, splurge. It's worth it. This is one of the most engaging books I've ever read, it keeps you interested and wanting to learn more with every word. You'll actually learn a lot of maths if you've never done number theory or theory of computation. The story is set in World War II following two characters and also in the 1990s following another, a descendant of one of the two former. I would say this is Stephenson's first venture into what becomes "steam-punk" i.e. looking at past technology with the same eye we bring to future technology. He looks at an organ and sees a computer.
besides that, the story is riveting, if i didn't already mention this...
We get to hear Siobhan Clark as a woman for the first time! so nice
This is the first Rebus novel, his orgin story, telling about his time in the SAS and it sets him up for all the other novels and pre Siobhan Clark
The narrator is English, which should have disqualified him. it is painful to listen to his attempts at a Scottish accent and his female voices are particularly unsettling.
I grew up in Massachusetts, and the guy who read this book needs a quick lesson. Route 128 is pronounced like "root" not like "rowte", and the "a" Natick is pronounced like in "ate" not like "at".
It is a wonderfully fun book and a great reading in general, but when you get to these words and mess them up so thoroughly, especially in a book which centres on the city, it ruins the experience for me.
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