Listening to books often provides a startlingly different perspective than reading. SnowCrash's faults of extreme didactic-ism were highlighted while listening to what seemed interminable lecture after lecture, read, to my ears, in an affected and irritating manner. On the other hand Cryptonomicron, if not improved, was certainly not "diminished" by the narration. It took a while to accept Dufris' sometimes heavy handed characterization of some of the main characters, but as the stories wound on, what seemed affected early on, became less problematic later. As with Snowcrash there's a LOT of lecturing going on; but Stephenson works the lectures into conversations in a far more adept fashion. And the plots, while fantastic, were grounded in lots of solid research...eg there really WAS a German sub, U-234, that was supposed to bring material that might allow Japan to construct an atomic bomb before the war's end.
Gotu's construction of Golgotha.
no way! I actually pulled out the hardback copy to get details straight several times.
No. Snow Crash is a book that works much better "read" novel than "listened." Stephenson is VERY discursive; whole chapters are really nothing but lectures - often very interesting when read but very tedious and, really, rather pretentious when listened to. Much of the humor evaporated in the audio version, which I think is primarily the fault of Jonathan Davis whose performance is terrible precious and mannered. Some books reveal more of them selves when read well - I've just listened to Gibson's "Zero History" and appreciated Gibson's ability to sum up salient points in a sharp sentence as opposed to Stephenson's taking chapters to do the same thing. (I've read most of Stephenson - though got very tired of the Baroque Cycle - and all of Gibson).
well i'm quite curious about how both The Diamond Age and Cryptonomicron fare as audio books. I very much enjoyed both and each has a reader other than Davis.
I've very much enjoyed the modern London police procedural / weird
supernatural novels that Ben Aaronovitch, who's written some of the Dr. Who
episodes has turned out. So far both Patty and I have read Midnight Riot,
Moon over Soho and his latest, Whispers Under Ground. But now we're
listening to the audible version of the first in the series, Midnight Riot
and - the audiobook is better still. There's very much the Dr. Whoish mash
up of laugh out loud humor, good characterization and dialogue and moments
of pretty off the wall bits of ..gruesomeness. Kobna Hold-brook Smith does a terrific
job of handling the wide variety of accents* that a London copper is going
to encounter. And, just as asides, a lot of background on London
architecture which is constable Grant's particular hobby. Much cleverer
and FAR better written than, say, Jim Butcher's stories (which i happen to
enjoy). And a lot of fascinating background on the history and current state of the London jazz scene (Grant's father was/is a semi-legendary sax player).
*being an untraveled American i can't speak to the accuracy of the accents beyond what one gleans from Masterpiece theater, etc.
Possibly Neil Gaiman ..if Gaiman was doing police procedurals!.
I have absolutely NO complaints. One of the best readings of any of the many audible books we own. In general I much prefer books read by one performer rather that "team" efforts.
No...but we listen, more or less in chapters, while commuting.
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