In 1972, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, fled to the mountains of British Columbia to avoid the draft. A skilled hunting guide, he eventually amassed a fortune by smuggling marijuana across the border between Canada and Idaho. As the years passed, Richard went straight and returned to the States after the U.S. government granted amnesty to draft dodgers. He parlayed his wealth into an empire and developed a remote resort in which he lives. He also created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game with millions of fans around the world.
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.
Racing around the globe from the Pacific Northwest to China to the wilds of northern Idaho and points in between, Reamde is a swift-paced thriller that traverses worlds virtual and real. Filled with unexpected twists and turns in which unforgettable villains and unlikely heroes face off in a battle for survival, it is a brilliant refraction of the 21st century, from the global war on terror to social media, computer hackers to mobsters, entrepreneurs to religious fundamentalists. Above all, Reamde is an enthralling human story - an entertaining and epic pause-resister from the extraordinary Neal Stephenson.
©2011 Neal Stephenson (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller...Who’ll prevail? We don’t know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson’s knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.” (Lev Grossman, Time)
Another twisty plot with many characters and sub-plots. It was hard to put it down!
I've never listened to a book narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner, nor have I read a Neal Stephenson novel. That was MY mistake. This novel was a fantastic read, a page-turner that never really lagged despite its 1000-plus pages. And the audio book was just as fantastic, a true feat considering all of the various accents and long scenes of continuous action. I was never lost listening to this book -- instead, I got lost inside it. It actually made me wish my commute to work was longer, so I could keep listening. Highly recommended. I jumped between the audiobook and the ebook version, and always heard Mr. Hillgartner's voice in my head when I was reading the ebook.
Plenty of action, good characters, fast passed but detailed. Reamde is an enjoyable listen with very good narration.
No, different, not better.
Unfortunately, the written version and the audio version did not sync up as promised. I listened to this on my Kindle and it required a lot of catching up any time I switched from the written version to the audio version. I probably will not buy another audio version of a book because of this. Entirely too much work.
Lots to love here, especially for Stephenson fans. I had only read his furistic and fantastic stories like Snow Crash and Anathem. I appreciated seeing his take on a "real-world" setting. I was thoroughly impressed by the research he must have undertaken to write in such detail about such a wide variety of topics: MMORPGs, North American and Asian geography and culture, spy craft, international flight operations... the list boggles the mind. The story is tight and fast moving, even though you wouldn't expect it to be from it's epic 38+ hour runtime!
Malcolm Hillgartner deserves credit for his masterful reading of the piece. I suspect very few narrators could pull off a read like this; Hillgartner was the right choice. There must be 30+ different reoccurring voices that were required of the narrator, yet he was able to keep them distinct and consistent throughout. His at times grave and at times light interpretation of the material fit Stephenson's style very well.
This wouldn't be my recommendation of an introduction to Neal Stephenson (that would be Snow Crash). I do think Stephenson fans should strap in for a long drive or a week of commuting with REAMDE cued up on their device: it is a great ride with a lot of variety to love along the way!
I am Over the road truck driver and listen to books as much as I can.
yes cause it is good stuff
chapter 1 thru the end
when dodge pulled out eggdrop? out and nailed the hackers
yes when the family at the re-u were out shooting up the creek, reminded me of a lot of time spent up at the creek in east texas
was not sure before i bought this bought was pleasently surpised
I loved this book. It was a globe spanning, nerdy adventure featuring Games, hackers, terrorists, wing-nuts, smugglers, spys and soldiers of fortune. James Bond meets Tron.
Snowcrash defined the last ten years of game and I have little doubt that we will be seeing echoes of REAMDE in the next 10.
Neal has some great books and I am a huge fan. For example Anathem and Snow Crash are great stories that are unique and creative. Reamde was predictable and too mainstream for a Neal Stephenson novel.
Neal does an excellent job of building up characters, keeping the story moving and weaving just enough different threads to make this enjoyable. By the end of the book, I found myself almost sad it was over. I had gotten to know these characters and found myself missing them when it was over and wanting to know more about how their lives played out after the final scenes.
Thrillers, Children's' fiction, Shakespeare...good Narrators "make or break" for me though. Love sharing a listen with my 10 year daughter!
Reamde is full of likeable "baddies" I'm just listening to it now and love it.
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