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Reamde | [Neal Stephenson]

Reamde

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great novel by Neal Stephenson."
    If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

    Near Future Thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the many moments when Stephenson stops for a moment in the story to share an interesting anectote for the situation at hand. One example is a description of why people have the archetypical elves and dwarves in fantasy literature. another is how some conversations can eventually revolve around non-sequitor subjects, like bears, and a good conversationalist will steer clear of them.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hillgartner is a good narrator with a deep voice and clear pronunciation that carry well across a room. He also adds a distinct personality to every character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I hesitate to describe the moment because it would spoil an important plot twist halfway in the book. Let's say our protagonist has been put in a terrible situation realizes that not only can she escape, but many of the decisions she made up to that point have been subtly enabling that escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend giving it a chance. If you like Neal Stephensons writing style, you'll like this book. Personally, I don't believe that this is Neal Stephenson's strongest work when compared to genre-defining masterpieces like Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. That doesn't mean that its a bad book by any means. Instead of taking place 40 or 100 years in the future, it takes place two. Some of the events are plausible, but I found it harder to suspend my disbelief.

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    02-26-12
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    "I want to see the movie!"

    This was my first Neal Stephenson book and I LOVED it! Actually, I finished reading it yesterday and started listening to it again today. I cared about all the characters, even some of the jihadist bad guys. My favorite character was scrappy, brave Yuxia. And I'd like to read another book with Sokolov in it.

    I loved the ride around the wilds of British Columbia and China and Malaysia. I loved the Forthright brothers, all quirky in their own way, and the way their families gather for Thanksgiving to shoot guns and spend time with the bedridden patriarch.

    Mr. Stephenson has a fun sense of humor and also knows how to keep the action moving and build tension. A few parts were difficult to believe, but, hey, it's fiction.

    I think Malcolm Hillgartner does a really good job with all the languages, but, like reviewer Patrick wrote, his Chinese accent sounded Tejano.

    I've never been into gaming, but this book made me wish there was a T'rain that I could play.

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    Bill NOVA 02-25-12
    Bill NOVA 02-25-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Finally a writer that weaves a complex high tech t"

    Stephenson creates a complex set of characters and keeps the reader wondering what is next..and rooting for the lead characters. Starting in Iowa, driving/flying to Canada, exploding in Seattle and the really big bang in China...this book reminded me of the first of the Bourne series and its rich complex plots. A great read/listen

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    Carlile D. Crutcher Louisville, KY United States 02-24-12
    Carlile D. Crutcher Louisville, KY United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating thriller with wondrous fun language"
    What made the experience of listening to Reamde the most enjoyable?

    A major romp staged in the US, China, the Philippines, Canada and space in a computer game with Russians and Hungarians thrown in. This 74-year old computer guy found the story fascinating and the language used terrific and stimulating.


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    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 02-18-12
    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 02-18-12
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    "Is this Science Fiction?????"

    I decided to listen to Reamde after being blown away by Snow Crash. Boy was that a mistake! I only got about 10 hrs into the book before having to abandon it all together. The book is too long for the subject matter, moves way too slowly, and really does not constitute "science fiction" (at least based on what I struggled through ).

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am not normally a fan of cyberpunk novels and tend to prefer hard sci-fi. Snow Crash was amazing because it crossed both genres and did an excellent job with each. Not true with Reamde. I probably won't listen to any more NS novels after this experience....

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    Amazon Customer Mooresville, NC, United States 02-17-12
    Amazon Customer Mooresville, NC, United States 02-17-12
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    "Good story, but a little too long"

    I've read most of Mr. Stephenson's work, and would consider myself a fan. I really liked the first 2/3 of the book, but felt like the final bit was kind of contrived. The book moved with real kinetic energy, but the set-up for the final scene and the way he tried to bring all of the characters back together just didn't work for me. I understood the reason for it, but while the first parts of the book felt like something that could really happen, I found myself having to increase my suspension of disbelief as it wound up.

    It's still a very enjoyable read and I'd recommend it, but it ain't the Baroque Cycle.

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    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 02-16-12
    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 02-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Stephenson's best work"

    From his other books I have come to expect something better from Neal Stephenson. His works are usually presenting very interesting ideas; scientific and philosophical integrated into an interesting plot. This book started out this way but before is was a quarter over, it descended into a long, tedious action story that reminded me of watching a marathon full season of "24" (Fox). I finished it to see what was going to happen to the individuals but had to slog through too much running around and shooting jihadi's all around the pacific coast. The new idea part had mostly to do with a World of Warcraft style game and what kind of business consequences it was having.

    I was disappointed.

    The reader did a good job.

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    Amazon Customer Snowflake, AZ, United States 02-16-12
    Amazon Customer Snowflake, AZ, United States 02-16-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excruciatingly verbose about meaningless minutia"
    What disappointed you about Reamde?

    The writing is simply bad. This is not because it lacks style, imagination, or information. It is bad because the author loves simile and owns a rather thick thesaurus. The end result are descriptions that include off the wall personification and ridiculous dark and foreboding cumulous cloud word phrases (I really can’t do that as good – or bad – as the author). I own many audio books – and this is only the second I have ever counted as a loss and turned off.P.S. – The story, as far as I heard, was unrealistic at its core.


    Any additional comments?

    As is common when a book is read, the narrator really needed to ask for advice on how to pronounce a few of the technical words. I can forgive SQL (pronounced sequel) but there were a few that were doozies. I guess they need a better editor?

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    Michael L. Sternad Falls Church, VA, United States 02-15-12
    Michael L. Sternad Falls Church, VA, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2001

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    "while a great story, a better reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Reamde the most enjoyable?

    Stephenson has done it again; an exciting story, with a very interesting basis.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Hillgartner's performance, and putting accents to different characters made the entire story extremely pleasurable. One of the best performances I've ever listened to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A very long book, but couldn't wait to get to the next listening session.


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    Lauren 02-14-12
    Lauren 02-14-12
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    "Not as good as Snow Crash"
    Did Malcolm Hillgartner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good voices and accents, nicely consistent.


    Could you see Reamde being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope, not good enough.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was interesting, but after part 2 is was very foreseeable, i don't know if Neal foreshadowed deliberately, or if he's losing his touch, assuming it was deliberate, he must have a pretty dim view of his readers. the last half of the book was one big drawn out ending.

    I feel like Neal tried to imbue Richard with the persona of Hiro from Snow Crash by making them similar, but it made me feel as though Richard just had a good back story but no personality.

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