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Reamde Audiobook

Reamde

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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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    mgalexander 02-25-15
    mgalexander 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!!"

    Really enjoy Neal Stephenson. His detail & knowledge shine through but can, for some, get bogged down. Excited to see if the TV series makes it & how they'll cast it.

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    Romeo421 02-23-15
    Romeo421 02-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "great book"

    great book, Malcolm Hilgartner provides great narration. a long listen at 30+ hours that keeps you interested with its twists and turns. I thought it was going to be more about the game but it turned out to be an international trek about terrorists, computer hackers, and having your family's back.

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    Amazon Customer 02-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Really great"

    Excellent performance and a much better story than I would have expected. Much better tech and a great world wide setting.

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    Derek Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 02-12-15
    Derek Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite books!!!!!"

    I have listened to it three times now and like it better every time. Very well written and the narration couldn't be better.

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    roadtrippers 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love the tales Neal Stephenson brilliantly weaves."

    it was great how more and more characters entered & evolved getting the reader to feel a familiarity with them..as,they wove together intricately and resolved in the end.

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    Gregory T. Anderson 02-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excruciating..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, two things:First, this book was advertised as some kind of cyber warfare thriller with a dangerous computer virus being unleashed upon the world. While the computer virus (REAMDE) has its impact on the story, that part is almost completely resolved by the middle of the book and becomes no more than a complicated device to explain why these rather uninteresting characters are shooting at each other.Second, the detail of the action scenes is so detailed that it becomes mindnumbing and makes it difficult for the reader to focus on anything more than what kind of gun is being used at that particular moment.


    Has Reamde turned you off from other books in this genre?

    While I have never been a big fan of action/adventure in the first place, it was the advertised cyber warfare element of the story that urged me to give the book a chants. I will certainly hesitate the next time an action/adventure book professes to be a tale about cyber warfare.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    I did not find any of the characters particularly engrossing, but, if I was forced to pick a favorite, it would be Zula, the Eritrea born adopted niece of Richard Forthrast who transforms from a bored girlfriend to a terrorist fighting heroine. Nonetheless and despite this transformation, even she is not all that interesting.


    Was Reamde worth the listening time?

    I only finished it because I did not want to waste the money I spent on it. I was literally counting the minutes I had left to listen during the final hours the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the author wrote this book merely to glorify and romanticize guns and the so-called "gun nuts" of whom the author can clearly be counted as one.

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    Marty Freeman 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Long and tedious"
    What did you like best about Reamde? What did you like least?

    The intrigue and the combination of hacking crime with terrorist.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Took way to long to get there.....By the time it was finished I was just saying finally.


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

    I would probably never finish it due to some boring detail.


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

    Yes. Don't know.


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    Matt Ranlett Atlanta Georgia 02-01-15
    Matt Ranlett Atlanta Georgia 02-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Husband, father of 2, and a software developer moving slowly and unsteadily into management. I love reading, especially fiction & history

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    "Great narration, griping thriller"

    I love this kind of sorry & this is a great one. There were a lot of great twists in the plot and a great cat of characters. The narrator did a fantastic job, effecting different accents and voices to help distinguish the characters.
    Highly recommended!

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    David F Silver Bennington, VT, US 01-28-15
    David F Silver Bennington, VT, US 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    A gripping plot, superbly interwoven threads that come together satisfyingly. Good narrator. The writing is a tad annoying in that it meticulously describes the details of every physical movement, every mechanical device etc. Sometimes this detail is necessary but often it is tedious. However, over all excellently done and very enjoyable.

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    John Petersen 01-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great listen"

    Stephenson's story is richly complex and complete. The characters were strong. The end a little weak but is something I'm use to with this author who except for that is my favorite.

    Narration was very good. Only one word misspoken by my count over 36 hours.

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