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)
Engaging, addictive, exciting
Russian security expert (Socolov?)
Suspense, intrige, and a lot of popcorn
The combination of author and narrator is outstanding. The two should work with each other again.
I found the story to have a lot of twists and turns and it caught me off guard several times. For me to listen to a long story like this it has to be good.
This was my first listen to a Neal Stephenson book and it was quite entertaining. It was slow to begin, and I was close to stopping it. Keep listening!
The story is intricate and has a number of well developed characters.
Suspend belief because there was a lot of things that would never happen in the real world. But this is fiction and so that doesn't bother me.
Two things did bother me. The author needs to find synonyms for "reckon". That word was terribly over used to the point that it became annoying.
The narrator had trouble with the accents. It would be better if he didn't even try. But it wasn't a huge distraction from the over all story. In the long run I would call it a good narration, but not perfect.
In the end this was a great story and I'm quite happy to have spent the time listening to it.
Neal Stephenson is a genius. I can't ken his math/computer driven world, but I respect them and do the best I can. I get tremendous pleasure from his brilliant, intricate storries, his marvelously drawn interesting people, and his (in-spite-of-himself) romantic bent and above all his wit. He loves to play with language and it's a joy to follow him wherever he chooses to lead us whether we understand it all or not. You never can tell - we just might learn something.
I love audio so I consider all audio books better than print. :)
The character development! Great and you really get invested in all of the characters.
Well - Shamus was fabulous and Chandor - not sure of the spelling - but phonetically they are right - but I have to say I love all the characters - except the bad guys - however Malcolm did a great job with everyone!
oh gosh well I may have wanted to but it would have been impossible.
Great book - I highly recommend it!
Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
Initially wasn't sure this one was for me, but after 2 or 3 hours I really got into it. Loved it! finished looking for more.
If you like Neal Stephenson, you'll love this book. If you don't like Neal Stephenson, you might like this book anyways.
Although I enjoyed the performance, I took points off for the recording of the performance. The recording includes echoes from the walls of the recording room. A closer mic or better acoustic dampening would have helped make the most of the great read. The problem isn't noticeable over speakers, but in headphones it's hard to ignore.
It's better than Snow Crash but not as good as Cryptonomicon.
A better recording studio would have improved the sound quality.
No, it's a quick read that doesn't leave a lasting impact.
This is probably a good story if you can get thru it. It just goes on & on & on. I tried to listen to this book on a long trip but finally gave up after about 20-something hours. So many things happen that don't seem to have a reason or play a part in the story itself. If it wasn't so rambling, I would have enjoyed it. Just not for me.
I got started and can't imagine listening to 38 hours of this... It starts out so slow and is to much about electronic gaming...
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