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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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    Gregory 09-17-12
    Gregory 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Introduced me to audio books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reamde to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    I liked the different voices and the overall performance of the narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me get an audible account and convinced me to try audio books.


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    David Columbus, OH, United States 08-23-12
    David Columbus, OH, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Slighly frustrating, but still a good story"

    I am a big Stephenson fan and this book has the same deeply engaging and detailed storyline structure as his previous books but is missing the juicy technical details, it seems his long detailed asides in Reamde are reserved for biographical information about the characters or scenery and whenever he approaches a technical subject he just zooms on by. Having just read Cryptonomicon and Diamond Age I was hoping for more fun technical details and science lessons. This is still a great story, but that's all it is, you're not going to learn much reading this one, or if you are its going to be about the Russian mafia, combat tactics, and terrorism.

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    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 08-21-12
    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Its not "Ready Player One""
    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    Sokolov


    Any additional comments?

    It started off a little slow. I almost gave up. I'm glad I didn't. Reamde turned out to be one of my favorite books. Give it about an hour, things really get going then.

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    Gordon Martin Coto de Caza, Ca USA 08-18-12
    Gordon Martin Coto de Caza, Ca USA 08-18-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Not a surprise in sight."
    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Malcolm Hillgartner?

    Grindingly tedious.
    The end did not come a minute too soon.


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

    No


    What aspect of Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance would you have changed?

    The reader should learn to distinguish between a sub-machine gun and and sub-marine gun.


    Was Reamde worth the listening time?

    Dragged on and on. Not really. Could have be 10 hours shorter and had more impact.


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    Julie Melbourne, Australia 08-18-12
    Julie Melbourne, Australia 08-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Blockbuster Material"

    The story line for this novel must have covered an entire wall. A cast of thousands battles it out with the forces of evil all across the globe. Listening as opposed to reading made it MUCH more gripping as there was no cheating with a quick scan of the final chapter and following the unbelievably convoluted plot involved quite a lot of sitting in the car for some time after actually arriving somewhere so as to reach a suitable place to break the narrative.
    A very very engaging listen.

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    Matt United States 08-16-12
    Matt United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "couldn't hold my interest"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps someone with little knowledge of video games will like this.


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

    The dialog and video game jargon was too corny. The narrating character is annoying and unconvincing.


    Any additional comments?

    I make video games for a living and never thought a book about people making video games by the same guy who wrote Diamond Age would fail to hold my attention yet I stopped listening after a few hours and don't ever see myself giving this one a second chance.

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    peter seattle, WA, United States 08-13-12
    peter seattle, WA, United States 08-13-12
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    "literary unmanned drone"
    Any additional comments?

    Was expecting quite a lot after listening to "Anathema" and "Cryptomicon". Was anticipating high concepts explained and unconventional plot lines, what I got was a post 911 wish fulfillment fantasy. Putting tech nerds and survivalists in the center of the war on terror was not really what I was expecting. I found myself rooting for one of the protagonists who was hoping the jihadists and the rednecks would wipe eachother out. Oh well, proves that even literary geniuses have an off day, kind of like the painters of the Cistene Chapel making flaws in their work to prove they are only human.

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    Hugh Perth 08-10-12
    Hugh Perth 08-10-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "I could not commit to this book"

    I listened to the first 2 parts of this - and it seemed ok. If there was some kind of conclusion there, then I would have rated it highly. But life is too short - I would rather try something else, rather than 3 more parts of the same. 2/5 stars for 2/5 parts of the book. Maybe I will change my opinion if I ever get around to finishing it.

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    Mark Lakeland, FL USA 08-05-12
    Mark Lakeland, FL USA 08-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen, unexpectedly EPIC story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have, many times. It's funny, sad, tense, heartwarming and even occasionally shocking at others. The scope of the story was just beyond what I expected. It is so rare that a story one has not prepared oneself for turns out to be as rewarding a read. Picture a whisky drinker, handed a gin martini, who in turn discovers he now loves gin. (Tried for lightning in a bottle twice - Anathem was not a similar experience! On to Snow Crash!)


    What other book might you compare Reamde to and why?

    I chose the book in my post-Ready-Player-One-Ernie Cline afterglow, but this is NOTHING like that story. Okay, it's minutely similar in that a game is involved. For like 1% of the book. This is real world, minor-suspension of disbelief material. The story is so wide, I really don't have a great comparison in my contemporary fiction library in the same vein.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything involving the EXCELLENT reading of Hillgartner - so proper, serious, refined - and Richard's borderline-Asperberger's personality.


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

    Yes, but as long as it is... unlikely.


    Any additional comments?

    Check it out. Give yourself a moment to fall in love with these characters, then be ready to groan as they fall deeper and deeper into trouble. Be prepared to travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard L. Oakes Tucker, GA United States 08-04-12
    Howard L. Oakes Tucker, GA United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "It was OK"

    I have listened to other Neal Stephenson books and loved them. This one was ok, and I would not disuade anyone from listening to it, but it was not on par with his other books. At nearly 40 hours, it should have been better.

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