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)
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.
I liked the story lines about the gaming. I didn't much care for the terrorist intrigue.
The accents. Though I listened to this on 1.5x speed as the reading was a bit slow for me.
I didn't get to the end. Stephenson couldn't hold my attention, and I've previously loved lots of his stuff.
This almost read like Stephenson was trying to ghost write a Crichton novel. It was definitely faster paced than the later Stephenson novels, but still seemed to lag a lot more than Snowcrash. Unfortunately the story seemed much shallower as well.
I think I have, since he sounded familiar. He did a good job, though sometimes he sounds a little too much like the generic movie voice. You know, the one that so often starts off with something like: "..IN A WORLD, WHERE TWO PEOPLE MEET AS STRANGERS...".
This book has ever earmark of having been written precisely so it could be turned into a movie. It should easily translate. I would probably go see the movie. It wasn't that it was a bad story, but it just didn't have the vast number of facets that most of Stephenson's novels seem to.
I'm just a crazy old man, what the heck do you care what I think anyways?
Yes. It's full of Neal's complex studies of ..everything.... but not a daunting future world as in Diamond Age.
The Hacker from Hungry. Big wholesome guy, computer nerd, becomes a hero.
Excellent reading. Many accents, all done perfectly.
A cabal of terrorists vs a community of survivalists. May the craziest gun nut win.
Twist of reality. Gamers who create an action heavy adventure game on the internet, find themselves in a real life, international, action adventure with no "reboot" only ... only fight or die!
I think this story promised well at the beginning but relied too much on stereotypical characters - all the women were innocent and seen by the men as vulnerable, all the men were naughty boys in one way or another. The final shoot-out was predictable and quite boring really. There were some unresolved but important plot details lost in a bloodfest in the mountains. Overall, it kept me engaged, but I was disappointed by the denouement.
Maybe, after a few years have passed.
It's a Neal Stephenson. The details are all credible and spot on.
The meeting of the russian mobsters and the islamic terrorists.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Complex and not easy to follow but good general listen if you are not concerned with the intellectual process.
This is a fast paced story. Dealing with addiction to video games money to make out of them and a close knit gun toking family. Set in America, Canada and China with the Russian mafia and the Islamic terrorist army. You are in for a wild ride. I definitely recommend this book.
Say something about yourself!
I wish I have read the reviews before because I kind of agree with dome of the other readers.It is very long, I have not really an idea why so many people was eager to risk everything for the girl.
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