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Snow Crash | [Neal Stephenson]

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.
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Publisher's Summary

Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison - a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.


In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosaNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about Infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous...you'll recognize it immediately.

©1992 Neal Stephenson; (P)2001 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliantly realized...Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)

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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-02-10
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-02-10 Member Since 2012

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Treasure Trove"

    On a long drive from Colorado through Texas to Tennessee alone I was thoroughly entertained and enlightened. A thousand miles passed immersed in a new future imagined and realized. A fascinating future described in intimate detail. Alternate lives as avatars in a strange new land unfold in a captivating story filled with philosophy and technology. There is so much going on here and so many of those who reviewed this book must have missed it.

    At 64 I doubt I am part of the target audience but I opened my mind and let this book flow through me like the broken yellow line on the unfolding ribbon of asphalt through the windshield of my Vibe GT. What a thrill ride! Like a skateboard messenger hooked to a speeding pizza delivery guy working for the Mafia I surfed the future and wound up richer for the experience of this long strange trip. dig it

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Noel 02-09-11
    Noel 02-09-11 Member Since 2009

    Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.

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    "Classic Book/Excellent Performance"

    Snow Crash is probably one of the best all-time science fiction books ever written. Genre-savvy enough to poke fun at itself, but packed with erudition as well. (Well, what do you expect from Neal Stephenson). The characters are interesting and engaging, and the plot appropriately-paced. As a computer professional and a language wonk, myself, it's one I always come back to.

    Johnathan Davis' performance is surprisingly good. He manages to make each character's voice memorable, and has a decent facility with a range of accents.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michele SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-01-10
    Michele SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-01-10 Member Since 2014

    I'm a designer (interiors and graphics) with an English degree. I recovered my love of reading after a disastrous bout with grad school.

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    "A Graphic Novel for the Sightless"

    No one writing today has more ideas about the history of technology or more passion for popular culture, or more willingness to spin heady theories about all of the above in densely plotted and populated novels than Neal Stephenson. Sometimes these ideas are exhilarating. Sometimes they're just dumb. But even when Stephenson resembles your crank engineer uncle on meth, he manages to do so with humor and elan. "Snow Crash" is an all-prose comic book, a novel that manages to be simultaneously apocalyptic and slight.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke P. Anderson USA 07-17-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent"

    This is great SF -- intelligent, interesting, well told, very well written, involving, and in this case hillarious. The audio book also has excellent narration. Of all books I've listened to from Audible, this is my top pick.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer 12-21-12
    Spencer 12-21-12
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    "Couldn't Finish It"

    I get that this book was groundbreaking and has been massively influential on our culture, both literary and otherwise. However, I could not make myself finish this thing. I made it almost to the end and just stopped caring. Neither of the two main characters are particularly likable and every idea in this story has since been done better in other books. I couldn't get over how pretentious the whole thing feels--I could hear the smug satisfaction in Neal Stephenson's words. He frequently spends entire chapters explaining details that aren't relevant, or going on about history lessons that the reader's already figured out. The world he's created doesn't always make sense, either. Why would there be a company for the United States Government, if there's no United States? I made it well past the 75% mark and I still didn't understand half the motivations for the growing cast of characters. Doesn't help that the sound quality flickers back and forth--I found numerous examples where entire sentences just got washed out in bizarre distortion effects, and there's a large chunk later in the story where they just forget to mention what chapter they're on. It's not a terrible story, but it's got almost no merit now that all of its ideas have been done better since its release.

    The reader was fine, though I found it a little annoying he kept pronouncing "Katana" as "Kuh-TAN-uh" instead of "Kuh-TAHN-uh."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Antioch, TN, United States 10-25-12
    Scott Antioch, TN, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked the narrator, but the story needs polish."
    What would have made Snow Crash better?

    It seems that a lot of the characters interaction seemed forced and/or unrealistic. Items and ideas just seemed to be inserted and accepted without a lot of thought, which seemed out of place. Plot devices like the conspiracy, the big virus, the librarian and other things that just appear in the story seemed more like deus-ex-machina than anything else. I thought it was pretty clumsy attempts to move the story forward for the most part. What made this worse is that it was inconsistently bad. There were liberal sprinkles of interesting dialog, action, and plot. But truth be told it just made the bad parts stick out more. In all I got the impression that this book needed a good editor to make it shine. It has all of the elements, it just seemed rough around the edges, often, and that kept throwing me out of the story.


    Has Snow Crash turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, and I might try reading the author's books again too. Just going to be a bit more cautious about it.


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

    he made the characters and the worldview concepts interesting and the dialog smooth. If it were anyone else I would not have finished the book at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really liked the concept of the world and the way the different characters existed in it. The virtual world and how people worked with it was fascinating as The descriptions of the corporations and syndicates and how they existed in the world was also very neat to hear.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-18-12 Member Since 2014

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Overrated"

    This book is full of some extremely clever ideas, and I really want to like it more than I do.

    It seemed to me like the story never settled on a tone. It was never funny enough to be a comedy, and never serious enough to be straight sci-fi. You're left with something that is stuck halfway in between, in world you don't care about with characters that you don't feel anything for, because they aren't charming enough to be likable, and their peril never feels real enough that you can sympathize with them.

    The book leaves you with a number of interesting ideas to chew on, all of which probably could have been used to greater effect in a better story.

    My biggest complaint about the book is that it ended before the story did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 02-12-10
    Jake 02-12-10 Member Since 2011

    I average three books a week, but as I cannot afford to purchase that many books I frequently re-read those I already have. If you are here looking for reviews, I typically only review those books I feel particularly strongly about or have some insight that hasn't yet been posted in a review.

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    "An entertaining read, but not for everyone."

    I'd give this one a 5 except for two things: 1) The babel-chant that is used to bridge each transition and chapter (gets EXTREMELY annoying by the end of the book). 2) The story isn't quite up to the standards of Sci-Fi I'm used to, though I think my familiarity with virtually every topic covered in the plot exacerbates this somewhat (hard to suspend disbelief when you know too much to the contrary) - "Speculative Fiction" really is a better classification for this story, or even "Science Fantasy" (as in, it would be cool if things worked that way).

    Some other things that might detract from your enjoyment of this book include: Long monologues/dialogs in which vast amounts of plot-info is simply presented to you (this may comprise as much as 25% of the novel, but any other delivery method would have resulted in the book being twice as long). There is also cursing, sexual references, theological references (just about every major religion), drug use, etc.

    On the positive side, this book can be extremely funny (listen to the free preview - best pizza delivery ever, though not terribly relevant to the plot). The characters are great and the narrator does an excellent job. The story itself is entertaining and the world is fairly original. You'll get a decent intro into ancient history and mythology that I guarantee will be more interesting than any class on the subject (though obviously fictionalized to advance the plot). I think this book is unique in that I've never read a book set in the future that's plot was so dependent on the distant past (that didn't involve time-travel to said past).

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Orlando, FL, USA 05-27-04
    Stephanie Orlando, FL, USA 05-27-04
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    "Excellent reading of vastly entertaining story"

    i've been avoiding Snow Crash for ages, despite the high recommendations of my friends. in this case, i'm glad i went for the audiobook, because the reader they chose really made the listening a huge pleasure. the story is fast-paced, very entertaining, and rather amazing for how closely it parallels some of what is happening today. highly recommended.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Kienholz Wisconsin, USA 05-29-03
    Kathryn Kienholz Wisconsin, USA 05-29-03 Member Since 2013

    kmkat

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    "Good reader, imaginative plot."

    I haven't been a reader (or listener) of science fiction for years -- since I was a teenager -- but I bought "Snow Crash" because I recognized the author's name as a major s.f. writer who had won awards (and I was attempting to understand why my teenage son was so enthralled with s.f.). I'm glad I did -- this book was great fun to listen to. The reader was good, the plot imaginative. Maybe not Great Literature, but definitely great escapism.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Emma Churchouse
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    5/18/15
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    "Hours of delicious escapism"
    Any additional comments?

    Snow Crash was an instant favourite when first encountered as a student in the 90s (studying ancient civilisations by day, gaming by night...) and 20 years hasn't dulled it's appeal. Having it delivered straight to your ear by the smooth, effortless voice of Jonathan Davis while your body is doing other things is a definite treat - shades of the Metaverse? Some of the technology and concepts have lost their initial impact due to the passage of time but the story does not feel dated. The pace moves from fast and furious to scholarly pauses and back again with ease. The unlikely main characters are engaging for both their abilities and their flaws; the burbclaves and franchised countries are all too believable for anyone who has come across "suburb snobbery" in a modern city. And I defy any dog lover not to moved by the Rat Things. An action packed, witty, intelligently observed, bizarre, tongue in cheek vision of our near future.The narration by Jonathan Davis is animated and excellently done. A voice actor that can believably be a teenage skater chick, a computerised librarian and a Vietnamese cyborg with ease, consistency and flawless movement between each is a joy to listen to.The final word? I wish there was a way to read/listen to Snow Crash again for the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    5/3/15
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    "Extraordinary but over-written"

    Snow Crash contains some fascinating concepts (as always from Neal Stephenson) but the book could do with a good edit as it spent too much time on some of the minor characters and some details of the story. Perhaps this is an investment for a sequel. The characters -- even Hiro and YT -- are two dimensional and in some cases this is quite frustrating. However this is a book in which to revel in the strangeness and, yes, the silliness of the story that frames a Big Idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
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    "Probably the worst audio book i've listened to"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have to have been totally re written with a coherent story


    What will your next listen be?

    a better book


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    he was paid


    What character would you cut from Snow Crash?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your time like I wasted mine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Deeks
    Ipswich, UK
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    "muddled but still good"

    The world is great, fleshed out, vibrant, colourful and believably detailed. The characters are a mess, jumbled, unfocused, and simply not characters. The story is nothing, after hours of setup it just stops. All the time spent working it's mythology and creating 'tension' between characters just goes nowhere, there is no resolutions, no finality, no sense of accomplishment. Were it not for the world it's set in this would be a 2 star rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fen
    3/2/15
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    "excellent performance of a brilliant book"

    wonderful narrator and great story. not 'easy listening' (need to pay attention else it's easy to get lost) but very enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. J. Cazaly
    gran canaria, spain
    2/24/15
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    "Not my cup of tea,"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I couldn't get passed the first chapter. It just went on and on about nonsense. Others may love this book but it was not for me. Sorry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    2/23/15
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    "Strange but interesting."

    Good characters and an interesting look at the world. Manga style story with all the strange and wonderful twists that manga brings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "Some original content and fresh ideas"

    liked this a lot. some great thinking and original content. Narrative could have been stronger towards the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "A CP Classic which aged a little better"

    Pretty good, but not a patch on Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle. You can see the embryo of those greater works, and the story is pacy and entertaining enough. As with a lot of cyberpunk stuff, there is are inevitably so many "near future" predictions that seem a little laughable in light of the real development in technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    6/15/12
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    "Theologibabble"

    It's difficult to know how to rate this one as parts of it are engaging and there are some great ideas here. The main problem is that it comes over as a bunch of disparate elements mashed together into one volume that doesn't quite work. Large chunks of the story ar like sitting through a theology lecture and, while interesting enough, it adds a somewhat pretentious air. The plot does eventually meander its way to a conclusion which is satisfying enough, though a great deal of material could have been jettisoned to the book's benefit. Worth a listen if you're running out of other material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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