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Snow Crash Audiobook

Snow Crash

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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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    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.


    4 of 4 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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-02-10
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-02-10 Member Since 2016

    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

    27 of 32 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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    D. McMillen Toronto 09-22-03
    D. McMillen Toronto 09-22-03 Member Since 2013
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    "You'll love it or you'll hate"

    I love the fact that the reviews of "Snow Crash" are so mixed -- if someone doesn't give it a 4 or 5, they give it a 1 (and probably only because they can't give it a zero). It's probably very much a function of your personality: if you're the right type, it'll grab you and you'll love it. Otherwise, it'll seem stupid, boring, and pointless. I'm in the former group: I love it!

    Either way, you won't have anything to complain about in the narration, in my opinion. Jonathan Davis does an excellent job.

    39 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    january Rock Hill, SC 10-19-12
    january Rock Hill, SC 10-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "mind blowing ideas"

    This book reminds me of two things. First, I read a book a long time ago (the exact book escapes my memory) that put forth the idea that what kick started mankinds evolution was a virus that attatched itself to the brain stem and allowed higher levels of thinking. The second thing is, I recently read about the study of memes, memology. It sounds a little hokey, but the idea is that human thoughts are viruses. Once we speak them out loud, they are repeated and spread from one person to another like a virus.

    So, about this book. It started out ok, then quickly lost me as the writer went on a tangent. It wasn't that it was uninteresting. On the contrary, I was very interested, but I wished that it had been a little easier to follow. There were characters that would show up out of no where with little to no introduction. Then without explaining anything or establishing trust, one of the main characters would go off with this random person when any normal human being would have said, "Wait. Who are you again? And where are you taking me?" People died violently without ever being properly developed and it left me caring very little that they were gone.

    On the other hand, there were some things that I very much enjoyed about this book. The ideas Neal Stephanson discusses are absolutely mind blowing. The idea that religion is a virus is amazing. I disagree with some of the other reviews that said the lengthy dialogs about history and religion were boring. Those are the parts I enjoyed the most. I found the action parts to be confusing. It felt rushed and contrived. As if it were only an idea in the author's mind, but not a clearly visualized idea. Toward the middle of the book I really started to like the main characters and care about what happened to them. And near the end I even liked Raven, the bad guy and hoped that he didn't die in the end.

    It did end abruptly, though. I was hoping for some closure about certain relationships, and to find out what happened to all the refugees that got left in the ocean. I know the is a follow up book, but I doubt I'll read it. This book was ok/good, but I don't think I could make it through another one.

    3 of 3 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

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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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    Barry 05-07-03
    Barry 05-07-03 Member Since 2004

    Avid in Car listener who commutes about 3 hours per day. Audible keeps me sane in LA traffic.

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    "Complex and engaging"

    My second Neil Stevenson book that leaves me wishing there were more to hear. Excellent use of multiple story lines that merge into a final climax. Though the ending is slightly weaker than that of Snow Crash it is a good thrilling ending. Lot of subtile and not so subtile action and great technology thread through the story. A excellent book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Teaticket, MA, USA 04-06-03
    Christopher Teaticket, MA, USA 04-06-03
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    "Hard to Put Down"

    This one caught me by surprise. Because of the description on the back cover, and later of course the description in the Audible Listing, I honestly did not think I would like it. In fact that is why I avoided buying it in the bookstore, and then for the longest time here on Audible, until one day I heard a review on 2GB (an Aussie Radio Station) that favorably compaired the book to the Gibson Novels, and I thought to myself - give her a go!

    You'll not be sorry you listened to this - and I might add that the babble inlays that seperate the chapters add to the intensity of the book once you fully appreciate what they represent. While I sincerely hope that the world never grows to be what this book presents, it still makes pretty good fiction, and what my dad would call a fair dinkum stunner!

    As I listened I constantly found myself stunned by the fact that the predictions I made for the plot direction were not accurate. It's like diffi-q, in that there is more than one right answer - but either way, here is another title you'll be glad you had the opportunity to hear. Way to go Audible!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Master Rutter
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    9/1/16
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    "brilliant story"

    good narration with gripping story from a few different perspectives. would definitely recommend to anyone :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    8/22/16
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    "Very good in places"

    I read this (listened to the audiobook) after reading ready player one. I think this was a mistake as I was expecting something similar and whilst there are common themes they are not similar.

    I found it difficult to follow at first but it was generally worth the effort of persisting. The central theme which develops is interesting; the notion of a virus being transferable via language and looking at similarities in computer virus and in a human virus affecting the central nervous system. There were a lot of concepts brought up all at one which I felt a bit lost in at one point. Had I been reading I guess I would have re-read but not so easy on audio.

    I found the ending a bit of a disappointment,
    This theme which developed through the book got lost and it seemed like an action novel with a girl trying to get rescued.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jar84
    7/19/16
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    "Cyber Punk.... "

    Good examole of cyber Punk. A bit slow to start but better once it gets going. Guess it's a bit dated now and perhaps not standing the test of time.

    Narrator was enthusiastic, style and bit dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eugene
    7/18/16
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    "Fascinating Scifi Pulp Fiction"

    There are some truly fascinating ideas and reflections on our society and its evolution wrapped up in a racy story full of analogies that connect the future with the ancient past through the present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Putman
    7/2/16
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    "death by detail"

    I've lost consciousness more times with this audible book than any other. Excrutiating levels of detail, the purpose of every button and switch on any device and every move or thought during action sequences is painfully spelt out.

    Snowcrash is the polar opposite of Neuromancer and is only suitable for those devoid of their own imagination to fill in the blanks in a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/24/16
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    "Decent cyber tech sci-fi blab"

    Taking off from Gibson necromancer, Mona Lisa over drive, a cyber afflicted California, creating a very entertaining book following hero ninja pizza delivery specialist, ride the avalanche of snow crash, beware could be the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don
    3/8/16
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    "one of my favorites"

    I must have read this a dozen times. love it. great audio version, I must say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Evans
    10/21/15
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    "Greatest Sci-fi story ever. Must read"

    I just hope they don't ruin the film they are apparently making. Just enjoy the book while you can and then listen to the sequel which is almost as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lily the Pink
    Norfolk, UK
    9/26/15
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    "Lose yourself in another world"

    This is a book that has found its medium. None of the author's descriptions, none of the information, is lost, which could so easily happen if it was turned into a film. But with the narration by Jonathan Davis, and the incidental sound effects, it's just perfect.

    I bought this book when it was on special offer because I had a small refund voucher and I quite like science fiction. I could so easily have missed it! I think I have probably driven my whole family mad telling them how good it is and how it totally took over my journeys home for weeks. In fact I was so hooked I found I was still listening while I put the shopping away or started the evening meal.

    It describes a world not very far in the future where people live in guarded enclaves and become citizens of franchised countries. Someone is trying to take over the minds of all the computer programmers in the world, and it's up to the main character, a brilliant programmer called Hiro Protagonist (yes, really, but I can forgive Neal Stephenson this one bit of self-consciousness) and his sidekick, YT a 15 year old female skateboard courier, to work out what's going on and save mankind.

    That really doesn't do justice to Neal Stephenson's brilliant evocation of a world that could so nearly be ours, if things had developed differently. At first it's hard to work out what's going on but then the plot starts to unfold, and even the extended Sumerian history lesson in the middle falls into place. But it's not just about the lead characters. It has quite a cast list, all carefully voiced by Jonathan Davis, and all contributing to the story.

    It's a terrific book, and I'm still trying to work out why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    6/25/15
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    "Great book , dated recording"

    A classic, but the recording quality was atrocious. 8 bit mono or something, and very off putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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