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.
"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)
if you remember the Internet before there was a web, the future as seen in Snow Crash, published in 1994, will give you an interesting look at the future from that time. the action, adventure, Engineering, fantasy, humor, sex, and technology should be enough to keep you interested for this very long book.
this world is absolute in style. nothing beats this. samurai ninja pizza delivery man, mobster bosses, memetic hazards, robot dogs so fast they can't be seen. this is.... without equal is it's insanity.
First off I like the story but there were a few instances where I couldn't tell how much time had passed. Could have been months or it could just have been a few hours. Also I wish it had a better conclusion, it just seemed to kinda cut off at the end.
All that aside I loved all the cyber punk elements in the book and I can see why its considered a classic. It was worth the read.
I typically don't expect both linguistic sophistication and amazing world-building in the same book; if I want the first I go to David Foster Wallace, if I want the latter I go for Foundation or Ender. But this book has both, which makes it incredibly impressive and 'unputdownable.' The performance is perfect, marred only by the fact that the voice actor can't choose how to pronounce "katana." Occasionally he'll pronounce it kah-ta-nah, but usually he says kuh-tan-uh, which is distracting.
Yes, if my friend had problems with insomnia.
Yes, if a six word story.
Fido, the rat thing. Everyone else is clearly insane.
I've lost count of the number of times I've fallen asleep to during this reading.
The overall plot was actually quite engaging, but the author chose to sweep it under a rug in favor of tediously long-winded, elaborate descriptions of random events that contribute nothing to the plot and cause you to wonder whether you accidentally wandered into a Bar Mitzvah sermon even though you were sure you were in the middle of a paintball tournament minutes before.
Give yourself a pat on the back if you made it through that sentence in one breath. This book is 17 hours of sentences just like it.
I suppose the best way to describe Snow Crash is as an extreme Pulp Fiction version of Cyberpunk. For every 1 paragraph of plot, there are 2 paragraphs of unimportant descriptions and 1 paragraph of advertisement. For example, at one point, the author interrupts the main plot to cut to an unrelated 10-minute scene where the hero uses a restroom. There is no mention of that restroom or brand again for the rest of the story. Completely random.
Unfortunately, this doesn't work well for audiobook format because you can't speed-read through the boring parts--which is like half of this book. Listening to this audiobook is like watching a version of Lord of Rings where the members of the Fellowship constantly stop to count the number of petals on each nearby flower or investigate the genealogy of each orc they kill. It's a version where the ending to The Return of the King was expanded from a ridiculously-long 4 scenes into its own 2-hour long movie.
Snow Crash is so full of these kinds of interruptions that it's very hard to keep track of the plot. This wouldn't be so bad if its universe were consistent and void of paradoxes. However, story's universe has not aged well in 2 decades. I realize that this book was written in 1992 before the Internet era, but it's still kind of embarrassing to read about some of the now-obsolete "cool technology" in this story.
Also, the characters are a bit too silly. I really can't stand any chapters involving YT, a super-snarky racist and scumbag of a girl with raging teenage hormones who constantly-fantasizes-about-being-raped. Compared to her, Jar Jar Binks is a saint.
On the positive side, this audiobook does make for excellent sleep medicine. Considering how many times I've had to rewind after waking up, it's a miracle that I've finished it. Apparently, I'm a stubborn and masochistic completionist.
Now if you're still set on listening to this audiobook despite reading my review, I hope that I've sufficiently lowered your expectations that you'll enjoy it.
Have the story hold together
I don't know yet but nothing from this author
J davis was fine
Disgust and anger at paying for it
Bought this to listen to while driving to California. I have to say this is the dumbest and biggest rip off on audible. This book is a joke. I'm not even going to go into detail. I tried so hard to like it because it cost a lot of money but it's just crap and you can't change that.
I really wanted to like this book. it was at the top of a list of books that Ernest Cline recommended. the writing style just never connected with me.
I love reading and I'm always looking for authors I don't know yet who have written hundreds of books. ;)
Then again, I don't read science fiction for comfort. ;)
I have read this book several times and have gotten different things out of it each time. There are so many things I love about it - the two main characters are so well drawn and so appealing that I can't help wanting to know what they'll do next and what is in store for them. The story has so many arcs which could stand alone but, joined together, make the book epic. Unlike most epics, though, there is more truth than fantasy on offer - the kind of truth one sees looking in a mirror.
This time around, I kept being blown away by how close to reality some of Stephenson's predictions have proved to be. Amazing.
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