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)
I honestly can't quite put my finger on it, by this book just didn't do much for me. I loved the cool cyberpunk world; very unique. But overall I just felt like the story was kinda boring, as if it wasn't really necessary to build this unique world to tell this story. I know a lot of people dig this novel so don't take my word for it. Just wanted to put in my $.02
I would not recommend, the story does not flow well and in the end, you wonder why you hung in there for so long
The setting of the story is well done, it is to some extent a believable possible future. But to me there are two major flaws. I did not understand the motivations of the main characters - they put their lives at risk, but i could not figure out why. And there are LONG parts in the story where the "librarian" recounts ancient history to support the current events. Those parts of the narrative comes across like reading a boring history book - I thought authors are supposed to "show", not to "tell".
This book is absolutely as good as everybody says it is. The problem is that this was recorded a long time ago, and the audio quality is lacking. still recommended.
do not understand why there is any value in taking one out of the narrative with second-rate, 10 second, repetitive music.
I was frustrated with other audiobooks but this one even has the music every chapter break.
I paid for the narrative not for someone else's music preference.
This seems like a more recent trend and one I hope ends soon.
It took me a while to get with the writing and narration, but once settled in, I found this to be pretty unusual, interesting, active, and involving.
Gee. Maybe a toned-down version of Ready Player One, which I really enjoyed, and it's available as an audible audiobook.
I'm not familiar with Davis, but based on this narration, I will be looking favorably on other titles employing him as narrator.
I don't know that the story has "continuation" possibilities, but the characters were all well drawn and if the writer is up to this task, I would encourage a follow-up title. I'd likely buy it.
This is my second time reading through Snow Crash, from the vivid world that Stephenson has created to the compelling characters I was hooked from page one. The new sci-fi fantasy starts here and it's a great ride
Self-employed autodidact. Recipient of an unconventional education. Be a "Generalist" and never have a dull moment!
It defined Cyberpunk, and has never been surpassed. Period.
That being said, the character of YT is not a three dimensional person, and she is utterly psychologically invalid as a 15 year old. I guess this can be partially explained by the absurd notion common in the 80s that teens would just keep getting more and more promiscuous at younger and younger ages. Good ol' Neal hadn't hadn't seen the pendulum swing back in the NeoVictorian direction yet (to borrow his own term from the Diamond Age, where YT does in fact play a small but important roll!)
Never the less, this is a thought provoking and FUN book. Well worth the time, and the reader here is spot-on perfect.
The book is a little difficult to follow at times since there is a lot of jumping around of characters and scenes. There are a very few instances where the audio seems as though it was recorded with a different microphone in a different location due to the quality being less than the overall audiobook's quality. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable.
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