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Snow Crash Audiobook

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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    Andres Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-25-13
    Andres Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story - if a bit dated"

    Great story - if a bit dated. Very interesting concept, but you can tell that this book was written a few years ago.... still very much enjoyed it.

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    Jennifer COVINGTON, KY, United States 02-18-13
    Jennifer COVINGTON, KY, United States 02-18-13

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    "I wanted to like this book..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A friend suggested Snow Crash--I wanted to like this book. Alas, no suck luck. In my opinion, the story is dated.


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    candice figueroa 02-17-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "I hated it but l'm biased"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

    I would not read any thing by Neal Stephenson again but this is not my genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator may be the reason I could not stomach it the voice he gives to the characters is pompous and annoying to me but then again I can't see how a pizza man can be this important.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they were a Science Fiction fan or a 12 year old boy. I was forced to "read" this for class and therefore I'm incredibly biased. Over all there is a lot of action built up with what I consider over confidence in annoying characters. If thats your cup of tea, I'm sure you will love this classic of Science Fiction if not stay clear.

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    Marv 02-15-13
    Marv 02-15-13
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    "too much religion"
    Would you recommend Snow Crash to your friends? Why or why not?

    The performance was very good, but the religion history was hard to follow. Found myself just waiting for it be over to get back to the action. Hard to pay attention.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    YT


    Any additional comments?

    I was really enjoying this book until it got bogged down in Sumerian and Babylonian religious history.

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    Mary 02-15-13
    Mary 02-15-13
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    "If I'd read this in the 90s..."

    I'd give it 5 stars all the way. Since I'm late to the party, I'll say it's still a damn good story. As with all of his stuff, it's more steampunk that scifi. But I like it that way.

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    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 02-14-13
    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 02-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology

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    "Interesting cyberpunk tale"
    Any additional comments?

    As I listened to this, I had to Google when this book was published, and when I saw it was 1992, I developed a new level of appreciation for the cyberpunk setting of the world this takes place in.

    There's things in this novel that are pretty parallel to things in our world - the multiverse seemed like the Internet, or more specifically like MMORPG games, "demons" seemed like NPC characters from MMORPG games, and the viral information plot line reminded me of memes, which are also called viral and which spread online like crazy.

    I found the story to be interesting, though it does require a suspension of disbelief that is a bit steep once the story goes into it's religious-history, viral-thinking, Babel-speaking plot arc. I am a nurse and it was hard at times to suspend how I actually understand the human brain to work, or my understanding of history, but it is a fictional tale though it uses real world places and historical events to tie the plot together. I think the suspension of disbelief is easier sometimes when the plot just explains things as magical, versus how Snow Crash tried to explain medically and technologically the viral information phenomenon, as I understand medicine and technology, and they are things that are rational and part of reality, while magic obviously is supernatural and far from my understanding. It was an interesting story nevertheless and I enjoyed it.

    The world of Snow Crash is jaded and dystopian, and at times it is funny but other times, it feels uncomfortable. The jaded, indifferent, grew-up-way-too-quick Y.T. is often equal parts uncomfortable as she is funny, for example. I am 25, so I was 15 (like Y.T.) ten years ago, and I can't imagine half the jadedness, promiscuity, indifference to violence and thrill seeking, plus she speaks like a world weary sailor. Nevertheless, the entire world the story takes place in is pretty warped. Equally uncomfortable is Y.T.'s mom's workplace, which is like a prison, with every tiny aspect of the worker's lives and performance micromanaged, including memos on toilet paper use, and then timed observation even of how long it takes employees to read the memos, with consequences regardless whether too quickly or too slowly. And of course, even the name of Hero Protagonist is a jape, obviously.

    Still, this is an interesting and fast listen and I would recommend it to sci fi fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13
    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Good technofiction"
    Where does Snow Crash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the better books I've listened to. Enjoyed it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Classic irreverent Stephanson. He has a good grasp on technology and integrates realistically and believably into engrossing plot.


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

    Good reading voice paced well. Proper dramatic effects.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 01-25-13
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story, solid reading with bad audio"

    I'm not the most picky about the audio quality but Snow Crash has a few issues:

    * There's a bit of glitches, the audio cuts to distortion. I tried redownloading and it occurred in the same spots. Only happened four or five times, and only for a second.

    * The audio quality sounds lower bit rate than the usual audio books on Audible.

    * There's an omni-present hiss, its pretty low but pronounced if listening over the iPhone speaker.

    *At the end of one chapter, there's a clear bizarre edit that lasts about 30 seconds. It sounds as if another reader reads the section of the book. Its disorienting and strange.

    And lastly, purely atheistic but each chapter has a goofy soundfont, it varies slightly but the faux gibbering often jarring, and worse, completely cheesy. I'm glad newer audiobooks have stayed away from this trend.


    The book itself holds up fairly well, written over two decades ago, the who metaverse pre-conception the internet really holds up surprisingly well. The premise of the main story is a hokey at times, but I've heard some call this book parodying the world of Cyber-Punk. Perhaps so, the future is portrayed in classic cyber punk terms except the volume has been cranked to 11. Corporations don't just control the world, they've become nations themselves. Violence isn't just rampant, its the way of life. Hackers aren't simply the technocracy, they're the center of society. Inflation didn't just get out of control, trillion dollar bills are normal. There's a heavy dose of post-modernistic relativity that makes the chaos bitingly sarcastic while at the same time trying to covey a serious story. Its a disconnect that asks the reader to carry a bit the cognitive dissonance, likely purposely.

    The book at first seems a bit chaotic, and attention-deficit but as you get the groove, it flows better.

    As you listen, you'll probably find yourself thinking at times... "Is that where..." insert pop culture movie/tv show "Got there idea from?". Rightly so. Worth a listen. Johnathan Davis does a good enough job to carry the story, technical glitches and a few bad production calls aside. Certainly not for everyone, this book is something special and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 12-27-12
    Eric 12-27-12

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    "Essential cyberpunk"
    What did you love best about Snow Crash?

    This book has action, adventure, an intriguing sci-fi concept, and humor. A great performance keeps it moving forward at a quick pace. Essential reading for those interested in the cyberpunk genre, a great counterpoint to William Gibson's "Neuromancer."


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    Amazon Customer Pittsboro, nc 12-24-12
    Amazon Customer Pittsboro, nc 12-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Reading >> Listening"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Snow Crash is a book that works much better "read" novel than "listened." Stephenson is VERY discursive; whole chapters are really nothing but lectures - often very interesting when read but very tedious and, really, rather pretentious when listened to. Much of the humor evaporated in the audio version, which I think is primarily the fault of Jonathan Davis whose performance is terrible precious and mannered. Some books reveal more of them selves when read well - I've just listened to Gibson's "Zero History" and appreciated Gibson's ability to sum up salient points in a sharp sentence as opposed to Stephenson's taking chapters to do the same thing. (I've read most of Stephenson - though got very tired of the Baroque Cycle - and all of Gibson).


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    mannered., precious


    Did Snow Crash inspire you to do anything?

    well i'm quite curious about how both The Diamond Age and Cryptonomicron fare as audio books. I very much enjoyed both and each has a reader other than Davis.


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