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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)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 07-14-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "7 hours in, still hasn't caught me..."
    What disappointed you about Snow Crash?

    The story and characters are uninteresting to me. I was interested the first couple hours, but the last five hours I have just been very uninterested.


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

    No


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    The first thing I noticed about this audiobook was the poor audio quality. Davis is not my favorite by a long shot, a little too bland and monotone to me. He seemed to get better several hours in, but at the beginning of the book I was unimpressed. Maybe he was just getting used to the authors writing before getting more comfortable. The audio is also quieter than most of my other audiobooks, between that and the very low quality it is difficult for me to hear it in the car.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I have heard soo many good things about this book, it is supposed to be amazing and epic. I just got done reading The Martian and Ready Player One, and this book is a total let down so far. The characters have become uninteresting to me, and nothing interesting has happened in the story since the beginning, so I'm pretty bored. I noticed in other reviews that people say it has a slow start, so I will listen for a couple more hours and update my review if needed.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen for another two or three hours and update my review if I change my mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeff EVERETT, WA, United States 11-30-13
    jeff EVERETT, WA, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, thrill ride the whole way"
    Where does Snow Crash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Snow Crash near the top of the audio books I've listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Crash?

    Of the many characters, I come back to Hiro, our protaganist. He is a scimitar weilding pizza delivery man. His chapters are my favorite.


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

    Like most audiobooks I took awhile to get used to his delivery and cadence. Once i was "in" it was a smooth ride. I was perturbed at first with the chapter sound effects, but they grew on me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 10-14-13
    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2007

    52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious escape.

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    "A lot of work"

    Loved the characters especially the chic on the souped up, ultra high tech skate board but I found it difficult to follow, lost interest and baled half way through.

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    Christopher 09-16-13
    Christopher 09-16-13
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    "A Sci-Fi Classic, Somewhat Annoying Narration"

    The book is a widely acknowledged classic. It's full of great scenes, engaging characters and interesting future-technology. However, I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 because because the central premise is weak. What's worse is that there's a LOT of exposition, especially in the second 1/2 of the book, attempting to support the implausible central premise, and it really slows things down. Nevertheless it's a great book and a must-read for sci-fi fans.

    It may just be my personal taste, but I found the narrator annoying to the point that it made it hard for me to appreciate the book itself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer U.S. of A. 08-28-13
    Amazon Customer U.S. of A. 08-28-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Socrates, Neal Stephenson is not."

    I tried to enjoy this book, I really did.

    But the author spent so much of the book explaining his theories to the reader, and he did so in a manor as though the reader merely had the attention span or IQ of a gnat. This was one of those books where you felt that either the author just didn't think his reader could be smart enough to understand such high-tech lingo or that he was out to show the reader just how much smarter and cleverer he was; when the author should have concerned himself more with telling the actual, and preferably coherent, story. The book feels as though it was nothing more than originally a modest short-story/idea injected with a hyperbole of lectures in modern/future science (real or imagined). By the time I was half-way through, I began to wonder if the author was trying to be the next L Ron Hubbard and indoctrinate his readers into some sort of new religion that only he was smart enough to understand. What with all the amount of time explaining his theory instead of telling the story. At times, the book even read more like a reference manual than a novel.

    Perhaps a minor kudos to Stephenson for envisioning the metaverse back in 1992. But even then virtual-reality was not that novel of a concept... The Neuromancer, The Lawnmower Man, and even Nintendo's Virtual Boy was on the sci-fi radar.

    In the end, this book read more like an over-soaked diatribe than any good novel, and I was just unable to be entertained, enthralled, or captivated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "good sci fi"

    liked it. well worth your time. filler: dhshshs ddhdh nvkjv kfwl iwdifjwh whqf lq

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-14-13
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Did I miss something? This was awful!"

    This was the first book that I quit on. I was excited to read more from the author after finishing Reamde, which I thought was excellent. I just don't get the positive reviews. This was like a plot from a high school kids creative writing paper. A future where a samurai sword carrying pizza delivery guy will die if he delivers a pizza late. Really? Maybe it got better but I just couldn't get past how childish the early story lines were. I kept waiting for there be some revelation - like that this was a high school teacher reading a paper or that this was a written plan for a video game. Just sad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 11-01-12
    Carol 11-01-12
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    "Enjoyable techno"
    What made the experience of listening to Snow Crash the most enjoyable?

    Took a while to catch on that we were in a post apocalyptic technoverse - good story. I found the readings and exchanges between the character and the librarian a bit boring, overly long and they didn't further the story. Still - a good listen. No comparison to Daniel Suarez's novels though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 02-20-12
    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but not quite to expectations"

    This was a good book, but it didn't live up to the reviews I had heard. I found it a bit slow at first. In the end, there are some interesting ideas to ponder, but I had hoped for better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Fife 10-17-08
    Milton Fife 10-17-08 Listener Since 2005

    Babu

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    "Unusual"

    Very sci-fi and not what I expected, although it was just compelling enough that I had to see the outcome. Probably won't read this author again, not my style. Found it difficult to stay with at times.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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