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)
Stephenson starts out with a very believable and complex "future world", filled with complex and believable characters. The first 2/3 of this novel were like nothing I had experienced. I was completely transported into Stephenson's techno-universerse. Then, the author decided to dabble in theology; in the process tearing down the characters and world I had come to know and replacing them with some alternative zen/religious driven anomaly. This 180 degree turn in the book destroyed its believability and completely ruined what I believe had all the ingredients for a creative, unique, and exciting story. This is the only audiobook I never finished.
After a great opening, this degenerates into a slow and pointless ramble. The cocktail of biblical history, cyber-punk and action thriller should have been dynamite, but it tries too hard to be clever and instead it just fizzles out. The narration is mediocre at best. Might work for a long drive, but listening on a 30-minute commute I lost interest half-way through and never went back.
Snowcrash is worth while just for the first couple of chapters at the begining dealing with a pizza delivery. The rest of the book is very good, and interesting if a little implausible. Good reader, lots of fun and really interesting.
This is the first audio book I?ve read that I think would?ve been better in print. I don?t fault the reader. The language was convoluted and ?stream of consciousness? in places, and I?d have preferred to have been able to read at my own pace and puzzle over some sections.
And, for me the book also got off to a slow start. I started reading it several times. Each time I?d listen for a maximum of a half hour (usually less), and then I was ready to go to sleep. Finally, a bit over an hour into the book I got hooked, and read the rest almost straight through. I enjoyed the look into the world of advertising. A friend of mine works in the field, and she talks about ?branding?, and somehow the intrinsic worth of the product gets lost in the shuffle. This attitude comes across in the book.
It also seemed to me that the author had done his homework about the Internet culture. He seemed to know about domain names and other stuff I find interesting. A non-geek might not be as thrilled about that part, but it wasn?t central to the plot.
My biggest disappointment was the ending. It seemed like the author had created a very imaginative plot, but then he didn?t know what to do with it. I had exactly the same reaction to ?Snow Crash?. The ending was anticlimactic, and I didn?t feel that the author tied up all the loose ends. However, I will read other stuff by this author as it becomes available.
This is a decent book with a decent premise, but given to long rambling narratives that have you reaching for the fast-forward dial. I assume the author is attempting to set the stage and provide background information with these side-bars, but do we really need a 15 minute discussion of toilet tissue?
Had the book been ~12hrs and had all the garbage cut out I'd give it 3 stars, but 6 hours of filler makes it too much of a waste of time.
I agree with the other reviewer about the ridiculous and uninformed assumptions the characters make about biblical texts. I would say the same for Stephenson's take on glossalalia too, but it's still a very cool and very funny book. If you like it at all, I recommend that you read Zodiac, also by Neal Stephenson. It's absolutely hilarious, yet very intelligent. A shame that it will probably never make it to audio
What happened at the end of this book? Up until the last 10 or 15 minutes there was lots of great story, but at the end it just died a sudden death! Still, it was entertaining and worth a listen, just expect to be left hanging at the end.
I listen to books on a long commute to and from work. If a book holds my interest, I look forward to the drive and do not even want to shut it off when I reach my driveway. I had no problem this time. This book was incredibly boring but I forced myself to keep listening to it because I thought it would eventually catch my interest. The parts where Hero was discussing religion with the librarian were sleep inducing, which is not good while driving! The ending was a big dud with no real resolution for most of the characters. I will not be listening to any more books by this author.
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