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 didn't "spend" time listening to this book, as always I am a captive of traffic. It was an okay listen.
I listened to this because I really enjoyed Diamond Age by the same author. The Story was good but the lessons from the “librarian” were too long and repetitive. Worse, the premise is flawed, hackers do not read binary in the manner the story indicates… I wrote my first program back in 1969 and still code today. I used to write in mainframe assembler (assembly) and I was an ace at debugging memory dumps. These are not spewed out in binary, they are in hexadecimal. Unlike decimal which is based on 10, hex is based on 16 with “numbers” ranging from 0 to F with F having a value of 15. A hex value of “10” is sixteen a hex value of “1F” is 31, hex “20” is 32. See, just like decimal but you carry 1 to the left on 16 instead of 10 and this is how machine code is presented. Yes, we also know the binary representation e.g that same “1F” (31) above would be 0001 1111 in binary but I have NEVER seen any type of computer present code or data in that manner, only on TV. Clearly it would be counterproductive to present binary when hex serves the purpose.
Anyway, enough of the tech lesson, I hope somebody finds it a little interesting. Getting back to the book, the characters were interesting and the story would have been great if it had moved along a little quicker… get rid of the librarian!
USC grad, Audiobook lover of all kinds. Favorite narrator is Ralph Cosham.
Yes, It's a great novel with a wonderfully imaginative story. The technology feels a bit old 19 years later, but it's still a great deal of fun with entertaining full-bodied characters.
Y.T. I would have said the concept of the metaverse, but frankly Stephenson's characters have aged better; Y.T., Raven, and Uncle Enzo among others are particular standouts.
No, I haven't.
No. A) it's a bit long for that. B) the chapter headings are incredibly annoying. (My review title is a rough transcript of one). They make sense once you read the whole book, but they're unnecessary and get in the way of the story.
The chapters in Audible don't match up with the actual chapters, which is annoying (they have multiple chapters in one
Enjoy the adventure
Was a bit unsure that Science Fiction from 20 years ago could compete with today's books. Neal Stephenson created a vision of the world that now sounds a bit too familiar, with large, cartoonish corporations in charge and the people escaping reality through a social network (his version uses 3D avatars). The main characters, Hiro Protagonist and WT, thrive in their circumstances through their wits. The plot is ever evolving and unpredictable. Especially enjoyed that good and evil kept changing places. Will listen to Snow Crash again.
Plenty of people have already gushed about this story so I won't add my adulation to the extant flow. I did want to mention how horribly distracting I found the start-of-chapter audio snippet. It's too loud and too long. I really don't like anything other than narration in my audio books (I don't think I've actually heard one yet that does it well).
Steven A Sawyer
A recreation of our current or maybe very near future drawn and stretched to comic and technoblistic extremes covering a story finely woven between reality and the internet on steroids, the Metaverse. Believable characters explored enough to make them very likable and familiar but not to the point of being a true character study. Instead the gear clothing and surroundings of the real and Metaverse are drawn in rich detail so you hear taste and sense the surroundings. Demerits are due for the overly detailed religious/historical/theoretical driving theme that propels the characters. While interesting it is too detailed for even a biblical/ religious/history buff like me. Listening to it makes you want to turn the page and return to the rich descriptions and steadily building story and all the fun tech. But if you endure these pages the story rewards you. And there is plenty of room to continue this romp right up to and beyond the end... If you like tech mixed with cool girls, fast bikes and even faster swords, and are not afraid of mixing all your favorite action settings cowboy westerns Chinese kung fu, Sci Fi space operas and religious thrillers up you should have no problem with this rad cool thriller, No problem except pressing the pause button. Enjoy!
REAMDE was my first Stephenson book and I loved it--so went back and got this one and another thinking it would be more of the same. Wrong--maybe I'm just too old for the cyber punk, virtual world thing, but I'm about 5 hours into this and it is so strange and wacky and hard to follow that I'm about to give up on it. The long section of horrible Japanese gangsta rap had me ripping out the earbuds. I can't believe I wasted a credit on this and probably the other book I got too. I'm already dreading having to give that one a try.
This book was pretty good. I listen to a lot of of audiobooks while working, so I tend to favor light reads since I can still keep up with them if I miss some parts here and there. I wouldn't call this a hard read, but if you're not paying attention you do fall behind, I felt like I missed a lot of plot points because of this; Which is probably why I feel like this book was a lot more interesting at the beginning then the end. To make a long story short, this may not be the best book to listen to while you're doing other activities, it needs your attention. With that said, it's good, the plot lends itself to people who are technology minded, so if you're into programming or techy geeky stuff, then you'll probably like this book.
Interesting story with a lean towards the Internet, or how the Internet could look. The story jumps around at times, and is a bit hard to follow. Other then that it's a good listen
The grandfather of all "cyber-punk" novels. It's got it all: A dystopian future, relegious cults, global cultural melt-down, corporate city states, a skate boarding sexy goth chick, pit-bulls who are 700 mph killing machines, tribes of interesting and smart villians, plus a handsome hero who's the world's greatest samurai swordsman - to take it all the way to the most dangerous place you'd never would want to go to... and win.
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