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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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    Sheree Orlando, FL, United States 08-01-13
    Sheree Orlando, FL, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't Like"

    Nothing, Didn't like the book. Too many story lines to keep up with. The narrator had poor range of voices. Would not read any of Stephenson's books again. Wish I had not read this one.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 09-17-04
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 09-17-04
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    "Dissapointing"

    How can a book be weird and boring at the same time? There's some crazy stuff in this book, and I kept hoping that it would all fall together in an entertaining way, but it stopped well short of riveting. It's really too bad, because there's a lot of potential there. I mean, c'mon - the main character's name is Hiro Protagonist - how cool is that??

    ONE WARNING: One of the main characters is a sexually active 15 year old girl, which even I found disturbing. I'm generally pretty hard to rattle.

    There are so many threads to this story that it was hard to follow the tapestry. Although all of the Sumerian myth stuff ends up being the point of everything (I think...), the tale would have been more entertaining without it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Marquette, MI, USA 09-30-03
    Marc Marquette, MI, USA 09-30-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Terrible"

    This is one of the worst books I have ever listened to. The most useless and biggest waiste of time is the authors attempt to tie his vision of technology in with religion. The HUGE amount of time waisted in explaining things about Biblical history is a sorry attempt at trying to create a very ridiculous type of technophilosophy. Don't waiste your time or money.

    6 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas ALLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 03-07-14
    Thomas ALLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 03-07-14
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    "No matter how much I wanted to like it..."
    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I love this book so much. However, the performance and recording are so awful that I can't get through it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

    No. He makes a great badass female character sound like a prissy ragdoll.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of this recording is startlingly terrible. It's compressed beyond belief and sounds like someone recorded AM radio onto an old cassette tape.

    You know that "This is an audible production" clip at the beginning and end of every audiobook? Yeah, the one that sounds like a 1940's recording of a man speaking through a tin can. That's how this whole book sounds.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-07-13
    Rick winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Total confusion"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story that made any kind of sence, this was a lot of scatter brain stuff.


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

    I have read several story's about the digital age and was expecting something to do with that this had not so much to do with the digital age as it did for total futuristic fantasy


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

    nothing


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

    very disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    the original description I read did not match the book in MHO

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Spring Hill, FL, United States 05-17-12
    Tim Spring Hill, FL, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm just a geek, have been my entire life.. Also a PADI OWSI (scuba instructor) who has guided whitewater and caving trips,diverse interest

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    "Keeps you listening"

    Was a great geek book... love modern technology spun into a good story. I'm now a Stephenson addict.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J ROCHESTER, MN, United States 03-08-12
    J ROCHESTER, MN, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Channeling William Gibson"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Some of them, anyone who likes William Gibson and some of the older cyberpunk books will enjoy this. The satirical view of certain aspects of American life was fun.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    .


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I don't think it would make a good movie, its too complicated to fit into a 2 to 3 hour show.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This is a very different book from Reamde, and it took me a little longer to get into it, but it was worth it. The sound effects used in the transitions between chapters and parts were very irritating at, at times, were almost enough to make me turn the book off at times. If this is going to be an on-going feature, it will be enough to make me reconsider any purchases from any producer that uses them.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 05-18-07
    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 05-18-07 Member Since 2006
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    "PASS"

    By the eight chapter this author is seeping pure liberalism and there by completely obsessed with race. Do yourself a favor and select a different book.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Saurin Fremont, CA, United States 03-28-10
    Saurin Fremont, CA, United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Ehhh - weird, boring, makes no sense"

    Got this because of the high average rating on Audible. Very disappointed. Loved Anathem, hate this one. Stephenson's take on the future makes no sense. He assumes that everything is pro-capitalism (I suppose he must be a die-hard socialist or liberal then), but instead everything is disjointed - lots of racial stereotypes - story build-up and characters uneven, irrelevent even. Pass this one.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John KAYSVILLE, UT, United States 10-22-13
    John KAYSVILLE, UT, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Smut Alert"

    Are you kidding me? Why is it so hard to get a decent scifi? This book had it all, an intriguing and unique plot, decent writing style (albeit a little pedantic at times), interesting characters, then 80% of the way through the book, an explicit scene of statutory rape. Really??? It was so totally unnecessary to the plot, but through some sort of crass misperception about what makes a good book, the small minded author thought that turning pornographic would enhance the quality. I, for one, am disgusted and will never again purchase or read a book by Neal Stephenson.

    AUDIBLE: PLEASE LET US READERS KNOW WHEN ONE OF YOUR BOOKS INCLUDES PORNOGRAPHIC CONTENT!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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