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)
A more reasonable setting for the plot. The story was littered with unnecessary and unbelievable advancements in technology and social hierarchies that the author did not give any credentials to or explanations of. A better constructed ending would have also really helped this book out. As it is, the book seems to run out of room before the ending completes.
No, but it this book has made me wary of sticking with works for the author's sake. I downloaded this because it was Neil Stephenson and because I've fallen in love with his other works. I won't make that mistake again.
The performance was a bit flat and the recording quality was horrid, even when downloaded at high quality.
This book fostered disappointment in me. I bought into it's unbelievable plot and hung on for hours expecting it to pay off, and it never did.
If you loved Reamde like I did, do not get this book expecting a repeat performance.
Orders of magnitude pretentious this book is. Sort of Neuromancer meets necromancer without the style and content of Gibson.
Couldn't wait to get through it.
Don't waste your $
Someone younger who likes one-dimensional archetypes, low-budget action movies and good versus bad.
Never again unless the reviews say that he has graduated from preschool.
The narrator was awesome; the only bright light in the row.
I probably would enjoy this book if I were 8-years old. The storyline is weak but Neal Stephenson has an amazing imagination. The listening would have been much better if the book was written as a book instead of an alternating sequence of "brief", "explanation" and then "story". Good writers know how to mesh them together, bad writers do not. Perhaps Stephenson sought to be original in writing in this style. In any case, with his imagination, I'm sure his next books will get better.
I recently listened to Neuromancer by William Gibson, and it was just as good as I remembered having read it as a young adult. Looking for something similar, I tried Snow Crash. I found the humor lame, the characters flimsy, and the writing generally immature. Its like Stephenson constantly wants to show how clever he is. I stopped listening after the first download.
Um..... Nothing. The story was not interesting and written with the enthusiasm of a nerdy 13 y/o boy.
Something better written.
Didnt get far enough in.
The whole story, starting over with a better topic maybe.
I wated 45 min of my life I cant ever get back.
This book was so cool until the author got it so out of control in the religion phase that he did not know what to do with it, SO HE ENDED IT. What an absolute cop out ending. I wish I could take over the writing of the book because it has so much potential. It is worth reading/listening to because at least half to three quarters is good, but the last of it sucks!!!!!!!
This book was entertaining, but took a wrong turn when it says religion is a virus. The computer geek side of me loved it, the Christian side almost turned it off.
I have read this book 4 times or so and have listened to it only once. As I have read in reviews of other books in the Audible library, certain traits of the narrator's speech seep into the reading of the book that stand out in the recordings. This narrator is one who pronounces (what should be) silent G's. If he says, "looking", it sounds like, "lookin-guh". I heard it every one of the 1000 times he pronounced a G in this way. It drove me to never LISTEN to it again.
I've never given up on a book before, but after 5 hours of listening and hoping the story becomes more interesting, I admit defeat. This is a terrible book. Don't waste your time (as I already have).
After multiple attempts to listen to the unabridged version of this book I gave up, and I'm a diehard fan of audio/print science fiction. Honestly, this is more like 'literary anime" than scifi. Intolerable.
"A Manga mini-whirlwind"
No plot spoilers here. My book club recently agreed this as a 7.5/10. As an audiobook it's well read, and, when I bought it, extremely good value. The storyline has minor flaws and the characterisation is argueably two-dimensional..but the author does an excellent job of telling an entertaining yarn with thoughtful and witty situations and asides in an overall entertaining package. This would obviously make a great Manga comic, and that is, I'm told, exactly what the author intended. In that sense the lack of depth of characterisation is understandable....in cartoon form this would be easier to allow the reader to infer. You get a lot for your money here...with some of the details and asides that flesh out this concievable (slightly sardonic) dystopia being enough to constitute a novella on their own. In the end, it doesn't necessarily deliver more than it promises, but it certainly doesn't deliver less.
"A Perfect Blend"
One of the difficulties with audiobooks, in particular with books that you've previously read, is finding a narrator who sounds right.
Snowcrash has been one of my favourite books for years and I was delighted to find that Jonathon Davis 'gets it'. The pacing of the story, the emphasis of the words and the voicing of the characters is pretty much spot on for me, so this audiobook gets five stars with no quibbles!
"Great book but not ideal audio material"
Neal Stephenson is a superbly imaginative writer, he shows this to great effect in 'Snow Crash'. The detail and invention of his 'Snow Crash' world is truly mind boggling.
Although I enjoyed the book, and the narration is superb, I think I would have preferred to read this on the page, as it were; although the narrative and plot hurtle along in good style, the characters are somewhat cartoon-like and two dimensional, serving largely as vehicles to carry the story, and this means that the fantasy backdrop has to carry the listener's interest for much of the 17 hours of the book - that's a long time.
One other point to note: you really need to have some knowledge and/or interest in computers and virtual reality to follow the plot.
Overall four stars, but my recommendation would be to read the book rather than listen to it.
A tightly constructed thriller set in the near future when nations as we now know them have be replaced by corporate franchises and life is lived between a dystopian reality and a fast developing visrtual reality. Some sort of virus seems to be able to infect users on he net and also to continue its work on them in real life. Our hero "Hero Protagonist" has to find out what's going on and put a stop to it. This is early Stephenson but it's already marked by the incredible breadth of sources he can pull into his story (ancient Sumerian history, coding, world war 2, Japanese culture), the way he plays with ideas like what would happen if nationhood were privatrized, his humour and his gift for dialogue. The dialogue is particularly good and offers a reminder of how challenging other genre fiction authors find to bring characters to life through what they say and how they say it. This only gets three stars for the story because at times he sort of gives up and let's the main character lapse into pages of exposition in order to shift the plot along but overall it's still a very enjoyable and immersive listen.
"Great book and great narrator"
This is one of my all time favourite books and listening to it read out loud was no disappointment.
The depth and tone of Jonothan Davis' voice perfectly matches the tone of the book. It is now imprinted in my memory with his voice. Excellent!
I enjoyed listening to snowcrash its` pace variation fitted in well with my other activities. The two 'universes' worked well although I became confused with the different city-states in the real one (but my american geography never was that good!) As usual with this narrator the pictures are so vivid it beats HD TV.
I like Neal Stephenson's books but this I could not come to grips with, it just didn't hang together for me.
I go hot and cold on Stephenson- loved Diamond Age; petered out on the Baroque Cycle. Glad I tried this one out, it's zippy and fun, if oddly retro 20 years on (Second Life not being exactly the It place to be for example). I had only a vague idea what was going on half the time but the lively writing and excellent reading kept me enjoying it. Davis does a great job with all the characters, I especially enjoyed his rendition of the eye-rolling teenage skater-girl.
As an esotericist and cyberpunk fan I really loved this.
There is lots of info dumb about misty old religions and new technology which some times interrupted the flow of the story, but it was very interesting stuff, so I didn't mind.
There is also kind of slight grin at the writers face all the time so the book was fun and very entertaining.
Got into Neal Stephenson via a Stephen King book (The Cell) and have been hooked ever since. Just the right level of detail to plot ratio to keep things moving. This book was fab and well narrated too.
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