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)
The book is a little difficult to follow at times since there is a lot of jumping around of characters and scenes. There are a very few instances where the audio seems as though it was recorded with a different microphone in a different location due to the quality being less than the overall audiobook's quality. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable.
new to audible. I love it! i love speculative fiction,horror, sci-fi,fantasy looking to build my collection of great audiobooks, much thanks
loved it, I will definitely recommend this book to others. I love the alternate history and the high tech dystopian setting
A well crafted story is a portal to another world
I enjoyed the world that was drawn by this book, very imaginative and detailed. But the characters were not as engaging as other Stephenson books - they were very one dimensional, but worst of all, the 'big idea' of the book was completely unbelievable. Let me explain: the plot builds up to a 'big idea' about language, viruses, and belief- I won't go into spoilers, but if you know anything about Mesopotamia and Sumeria, you will not buy any of the ideas of the plot. They do not stand up to any sort of analysis. Plus, the later chapters devolved into long boring passages of monologue exposition giving more details that made me say - good goddess Asherah, I just want to put my head in an oven! I wanted to like the book, but ended up giving up on it 3/4 of the way through.
No, at least not the ones who know much about Sumeria
I really liked the voice performance
Yes, I put my head in an oven to get away from this book
My interests tend toward Biology/Medicine and SciFi, particularly post-apocalyptic fiction.
I think this started a little slow, mainly because you have to immediately get onboard with the main characters name actually being "Hiro Protagonist".... and he's delivering a pizza. O course, this all becomes more plausible as the story unfolds, and you get to see how things have changed in the future. Sovereign Companies leasing space in America with the actual government (e.g. "The Feds") being beholden to them? Ridiculous....... OR IS IT?
I think the story is enjoyable because it managed to keep just the right amount of tongue-in-cheekiness that draws some parallels (in my mind) to 2000 A.D. / Judge Dredd.
Its also notable for its well-drawn virtual world, which has been touted as both a prophesy of, and warning for, the internet nowadays.
Oh... and if you enjoy linguistics, pull up a chair. Because you have got some seriously thick back-story elements to slog through. But it does fit well within the story, and explains how a 'computer' virus might jump to a human host.
Overall, an entertaining audio book, though not game-changing enough for me to seek out Stephenson's other work (and there is a lot out there). But if you want to hear one of the 'classic' cyberpunk stories, this is it.
Maybe. It's a deep novel with many layers. It's like a never ending babel of ideas woven together in a kipple world. Kipple as in the term from the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K Dick.
Did not have one.
None in particular.
It's not a straightforward sci-fi novel ie its nothing like a Peter F Hamilton novel for example.So if you are looking for an engrossing adventure this is not it. "Snow Crash was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Award in 1993, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994." from Wikipedia. It's a satire of anarchic capitalism.
It's a good novel, but you will only enjoy it if you like this type of novel.
This is a great book and I make sure to reread it periodically. The audio book version is generally well done, however there is this annoying inter-chapter babble that I hate. I really wish you could remove it.
I really enjoyed the story. I have read it once previously. I was not to happy with the performance: the reader was excellent but the small audio clips in the breaks in the reading were annoying and numerous. Some I could understand: large scene change in the middle of a chapter. Some drove me nuts: between chapters (declaration of the chapter is sufficient break in the performance) and during scene changes with minimal difference (i.e. just because the author put in a break doesn't require a 3-4 second clip to break up the pace of the story).
"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.
"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 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 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.
"Hours of delicious escapism"
Snow Crash was an instant favourite when first encountered as a student in the 90s (studying ancient civilisations by day, gaming by night...) and 20 years hasn't dulled it's appeal. Having it delivered straight to your ear by the smooth, effortless voice of Jonathan Davis while your body is doing other things is a definite treat - shades of the Metaverse? Some of the technology and concepts have lost their initial impact due to the passage of time but the story does not feel dated. The pace moves from fast and furious to scholarly pauses and back again with ease. The unlikely main characters are engaging for both their abilities and their flaws; the burbclaves and franchised countries are all too believable for anyone who has come across "suburb snobbery" in a modern city. And I defy any dog lover not to moved by the Rat Things. An action packed, witty, intelligently observed, bizarre, tongue in cheek vision of our near future.The narration by Jonathan Davis is animated and excellently done. A voice actor that can believably be a teenage skater chick, a computerised librarian and a Vietnamese cyborg with ease, consistency and flawless movement between each is a joy to listen to.The final word? I wish there was a way to read/listen to Snow Crash again for the first time.
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.
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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