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.
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.
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).
Too much info dump. Hiro is too thick headed and arrogant. YT is annoying. The metaverse seems just like virtual reality Facebook and just as pointless. The world they live in (a fragmented burbs) seems to be too inefficient to work. Neal's other books are much better. Reamde's T'Rain is more believable. As is the fragmented the high technology world of Diamond Age.
Great book I read shortly after it was first published. Holds up fairly well in terms of tech concepts and is just as fast paced as I remember. This Audible presentation is very well done and probably the best of all Audible books I've completed to date.
It is interesting to see Stephenson's view of how the internet would work in his future, very insightful in many ways. This story is a lighthearted romp that touches on some very serious subjects. It ends up being thought provoking, as well as a fun ride.
I've read Snowcrash before but I found this time it was difficult to follow the story. The author is obviously quite intelligent and has a lot of interesting historical information to add but listening to it was almost overwhelming.The middle of the story gets bogged down with an earful of information regarding languages and religion which is both interesting but somewhat frustrating to listen to ( at least in my experience). The transitions between chapters I also found quite distracting and unnecessary. For some reason the quality of sound was also quite poor which has not been my experience with other books from Audible ( I would imagine it's an older recording).
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