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Snow Crash Audiobook
Snow Crash
Written by: 
Neal Stephenson
Narrated by: 
Jonathan Davis
Snow Crash Audiobook

Snow Crash

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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)

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    Alison 08-17-14
    Alison 08-17-14
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    "Great narration saves outlandish story"
    What would have made Snow Crash better?

    The narrator was excellent and the only reason I kept on listening to this long winded and overly complex story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An English narrated Whodunnit. Ngaio Marsh?


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I recall.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Snow Crash?

    Most of the beginning chapters.


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    John Stone 05-17-14
    John Stone 05-17-14
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    "rough start, bit dated, but interesting."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me and I found myself looking forward to getting back in the car to hear more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The author weaves mythical and biblical themes in a way I hadn't heard before.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would not go to the theater to see this movie, it's so outlandish they'd probably cut all the wrong things.


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    Jussi Espoo, Finland 12-07-13
    Jussi Espoo, Finland 12-07-13 Member Since 2013

    nerd, biker, finnish, middle-aged and cool

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    "Poor audio quality"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is intriguing and probably enjoyable, but the recording quality let me down. It's possible that I won't listen the book all the way to end.


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

    The voice of the narrator is OK, but I have no idea how such a recording has been done. The voice sounds like the recording was made inside a small cardboard box with cheapest possible microphone on a C-cassette. Pity.


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    jeff EVERETT, WA, United States 11-30-13
    jeff EVERETT, WA, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, thrill ride the whole way"
    Where does Snow Crash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Snow Crash near the top of the audio books I've listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Crash?

    Of the many characters, I come back to Hiro, our protaganist. He is a scimitar weilding pizza delivery man. His chapters are my favorite.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like most audiobooks I took awhile to get used to his delivery and cadence. Once i was "in" it was a smooth ride. I was perturbed at first with the chapter sound effects, but they grew on me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 10-01-13
    Phillip 10-01-13
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    "amazing book in everyway"
    If you could sum up Snow Crash in three words, what would they be?

    My favorite future


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author predicted so many things about the future if communications via a story 20+ years ago. It was detailed and fun. I ran through 17 hours in just a couple work days.


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    Steph United States 09-15-13
    Steph United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this book but the narration destroys it"

    Snow Crash is a wonderful book I think everyone should read at least once. It brings together a thriller with code and the ancient tower off Babel. It is truly innovative and does not lose its relevance with time. I got the audible version because I wanted to revisit my old friend again. I love audible books but I just couldn't do it. I got five chapters in before giving up. Jonatha Davisv could almost make it but he doesn't do Hiro or YT justice, a lot of the lingo comes off sounding juvenile, and it isn't when you read it. The worst part is the interludes between chapters where they have what sounds like men speaking in tongues and synth computer sounds that sound like they came from the original movie Tron. Don't give up on the book just read it instead. This made me so sad.

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    Adam 07-19-13
    Adam 07-19-13

    Audible ftw.

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    "Classic Cyberpunk/Scifi/Humor etc"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my second time listening to this book. My first was over a decade ago when I rented it from the local library.

    It's a great story, nice scifi/cyberpunk elements, and a good companion to Diamond Age.

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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-15-13
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2016

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Neal Stephenson predicted the Oculus Rift"

    Neal Stephenson has a wild imagination and my only fear is his vision of the future becomes a reality.

    Snow Crash jumps in and out of a virtual reality world and a not-so-distant future where there are no laws, neighborhoods are protected by a grandfatherly mobster named Uncle Enzo. The primary plot of the book surrounds a virus called Snow Crash.

    I will not get into what makes Snow Crash so special but will say the ramifications of this virus to change humankind is great, but not necessarily for the better. As with most Stephenson books, you will be taking a history lesson, enjoy some good sword fighting and enjoy characters that are clearly a result of their surroundings, rather than their upbringing.

    In a world where there are no real rules, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. I personally enjoyed this aspect of the book ad felt Jonathan Davis did an excellent job in voicing the characters to drive home this unique aspect of the book.

    While I thought Jonathan Davis did a good job as the narrator, there were too many times where he had to pause and come back, with his voice clearly showing it. This was a bit distracting but did not ruin the book in any way.

    Get ready to learn a whole lot of out there terms and character names and get sucked into this new world. Be prepared to pay a lot of attention when listening or you won't even notice when someone is in the virtual world or in the 'real' world. There is just enough fun in the book to keep things from getting too dark.

    Another great novel by Neal Stephenson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arlene FAIRBANKS, AK, United States 03-06-13
    Arlene FAIRBANKS, AK, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Different"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending, wanted more. And the music that was used to begin chapters, not too found of that.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neal Stephenson? Why or why not?

    Probably.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    His performance was good.


    Could you see Snow Crash being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure.


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    Dy Jackpot, NV, United States 03-05-13
    Dy Jackpot, NV, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me, but maybe some one else"
    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    If I read the synopsis and it sounds interesting, perhaps.


    Has Snow Crash turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the kind of sci-fi I care for, in general.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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