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)
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.
I enjoy a good read, tough to do while driving.
Many different characters, I'd like to see a follow up.
He easily moves between genders, nationalities and generations without a hitch. It was easy to stay on storyline without even thinking of the reader, like reading myself. Better though because I don't read as well when driving at 70 mph.
I read Snow Crash years ago while I was still in college, and the Internet was an emerging thing. I loved the book then. After listening to it again, I still believe it's simply one of the best cyberpunk / near future Sci-Fi books I've ever read (or listed to).
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.
Starts nice and slow, almost gives a feeling of just another book about virtual reality, but then suddenly takes off to unpredictable, wowing and hypnotizing story, which you can't wait to dive in again.
Fascinating and intriguing ideas merge information technology, linguistics, neuroscience, and religion into a single grand unification theory of human intelligence. Neal and his Snow Crash made me think about many aspects of humanity and Inspired my interest in human history way better than anything I had in my education.
Narrator Jonathan Davis is just amazing, switching from the protagonist katana fighter hacker to Asian rapper and fifteen year old outrageous girl.
Thanks to both Jonathan and Neal for fantastic in both senses 17.05 hours.
Hope to see Neal soon in the Magic Leap Metaverse.
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.
Just listen to the first chapter and you will be hooked. And the four things America is better at than anyone else -- classic!
It may seem a little dated at first, but if you consider this was written right on the cusp of the internet era, it is pretty impressive. I just think of it as an alternate timeline rather than near-future as it was originally written.
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