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Snow Crash | [Neal Stephenson]

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.
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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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    A. Tuck 10-16-08
    A. Tuck 10-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic Stephenson"

    It's been several years since I read this book, so thought it'd be fun to give the audiobook a listen. I do have to say that I think it's one of those books that is better read than listened to via audio. That said, I think the narrator did a good job capturing the book and it is a fun story. First released in 1992, the same year "www" was coined, it's interesting to see how many of his "predictions" have come true and how much sounds dated. Stephenson is someone who explains tech in detail - all of his books are that way - which I find fascinating. But, if in-depth explanations bore you, he's not the author for you.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Brent BOISE, ID, USA 02-05-03
    Brent BOISE, ID, USA 02-05-03 Member Since 2003
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    "A solid sci-fi novel"

    This book has a lot going for it. For starters the plot is great. A lot of twists and turns and you're never quite sure what's going to happen (or even what's going on). The characters are wonderfully crafted and the dialog is well written and entertaining. A wonderfully dry humor is mixed in well with the action. Also, major kudos to the narrator. He does such a great job that the audio book may very well be better then paper edition.

    Part of the plot revolves around the study of biblical era documents, including the bible itself. I did sometimes find this part of the plot somewhat frustrating. But that's probably due to the fact that I know something about biblical exegesis, and the conclusions drawn by the characters in the book are wildly inaccurate. I suppose this frustration would be similar to the frustration felt by a physicist as he watched Star Trek. Or by a military tactician as he watched a Rambo film. It can just be frustrating to have a subject that you know about used as a plot device. Let's just say that you'll learn about as much about biblical study after reading Snow Crash as you'd learn about physics by watching Captain Picard use "and inverted tachyon beam to scan the wormhole."

    Don't get this book if you'll be offended by the use of Christian and biblical events as a plot device. Also be aware that there is some profanity. It's not gratuitous, but it is fairly frequent.

    But all of that aside, this is a really good book. If you're a sci-fi fan, you'll probably like it. If you're a cyber-punk fan, this is required reading. But even if you're not a sci-fi fan, you could very well enjoy this book. Just keep an open mind and buckle your seat belt. It's quite a ride.

    153 of 166 people found this review helpful
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    David Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-22-03
    David Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-22-03 Member Since 2002
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    "You'll love it or you'll hate"

    I love the fact that the reviews of "Snow Crash" are so mixed -- if someone doesn't give it a 4 or 5, they give it a 1 (and probably only because they can't give it a zero). It's probably very much a function of your personality: if you're the right type, it'll grab you and you'll love it. Otherwise, it'll seem stupid, boring, and pointless. I'm in the former group: I love it!

    Either way, you won't have anything to complain about in the narration, in my opinion. Jonathan Davis does an excellent job.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Colorado Springs, CO, USA 03-09-03
    Tony Colorado Springs, CO, USA 03-09-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Excellent example of what an audiobook should be"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I listen to audiobooks quite frequently and I can honestly say this is my favorite. A reasonably intelligent use of sound effects and excellent vocalizing make this a joy to listen to. I had originally read this in paperback and was quite suprised to find myself identifying MORE with the characters through the audiobook than I had in my original reading.

    While this IS considered sci-fi and/or cyberpunk, don't let those terms scare you off. The envisioned future is pretty realistic and just 'gritty' enough to give you a good feel for it. Most of the technology is pretty conceivable and easy to understand - and very little of it is thrown in just because the author's supposed to be writing 'sci-fi'.

    The audio version does bog down a bit in one or two spots. Some of the religious lingo/jargon/names was a bit easier to absorb in hardcopy. It's a lot easier to look back a page or two - or know you read that name just a minute ago and glance back over a paragraph or three - than it is to zap your MP3 player back 6 or 7 minutes. You might want to bookmark the beginning of such sections if you're either a die-hard fan or a theology major... Otherwise, listen through it and absorb what you can. You'll get a good idea where things are heading in short order.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    James Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-06-03
    James Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-06-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Long to start but engaging once into it"

    I found that the techno jargon/slang was initially fairly shallow and repetitive. The story could have done with a much shorter setup of the characters and period, with a bit less attempt at a clever approach. This almost felt like word filling to make a minimum.

    However, once the story got going, it developed into a very engaging and well through out tale. The characters and interactions kept me listening until the very end, where I found it to be nicely all wrapped up.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Orlando, FL, USA 05-27-04
    Stephanie Orlando, FL, USA 05-27-04
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    "Excellent reading of vastly entertaining story"

    i've been avoiding Snow Crash for ages, despite the high recommendations of my friends. in this case, i'm glad i went for the audiobook, because the reader they chose really made the listening a huge pleasure. the story is fast-paced, very entertaining, and rather amazing for how closely it parallels some of what is happening today. highly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bristol, N/A, United Kingdom 01-16-03
    Michael Bristol, N/A, United Kingdom 01-16-03
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    "A very clever book."

    Snow Crash is not only very entertaining, it has a series of clever twists and a strong back story that set it aside from many science fiction stories.

    Comedy and drama are well entwined throughout, neither detracting from the overall mood and pace of the book and the protagonists are well drawn.

    I can highly recommend the excellent audio recording, which is a great format for this novel.

    38 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    K. Krieger 02-01-09
    K. Krieger 02-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Cool !"

    This is one of the coolest books I have ever read / listened to and my introduction to Cyberpunk.

    Also a perfect choice of narrator. I could not stop listening and was completely delighted with his performance.

    If you are interested in computers and technology and languages....this is the book for you !

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Vic Calhoun, GA, USA 03-18-03
    Vic Calhoun, GA, USA 03-18-03
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    "A Journey Into Escapism"

    This is one of my first audiobooks selections and I chose it for it's length (value) and my interests in computers, technology, and future predictions. I listened to the sample and it sounded a little too "off the wall" for me, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

    At first I was distracted by the verbal landscape but soon I was drawn in and the characters began to become likable and someone that I could relate to.

    Concepts that I really liked:
    1. A cyber universe where one could almost live, die, and play in... an Internet on steroids?
    2. A virus that could gap the digital world to the physical world.
    3. An ancient language that was, and is, common to all people

    The characters are inventive, interesting, and quite unusual. The plot takes all kinds of twists and kept me anxiously wanting to go back to listening. The reader does a great job and does not detract from the story.

    Bottom line, I found this a strange, yet compelling, story that I enjoyed very much.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lebanon, NH, United States 02-09-11
    Amazon Customer Lebanon, NH, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2005

    Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.

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    "Classic Book/Excellent Performance"

    Snow Crash is probably one of the best all-time science fiction books ever written. Genre-savvy enough to poke fun at itself, but packed with erudition as well. (Well, what do you expect from Neal Stephenson). The characters are interesting and engaging, and the plot appropriately-paced. As a computer professional and a language wonk, myself, it's one I always come back to.

    Johnathan Davis' performance is surprisingly good. He manages to make each character's voice memorable, and has a decent facility with a range of accents.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • John
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    9/23/10
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robbie
    southamptonUnited Kingdom
    10/26/08
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    "Vivid pictures"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sydney
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    12/3/13
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    "Rollicking cyberadventure"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jyrki
    Helsinki, Finland
    4/13/13
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    "Good stuff"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    London, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMAPP
    Epworth, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Not dissapointed"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "A CP Classic which aged a little better"

    Pretty good, but not a patch on Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle. You can see the embryo of those greater works, and the story is pacy and entertaining enough. As with a lot of cyberpunk stuff, there is are inevitably so many "near future" predictions that seem a little laughable in light of the real development in technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    6/15/12
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    "Theologibabble"

    It's difficult to know how to rate this one as parts of it are engaging and there are some great ideas here. The main problem is that it comes over as a bunch of disparate elements mashed together into one volume that doesn't quite work. Large chunks of the story ar like sitting through a theology lecture and, while interesting enough, it adds a somewhat pretentious air. The plot does eventually meander its way to a conclusion which is satisfying enough, though a great deal of material could have been jettisoned to the book's benefit. Worth a listen if you're running out of other material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Falkirk, United Kingdom
    8/1/11
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    "Snow Crash"

    Excellent book years since I read my hard copy, what foresight he had as a few situations have come to pass, for me he is the Grandfather of Cyberpunk I can't recommend this book highly enough, and the narrator is one of the best I have heard, a real pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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