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The Diamond Age | [Neal Stephenson]

The Diamond Age

Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.
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Publisher's Summary

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

©1995 Neal Stephenson; (P)2001 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1996

  • Locus Award Winner, Best Novel, 1996

"The Quentin Tarantino of postcyberpunk science fiction." (The Village Voice)
"[He] is the hottest science fiction writer in America." (Details)

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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 04-24-03
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 04-24-03 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Diamons are forever ... like recording"

    This is a really interesting book with clever and engaging characters. The futuristic ideas about the potential of nanotechnology are are fascinating.

    But the recording is waaaaaay toooo loooong. I had to finish it, but would have been much happier with an abridged version.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    bryan niota, TN, United States 03-04-11
    bryan niota, TN, United States 03-04-11
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    "the worst of the worst"

    Extremely stupid noplot lousy nogood book... looser! !!!!not worth money time or awooden nickel!! Yuck

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 09-21-10
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 09-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Gets me Mad"

    Its about the worse thing in the world to purchase an audio book you can't get through. I attempted to endure the pure hell this book put me through in hopes it would at least make sense. From story lines that had nothing to do with the plot, (I kept thinking I hit the button and skipped a chapter) to needless descriptions of people and places that you could care less about. Just when you find a character that is interesting they kill him. Please if you do anything skip this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Pialligo, ACT, Australia 07-18-10
    Robyn Pialligo, ACT, Australia 07-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrators must pronounce words correctly"

    Great story but marred for me by the wrong pronunciation of the word 'primer'. It is used several hundred times in the story and every time was pronounced to rhyme with 'dimmer' when it should rhyme with 'timer'. Please make sure that narrators can at least say the important words correctly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Perth, Australia 01-19-05
    Tim Perth, Australia 01-19-05
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    "Wonderful!"

    A magnificent story, magnificently read.

    I've found this moving, funny and completely entertaining. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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    Adam WarszawaPoland 11-13-04
    Adam WarszawaPoland 11-13-04 Member Since 2004
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    "I'm joining the Mouse Army!"

    This is is as much hard SF, as erotica and religious epos. A masterpiece. It actually got me into a few days of something you might call a mental ilness. I thought about it. I dreamed about it. It has so many levels, only after third listening I really got the meaning of various oddities and became moderately sane, though altered, person. Believe me, every bit is there for a reason! I won't spoil you fun, but read Quicksilver by same author (Audible has it in stock) and you might enter the same state of altered conciousness, and in a perfectly legal way! This book has layers within layers within layers...Plus, it's a very good audiobook even if you ignore the contents. This man is dangerous!

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    "Boring"

    This is the first audiobook that I found hard to finish. My mistake - shoud have read the reviews.

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    William Titusville, FL, United States 05-16-11
    William Titusville, FL, United States 05-16-11
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    "Stupid & disgusting."

    book starts out slow, then as the main protagonist matures your interest grows. Just about this time your introduced to a "incredible" society that computes better than all of computers of the future by the "transmission of bodily fluids" and that's the nicest way the book puts it.

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    Laurence gold coast, QLD, Australia 05-22-09
    Laurence gold coast, QLD, Australia 05-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    Predictable and boring. 19 hours of my life I wish I could get back!

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    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
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    "slowly built up to BLAH"

    3 stars because I managed to finish it.

    So I thought Snow Crash was blah and came to find out that I just don't care for Neal Stephenson at all.

    The story kept me going...to an end that made me groan with distaste.

    BLAH

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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