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  • The Diamond Age

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,475

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rock could use a bit more polishing

  • By Tango on 05-19-13

Jennifer Wiltsie is amazing!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-16

The breadth of voices and accents that the narrator is capable of definitely carries this work to the end! I had read this book before but listening to it again was such a pleasure.

I listened to this with my girlfriend, who is not as interested in science fiction, and as such did not enjoy this novel as much as I did. Neal Stephenson's vivid descriptions of the world were a little too verbose for her to get into, and she would have preferred something more narrative driven.