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Reamde Audiobook

Reamde

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Publisher's Summary

In 1972, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, fled to the mountains of British Columbia to avoid the draft. A skilled hunting guide, he eventually amassed a fortune by smuggling marijuana across the border between Canada and Idaho. As the years passed, Richard went straight and returned to the States after the U.S. government granted amnesty to draft dodgers. He parlayed his wealth into an empire and developed a remote resort in which he lives. He also created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game with millions of fans around the world.

But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

Racing around the globe from the Pacific Northwest to China to the wilds of northern Idaho and points in between, Reamde is a swift-paced thriller that traverses worlds virtual and real. Filled with unexpected twists and turns in which unforgettable villains and unlikely heroes face off in a battle for survival, it is a brilliant refraction of the 21st century, from the global war on terror to social media, computer hackers to mobsters, entrepreneurs to religious fundamentalists. Above all, Reamde is an enthralling human story - an entertaining and epic pause-resister from the extraordinary Neal Stephenson.

©2011 Neal Stephenson (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller...Who’ll prevail? We don’t know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson’s knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.” (Lev Grossman, Time)

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    Christian Dorr 04-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Mostly a fiction reader/listener, but will occasionally put non-fiction in there!

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    "A great listen but it is a long listen"

    I picked this up because I thought it would be about an MMO, which I used to play, however that is just a very small part of this great story. A bit long in some parts but overall a good story to listen too.

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    melanie United States 03-28-15
    melanie United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "you can sit on the edge of your seat for 38 hours"

    I kept wondering how so much suspense could be packed into a mere 38 hours, but Stephenson managed to com up with new creative ways to keep you interested. I really liked this story, and the characters. The narrator also did a great job with the character voices.

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    Alyssa 03-22-15
    Alyssa 03-22-15 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "Unspeakably Dull"

    I can fit everything that needs to be said about this book into the headline. The premise sounded fascinating and I've enjoyed Stephenson's books in that past, but there is no getting through this one. I'm a pretty patient reader, I like a variety of styles and genres and I hate writing manuals that insist that there's only one way to tell a story, so normally I would avoid passing this kind of judgement but man: this is a book with no hook. There is no way into this story. There is no one interesting character, no driving force of suspense or intrigue, just nothing but mind numbing description, nothing to get a listener through that first hour. I've tried and tried but I just can't. I'd rather listen to the ringing in my ears than this.

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    Alex 03-20-15
    Alex 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent"

    For such a detailed, well researched story, it suffers from the same hammy fish out of water explanations as can be found in your average Law and Order episode on gamers. This would be forgiveable if it weren't for the flat tone used for each character. Aside from accents, it's nearly impossible to discern any particular emotion in the dialogue.

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    Eric 03-19-15
    Eric 03-19-15
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    "Riviting"

    Not my normal genre but it was suggested by a coworker my thanks goes out to him for turning me on to such an awesome story

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    Veteran Driving Enthusiast 03-06-15
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    "If you're expecting something like Daemon"

    or Ready Player One, forgettaboutit. This story is a total bait -n- switch, starting off eventually with something that looks remotely like RPG sci-fi, but flips into a generic Tom Clancy action thriller. It's a Saturday afternoon popcorn flick.

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    Nadine Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada 03-05-15
    Nadine Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada 03-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "could not stay interested, I tried for 5 hours."
    What disappointed you about Reamde?

    Maybe if you are a hacker or gamer you would find this interesting and be able to stay connected to the story line and understand the lingo. I listened for over 5 hours and could not listen any further. Might be for some, but not for me.


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    dan scott 03-02-15
    dan scott 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Action! Adventure!"

    Good read, more action than video games. Would recommend to someone who enjoys details. Great characters an character building. Yup.

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    Evolver 03-02-15
    Evolver 03-02-15
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    "Pretty good action story"

    This is basically an action movie with good characters and, at times, some very good writing and character development. Flirts with nerd culture but anyone who likes action will enjoy it.

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    Jeff 03-01-15
    Jeff 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story concept but way to long"

    Story took a long time to develop and I struggled to stay interested in it. I was glad when I finished it so I could go on to a new book.

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