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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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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 01-06-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Paradox of Pot-Boiler and Character Study....."

    What begins as a geek hacker-gamer mystery quickly escalates into a full blown spy thriller with Russian Mobsters, rich (though far from helpless) damsels in distress, and British-born Jihadists. The book is full of great characters and exciting situations. I have enjoyed several other Neal Stephenson novels very much including the farcical and fun Snowcrash the massive Cryptonomicon and his multi-volume exploration of the dawn of the scientific age: The Baroque Cycle. This here is a whole different type of story. REAMDE is akin to a patriotic thriller novel but twice as long and three times more convoluted. The similarity between them all is in the quality of the writing—all are engaging and nicely done. I continue to be impressed, paradoxically, with the variety and consistency of the work of Neal Stephenson.

    After a brief period I quickly became accustomed to Malcolm Hillgartner as the voice of REAMDE. He provides great pacing and emotes his various characterization with style and aplomb. Occasionally his characterizations are worthy of a rewind just to hear him turn a phrase in a marvelous accent. Sometimes he fades into the background and the story seems to be emanating directly from your brain. Always he delivers the text better that I could have read it silently to myself.

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    Rovelt 01-05-15
    Rovelt 01-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"

    Much more interested in the setup then what the story actually ends up being about

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    Michael Hall Olympia, WA United States 12-16-14
    Michael Hall Olympia, WA United States 12-16-14 Member Since 2013

    mtbikermike

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    "Dull and excessively complex, what a combination."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I felt the book was at least four hours too long. And that was after listening to only three of the five installments - I don't know if there's more baggage, since I had to stop listening.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Black Hills by Dan Simmons


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narrator was good - it was the story, which was punishing, that made me give up. I love Neal Stephenson and Cryptonomicon is absolutely my favorite book ever, but the tedium in Reamde was astounding.


    What character would you cut from Reamde?

    Half of them. Doesn't matter which ones.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know how this rates compared to the other reviews, but I'm a Stephenson fanatic and I couldn't handle how bloated this book was. Either story - the game OR the terrorists/etc. - MIGHT have been a manageable book; both together was far too much.

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    dave 11-01-14
    dave 11-01-14
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    "Definitely worth a credit"
    What did you love best about Reamde?

    The imagination to have roll playing game into a story, and the twist and characters it throws up


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reamde?

    Big book, lots of moments


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    Shakylogic 10-31-14
    Shakylogic 10-31-14

    Born on a Monday...

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    "Well worth listening to again and again"
    What made the experience of listening to Reamde the most enjoyable?

    I have high expectation when it comes to a Neal Stephenson book and this one hits the mark dead on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great character development and the plot works for me because some of it relates to my daily life...not terrorists.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. I understood every word he said, I think his pronunciation was excellent and his accents weren't too hokey.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Long strange trip.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is well worth listening to several times. It's easy to come back to and enjoy again and again. I highly recommend it.

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    J Greenville, SC, United States 10-09-14
    J Greenville, SC, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great narration, contrived story"

    I loved the concept of the story, and while I am not an online gamer, I am tech-savvy enough to spot the realism in the story of T'Rain and the REAMDE antagonist.
    What brought the low rating was what appears to be poor plotting on the part of the author. A third of the way into the book, he introduces a new major character and spends much time explaining her background. Would have been much more effective weaving her story in from the beginning and merging her into the main plot at the appropriate time.
    After that, the story just seemed to meander, looking for a direction and eventual denouement; the latter of which was obvious several listening hours in advance of it actually happening. Throw in some heroic deeds by the most unlikely of characters, and I was ready for it to end long before hearing, "... we hope you've enjoyed this program."
    I did REALLY enjoy Hillgartner's narration, however, and would be happy to listen to his narration again soon.

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    Norman Pearl River, LA, United States 10-07-14
    Norman Pearl River, LA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2017

    Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.

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    "38 hours of great story telling"
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    This is a trilogy's worth of adventure in one book, well managed by a master story teller. There are thrills and chills and multinational adventure throughout. At about 12 hours the story occasionally got a little slow and i could put it aside, I was afraid it would turn into a Perils of Pauline, but no, this is a great story with all the subplots coming together. With 12 hours left (as long as a longish Audible book) the conclusion is coming into focus, the excitement is building and I wonder "what more can possible happen before the end?" Well, a lot can and did happen. There is certainly death and destruction, but main characters are reasonably well treated, and the gore / violence was not overdone or overly upsetting. The narration/reading is great, with different characters and accents well done to help keep characters separate and be non-obtrusive to the story line. Well done. At one credit this is a bargain, a unique and plausible adventure of amazing scope. Listen to it!

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    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-04-14
    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting information about Gamers"

    Took a while to get into this but once I did it was quite interesting in its information about the world of gamers and the construction and maintenance of computer RPGs. The mystery and terrorism bits were reasonably passable too but I found the last 6 hours or so quite tedious, the final battle just seemed to go on and on and on. A fair read in general but not much more for me.

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    Ivan 08-15-14
    Ivan 08-15-14
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    "Entertaining but the story is weak"
    What did you like best about Reamde? What did you like least?

    The story starts strong and the descriptions of locations are great. However, it quickly deteriorates into a Hollywood like set of unrealistic characters and one deus ex machina upon another.


    Was Reamde worth the listening time?

    I had to do a lot of driving for a while and 38 hours of this easy to listen book were good money spent.


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    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 08-02-14
    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2004

    Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.

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    "Waaaay too long!"

    Stephenson is a very good author but this work is not at the level of The Diamond Age or Cryptonomicon. A good way to bore readers is to let too long a time go by without intense action. In this story, we learn more about how to operate a pirated ship or how to control its drift in the North China Sea than anyone save a naval academy midshipman would want to know. Same with what it's like to be out hiking and shooting in the North American mountains. The story would have been better if it were half as lengthy. Stephenson needs a good strong willed editor with lots of red pencils! The end is undramatic. Spoiler alert: All the bad guys get shot in various unexciting ways and the family reunion continues. Yawn.

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