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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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brilliant!

neal stephenson was ot known to me until recently (well a few month back) and I stumbled upon his name in a few podcasts and was very appealed by what the hosts said. I am a huge cyberpunk fan having played the cyberpunk pen and paper rpg and especially shadowrun, so I started with his novel "snow crash" which was recommended at many places. and I haven't been disappointed. what a wonderful read. it sucks you in and won't let you go till the last page. a brilliant and sharp story, packed with interesting and within the story unique characters. if you are into scifi and cyberpunk it is a must read.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Genre Closeing

What an amazing book. From start to finish it is gripping and won't allow you to switch to another book. There are some odd ideas, but it is scifi. Like Star Wars this story is at least predicting if not forming the way some technologies will influence our lives.

I've listened to it twice and read it once, well worth your credits or the amount you have to pay. A great listen!!! A great Story.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Terrible Audio Quality

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The story is engaging and fast paced and it leaves you with a lot to think about. Not to mention it's a great ride. <br/><br/>But the audio quality absolutely sucks. The narrator is fine, it just sounds like he was trapped in a tin box for the entire story. And chapters are buffeted by horrible sound effects and someone sing-speaking in gibberish. I get that it's trying to set a mood, but it's awful. And the worst part is that there are frequent brief episodes of completely different sound quality, that sound like they were added later.<br/><br/>If you can deal with the bad sound quality, this is definitely worth a listen. I really did love the story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wicked SciFi!

This is one of the best scifi novels that I've run across in the last few years. Ranks up there with Blade Runner and other classics. Listen to 5 minutes and you're hooked.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • Emmerich, N/A, Germany
  • 04-30-03

cant wait for next Stephenson

This is one of the best books I've ever listend to. I just couldnt stop listening and sometimes was even sitting in the car parking to wait for the chapter to end.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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High energy, won't disappoint

Neal S. is spectacular, and the narrator is too. Listening again after 10 years ago, and it is even more relevant now. I will get more Jonathan Davis narrations. He is very easy to understand and does not have scintillating screechy 's' sounds that some narratives have.

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Excellent

I have read "Snow Crash" several times this production really brought it to life. Excellent voice performance

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Fun Story

Good enough that I listened twice. This is one of Stephenson's best. The narrator is excellent.

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Great narration, fun characters, and profound concepts! A+

This book was recommended to me by a sci-fi fanatic. While I bought the book originally, I decided to listen to the audiobook during my commute.

The way I knew it was a good book was when I realized I didn't want my commute to come to an end. The narration by Johnathan Davis is great! His ability to adapt to each character made it feel like a whole cast of narrators.

The story itself was thought provoking. The characters were rich and fun. Stephenson does a great job of illustrating complex characters that, at times, you see as both good and bad.

The tasteful tongue in cheek had me chuckling out loud. At times I wondered if Mike Judge and Neal Stephenson collaborated, as the dim dystopia made me think of Judge's "Idiocracy" more than once.

The ending was a little underwhelming, but was more than made up for by the twists and turns throughout the book.

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Probably the best book ever written

Captivating start to finish. An interesting take on the internets future from before it was a big thing. Great characters, fantastic writing, etc. The only problem I had was it felt incomplete. I wanted more.

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  • ru gardner
  • 01-16-17

clean and comprehensive descriptions to emerse you

Neal conjures a graphic world with very broad reaching concepts and emerses you in it.
Some parts have you roaring with laughter. Rat things;)
Others on the edge of your proverbial seat.


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  • D. Watson
  • 11-22-16

What about the end?

I was given a copy of Snow Crash as a kid but never finished it, it's only now (in my late 20's) that I thought I'd give it another go. The book starts off well with good characters and story in a really interesting cyberpunk styled alternative reality.

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However towards the end it becomes a little too weird and not in a good way. I disapprove of the relationship between one of our main characters (15 year old girl) and a terrorist who is presumably a lot older, this scene was sickening and I felt it was unnecessary.

The book just ends with a lot of questions, it felt rushed as if a deadline had to be met.

I kinda wish now that I had just read the beginning and not made it right to the end.

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  • Master Rutter
  • 09-01-16

brilliant story

good narration with gripping story from a few different perspectives. would definitely recommend to anyone :)

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  • MR
  • 08-22-16

Very good in places

I read this (listened to the audiobook) after reading ready player one. I think this was a mistake as I was expecting something similar and whilst there are common themes they are not similar.

I found it difficult to follow at first but it was generally worth the effort of persisting. The central theme which develops is interesting; the notion of a virus being transferable via language and looking at similarities in computer virus and in a human virus affecting the central nervous system. There were a lot of concepts brought up all at one which I felt a bit lost in at one point. Had I been reading I guess I would have re-read but not so easy on audio.

I found the ending a bit of a disappointment,
This theme which developed through the book got lost and it seemed like an action novel with a girl trying to get rescued.

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  • jar84
  • 07-19-16

Cyber Punk....

Good examole of cyber Punk. A bit slow to start but better once it gets going. Guess it's a bit dated now and perhaps not standing the test of time.

Narrator was enthusiastic, style and bit dated.

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  • Eugene
  • 07-18-16

Fascinating Scifi Pulp Fiction

There are some truly fascinating ideas and reflections on our society and its evolution wrapped up in a racy story full of analogies that connect the future with the ancient past through the present.

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  • Richard Putman
  • 07-02-16

death by detail

I've lost consciousness more times with this audible book than any other. Excrutiating levels of detail, the purpose of every button and switch on any device and every move or thought during action sequences is painfully spelt out.

Snowcrash is the polar opposite of Neuromancer and is only suitable for those devoid of their own imagination to fill in the blanks in a story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-16

Decent cyber tech sci-fi blab

Taking off from Gibson necromancer, Mona Lisa over drive, a cyber afflicted California, creating a very entertaining book following hero ninja pizza delivery specialist, ride the avalanche of snow crash, beware could be the future

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  • Don
  • 03-08-16

one of my favorites

I must have read this a dozen times. love it. great audio version, I must say.

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  • Nick Evans
  • 10-21-15

Greatest Sci-fi story ever. Must read

I just hope they don't ruin the film they are apparently making. Just enjoy the book while you can and then listen to the sequel which is almost as good.