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Snow Crash Audiobook

Snow Crash

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    D. McMillen Toronto 09-22-03
    D. McMillen Toronto 09-22-03 Member Since 2013
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    "You'll love it or you'll hate"

    I love the fact that the reviews of "Snow Crash" are so mixed -- if someone doesn't give it a 4 or 5, they give it a 1 (and probably only because they can't give it a zero). It's probably very much a function of your personality: if you're the right type, it'll grab you and you'll love it. Otherwise, it'll seem stupid, boring, and pointless. I'm in the former group: I love it!

    Either way, you won't have anything to complain about in the narration, in my opinion. Jonathan Davis does an excellent job.

    44 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Kellett Seattle, WA United States 09-01-10
    Michele Kellett Seattle, WA United States 09-01-10 Member Since 2014
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    "A Graphic Novel for the Sightless"

    No one writing today has more ideas about the history of technology or more passion for popular culture, or more willingness to spin heady theories about all of the above in densely plotted and populated novels than Neal Stephenson. Sometimes these ideas are exhilarating. Sometimes they're just dumb. But even when Stephenson resembles your crank engineer uncle on meth, he manages to do so with humor and elan. "Snow Crash" is an all-prose comic book, a novel that manages to be simultaneously apocalyptic and slight.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    James 03-06-03
    James 03-06-03
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    "Long to start but engaging once into it"

    I found that the techno jargon/slang was initially fairly shallow and repetitive. The story could have done with a much shorter setup of the characters and period, with a bit less attempt at a clever approach. This almost felt like word filling to make a minimum.

    However, once the story got going, it developed into a very engaging and well through out tale. The characters and interactions kept me listening until the very end, where I found it to be nicely all wrapped up.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Noel 02-09-11
    Noel 02-09-11 Member Since 2009

    Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.

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    "Classic Book/Excellent Performance"

    Snow Crash is probably one of the best all-time science fiction books ever written. Genre-savvy enough to poke fun at itself, but packed with erudition as well. (Well, what do you expect from Neal Stephenson). The characters are interesting and engaging, and the plot appropriately-paced. As a computer professional and a language wonk, myself, it's one I always come back to.

    Johnathan Davis' performance is surprisingly good. He manages to make each character's voice memorable, and has a decent facility with a range of accents.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke P. Anderson USA 07-17-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent"

    This is great SF -- intelligent, interesting, well told, very well written, involving, and in this case hillarious. The audio book also has excellent narration. Of all books I've listened to from Audible, this is my top pick.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Antioch, TN, United States 10-25-12
    Scott Antioch, TN, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked the narrator, but the story needs polish."
    What would have made Snow Crash better?

    It seems that a lot of the characters interaction seemed forced and/or unrealistic. Items and ideas just seemed to be inserted and accepted without a lot of thought, which seemed out of place. Plot devices like the conspiracy, the big virus, the librarian and other things that just appear in the story seemed more like deus-ex-machina than anything else. I thought it was pretty clumsy attempts to move the story forward for the most part. What made this worse is that it was inconsistently bad. There were liberal sprinkles of interesting dialog, action, and plot. But truth be told it just made the bad parts stick out more. In all I got the impression that this book needed a good editor to make it shine. It has all of the elements, it just seemed rough around the edges, often, and that kept throwing me out of the story.


    Has Snow Crash turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, and I might try reading the author's books again too. Just going to be a bit more cautious about it.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he made the characters and the worldview concepts interesting and the dialog smooth. If it were anyone else I would not have finished the book at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really liked the concept of the world and the way the different characters existed in it. The virtual world and how people worked with it was fascinating as The descriptions of the corporations and syndicates and how they existed in the world was also very neat to hear.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 02-12-10
    Jake 02-12-10 Member Since 2016
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    "An entertaining read, but not for everyone."

    I'd give this one a 5 except for two things: 1) The babel-chant that is used to bridge each transition and chapter (gets EXTREMELY annoying by the end of the book). 2) The story isn't quite up to the standards of Sci-Fi I'm used to, though I think my familiarity with virtually every topic covered in the plot exacerbates this somewhat (hard to suspend disbelief when you know too much to the contrary) - "Speculative Fiction" really is a better classification for this story, or even "Science Fantasy" (as in, it would be cool if things worked that way).

    Some other things that might detract from your enjoyment of this book include: Long monologues/dialogs in which vast amounts of plot-info is simply presented to you (this may comprise as much as 25% of the novel, but any other delivery method would have resulted in the book being twice as long). There is also cursing, sexual references, theological references (just about every major religion), drug use, etc.

    On the positive side, this book can be extremely funny (listen to the free preview - best pizza delivery ever, though not terribly relevant to the plot). The characters are great and the narrator does an excellent job. The story itself is entertaining and the world is fairly original. You'll get a decent intro into ancient history and mythology that I guarantee will be more interesting than any class on the subject (though obviously fictionalized to advance the plot). I think this book is unique in that I've never read a book set in the future that's plot was so dependent on the distant past (that didn't involve time-travel to said past).

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy H North Bend, WA, USA 07-29-03
    Sandy H North Bend, WA, USA 07-29-03
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    "Intelligent, thought-provoking, bizarre"

    I acquired this book upon recommendation by a friend who views it as a sci-fi classic, and she is right...this will be one of those books that people will be reading and talking about decades from now. It is extremely well written, Stephenson paints mental images like a master with his language. It has a complex but very engaging story which challenges the readers views of not only the future, but of present and the past. Since the story is dependent upon historical "facts" from thousands of years ago, it is at once educational in teaching some history while also revealing a possibility of a future that is plausible (like good sci-fi should). That future is somewhat dark and Orwellian, but also anarchical...and powered by advanced computer technology. I read somewhere that the Matrix screenplay was in part inspired by Snow Crash, and altho the stories are very different one can understand how this might be possible. This is the best book I've listened to in well over a year, and certainly the best from audible.com so far for me.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Teymur Madjderey los angeles, CA 05-13-08
    Teymur Madjderey los angeles, CA 05-13-08 Listener Since 2007

    http://www.icedsoul.de

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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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    Soulreserve Connecticut 05-22-08
    Soulreserve Connecticut 05-22-08 Member Since 2013
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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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    3/24/17
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    "Epic cyberpunk tale set in a dystopian America"

    Really enjoyed this book. Elements from many favourite genres Mafia, Vietnam and Samurai movies woven into an entertaining romp around America and cyberspace (Metaverse).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M0f0110
    2/18/17
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    "What a cyberpunk"

    I had listen to Ready Player One and liked it to a degree. Fantastic idea, well put together story terrible ending. This on the other hand has it all. Love, excitement, gun fights, swords, computers, crazy mob bosses, swords, pizza deliveries and did I mention the swords. It is just unputdownable and just keeps you hooked in with all the mythological babel and fantastic writing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ru gardner
    1/16/17
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    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Watson
    11/22/16
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    "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.

    Spoiler:

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master Rutter
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    9/1/16
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    "brilliant story"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    8/22/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jar84
    7/19/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eugene
    7/18/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Putman
    7/2/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/24/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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