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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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Well Read

AWESOME NARRATOR! BULLSHIT PREMISE. GREAT WORLD TO BASE A CYBERPUNK RPG ON. Worth a listen.

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  • Cale
  • Dallas, TX, US
  • 09-13-16

Sci-fi Bliss!

Excellent writing. The author shared a fascinating vision of the future. The plot was exciting and never dull. Jonathan Davis's narration was superb. I especially enjoyed his tone when he was reading from the point of view of "the rat thing."

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probably worst book, and reading

Book itself was boring, used dumb words (bimbo box for vans? was this written by an 8 year old?). Goes off on tangents that are uninteresting and do not advance the plot. reading was terrible, horrible quality (think 80s movie trailer quality) and the cut scenes tongues and laser sound also sounded like the 80s. Only book an audible (45+) that I would want my money back.

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Wildly overrated

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know who I would recommend it to. I guess hard core cyberpunk sci-fi fans may like this more than I did? I have liked other cyberpunk stories like Neuromancerin the past, but I thought this book was terrible.

What could Neal Stephenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't have any suggestions. I really disliked this book from beginning to end. The future world suggested by Stephenson seemed so unrealistic and silly. I had no attachment to the characters at all...I slogged through it all and it never got better.

What aspect of Jonathan Davis’s performance would you have changed?

Performance was adequate. My problem with the book was primarily content.

What character would you cut from Snow Crash?

Most of them.

Any additional comments?

This book came highly recommended from other sci fi readers I know. But I really hated this book. I actually listened to the last 40% of it on 2x speed just to get it over with quicker.

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good not great

story was a little hard to finish, also the recording was a little muffled. Overall not bad.

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good narration, great intersecting plot lines

if you like cyberpunk, you will love this. it is very reminiscent of william gibson

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Great narration

Story
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Interesting setting, like-able character, main plot line quite interesting
Dislike:
-Author has a major case of ADD and suddenly picks some useless thing to describe for a long time on multiple occasions.
-The relationships that "just happen" seem very unlikely
-The main plot doesn't really kick in until about half way through the book

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He's excellent
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Nothing

Audible
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The app
Chapters in audible are not chapters of the book

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Cyberpunk at its best

Steaming cyberpunk action from beginning to end.

Stepenson sketches a frenchised distopia that is read as a fast passed movie script. The narator is instrumental in bringing characters to life and the tone of the work is captured spot on. Overall a fun and exciting listening experience.

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Surprisingly Accurate Futuristic Tech Predictions

This was my first Neal Stephenson novel, and wasn't sure what to expect, but it does not disappoint. Being written in 1992, I'm surprised (and impressed) at the accuracy of some of the technical innovations it predicts (widespread use of mobile phones, 2nd life style gathering places, etc). Like parts of story and plot premises , some of the technology (the Loogie Gun) seems tongue in cheek and campy, but in the Snow Crash world, it works. Some of the descriptions seem a bit drawn out, but not overly so - could be a turnoff for those wanting a faster read. But again, I think it helped when trying to get a feel for what I will call an alternative history and future world (not hugely different, but certainly not our social and political landscape). Overall a good story, I will read other of Stephenson's works.

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absolutely astounding experience!

I couldn't have loved or enjoyed it more I wish this book would never end it's social critique is so fun and funny and the visuals and Concepts so inviting great storytelling great writing couldn't recommend this audiobook enough the performance is on point really delivering the fun humor and excitement please enjoy this experience for you will not regret it the concept alone or something you can talk about endlessly