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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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    Occupation 10-30-15
    Occupation 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Cool, Crazy and Intricate"

    Snow Crash lays out a humorous and satirical vision of the near future that is not that far off the direction you could imagine the world going in. Stephenson is so creative with all his quirky and interesting characters, and the pace of the story feels almost manic at times that you feel you're on a wild adventure just listening along. I laughed several times out loud at some of the sarcastic comments characters made. He has a very hip writing style and it's a very cool mystery that ends up being very intricate and made me end up feeling "this is so cool, how did he think of this?!"

    Johnathan Davis is one of the best narrators I've listen on Audible so far. His range of voices, accents and "attitudes"' is very dynamic and gives a distinct personality to each character so you really feel like you're listening to different people talking. Plus he's able to do female voices well which I notice some other narrators with deep voices have trouble pulling off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Reed Castle Hills, Texas 10-28-15
    David Reed Castle Hills, Texas 10-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Was expecting more from the hype [spoiler alert]"

    Good story that was well narrated. . .but I feel like Neal couldn't make up his mind about how over the top he wanted to be. I am glad he dialed back down (mostly) after the Deliverator loses his job and kept most of that noise in the metaverse because it's hard to take seriously in meatspace. At least self-lampooning the over the top opening would have made Hiro more relatable despite his silly surname name. Or do the whole book in honest Marvel style. I didn't expect to like YT, but I did. Fido deserved better and I felt cheated by the vague resolution between Enzo and Raven. A decent take with weak bookends, I guess. Not "teh awsum" cyberpunk I was led to expect.

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    DominantFish 10-27-15
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    "Garbage"

    never thought I would read a B list book, but this thing is like the Kung Fury of books. It's almost like they were trying to make it bad.

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    Circ 10-22-15
    Circ 10-22-15
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    "Difficult to finish"

    This was my second attempt at a Neal Stephenson novel and I think yet again his writting style struggles to captivate me in anyway. I found myself struggling to finish Snow Crash while not caring at all about any of the characters. I understood what was happening but nothing seemed to really matter. There were however parts that stood out as interesting, but it quickly fell flat again as more and more of the same information was fed, lending nothing useful to the story or reader.

    Many have given this book high ratings (along with Seveneves (the other Neal Stephenson book I referred to above) and you may as well thoroughly enjoy each of these books, but if you're like me you'll have a difficult time getting through them.

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    Ashley 10-13-15
    Ashley 10-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Narrator!"

    Honestly, I would listen to anything read by him. Coupled with a great book, it was a great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pitman40 10-13-15
    Pitman40 10-13-15

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    "Really fun or a geek over 30."

    if you remember the Internet before there was a web, the future as seen in Snow Crash, published in 1994, will give you an interesting look at the future from that time. the action, adventure, Engineering, fantasy, humor, sex, and technology should be enough to keep you interested for this very long book.

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    jayke norman 10-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "amazing look at what might have been"

    this world is absolute in style. nothing beats this. samurai ninja pizza delivery man, mobster bosses, memetic hazards, robot dogs so fast they can't be seen. this is.... without equal is it's insanity.

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    Ryan W. 10-02-15
    Ryan W. 10-02-15
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    "Loved it"

    Great story great performance! I didn't think if enjoy it as much as I did.

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    Jarrod Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-28-15
    Jarrod Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just couldn't get into it"

    Was a struggle to get through, might not be my type of read.

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    Eddie 09-27-15
    Eddie 09-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Lost in Time"

    First off I like the story but there were a few instances where I couldn't tell how much time had passed. Could have been months or it could just have been a few hours. Also I wish it had a better conclusion, it just seemed to kinda cut off at the end.

    All that aside I loved all the cyber punk elements in the book and I can see why its considered a classic. It was worth the read.

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  • John
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    1/19/10
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    "A Manga mini-whirlwind"

    No plot spoilers here. My book club recently agreed this as a 7.5/10. As an audiobook it's well read, and, when I bought it, extremely good value. The storyline has minor flaws and the characterisation is argueably two-dimensional..but the author does an excellent job of telling an entertaining yarn with thoughtful and witty situations and asides in an overall entertaining package. This would obviously make a great Manga comic, and that is, I'm told, exactly what the author intended. In that sense the lack of depth of characterisation is understandable....in cartoon form this would be easier to allow the reader to infer. You get a lot for your money here...with some of the details and asides that flesh out this concievable (slightly sardonic) dystopia being enough to constitute a novella on their own. In the end, it doesn't necessarily deliver more than it promises, but it certainly doesn't deliver less.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "Great book but not ideal audio material"

    Neal Stephenson is a superbly imaginative writer, he shows this to great effect in 'Snow Crash'. The detail and invention of his 'Snow Crash' world is truly mind boggling.

    Although I enjoyed the book, and the narration is superb, I think I would have preferred to read this on the page, as it were; although the narrative and plot hurtle along in good style, the characters are somewhat cartoon-like and two dimensional, serving largely as vehicles to carry the story, and this means that the fantasy backdrop has to carry the listener's interest for much of the 17 hours of the book - that's a long time.

    One other point to note: you really need to have some knowledge and/or interest in computers and virtual reality to follow the plot.

    Overall four stars, but my recommendation would be to read the book rather than listen to it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    9/23/10
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    "A Perfect Blend"

    One of the difficulties with audiobooks, in particular with books that you've previously read, is finding a narrator who sounds right.

    Snowcrash has been one of my favourite books for years and I was delighted to find that Jonathon Davis 'gets it'. The pacing of the story, the emphasis of the words and the voicing of the characters is pretty much spot on for me, so this audiobook gets five stars with no quibbles!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    London, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Great book and great narrator"

    This is one of my all time favourite books and listening to it read out loud was no disappointment.



    The depth and tone of Jonothan Davis' voice perfectly matches the tone of the book. It is now imprinted in my memory with his voice. Excellent!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Churchouse
    Wiltshire, UK
    5/18/15
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    "Hours of delicious escapism"
    Any additional comments?

    Snow Crash was an instant favourite when first encountered as a student in the 90s (studying ancient civilisations by day, gaming by night...) and 20 years hasn't dulled it's appeal. Having it delivered straight to your ear by the smooth, effortless voice of Jonathan Davis while your body is doing other things is a definite treat - shades of the Metaverse? Some of the technology and concepts have lost their initial impact due to the passage of time but the story does not feel dated. The pace moves from fast and furious to scholarly pauses and back again with ease. The unlikely main characters are engaging for both their abilities and their flaws; the burbclaves and franchised countries are all too believable for anyone who has come across "suburb snobbery" in a modern city. And I defy any dog lover not to moved by the Rat Things. An action packed, witty, intelligently observed, bizarre, tongue in cheek vision of our near future.The narration by Jonathan Davis is animated and excellently done. A voice actor that can believably be a teenage skater chick, a computerised librarian and a Vietnamese cyborg with ease, consistency and flawless movement between each is a joy to listen to.The final word? I wish there was a way to read/listen to Snow Crash again for the first time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robbie
    southamptonUnited Kingdom
    10/26/08
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    "Vivid pictures"

    I enjoyed listening to snowcrash its` pace variation fitted in well with my other activities. The two 'universes' worked well although I became confused with the different city-states in the real one (but my american geography never was that good!) As usual with this narrator the pictures are so vivid it beats HD TV.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    London
    8/30/14
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    "Early Stephenson"

    A tightly constructed thriller set in the near future when nations as we now know them have be replaced by corporate franchises and life is lived between a dystopian reality and a fast developing visrtual reality. Some sort of virus seems to be able to infect users on he net and also to continue its work on them in real life. Our hero "Hero Protagonist" has to find out what's going on and put a stop to it. This is early Stephenson but it's already marked by the incredible breadth of sources he can pull into his story (ancient Sumerian history, coding, world war 2, Japanese culture), the way he plays with ideas like what would happen if nationhood were privatrized, his humour and his gift for dialogue. The dialogue is particularly good and offers a reminder of how challenging other genre fiction authors find to bring characters to life through what they say and how they say it. This only gets three stars for the story because at times he sort of gives up and let's the main character lapse into pages of exposition in order to shift the plot along but overall it's still a very enjoyable and immersive listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sydney
    London, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Rollicking cyberadventure"

    I go hot and cold on Stephenson- loved Diamond Age; petered out on the Baroque Cycle. Glad I tried this one out, it's zippy and fun, if oddly retro 20 years on (Second Life not being exactly the It place to be for example). I had only a vague idea what was going on half the time but the lively writing and excellent reading kept me enjoying it. Davis does a great job with all the characters, I especially enjoyed his rendition of the eye-rolling teenage skater-girl.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jyrki
    4/13/13
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    "Good stuff"

    As an esotericist and cyberpunk fan I really loved this.

    There is lots of info dumb about misty old religions and new technology which some times interrupted the flow of the story, but it was very interesting stuff, so I didn't mind.

    There is also kind of slight grin at the writers face all the time so the book was fun and very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DMAPP
    Epworth, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Not dissapointed"

    Got into Neal Stephenson via a Stephen King book (The Cell) and have been hooked ever since. Just the right level of detail to plot ratio to keep things moving. This book was fab and well narrated too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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