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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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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

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One of my favorite books!

Snow Crash is a cornerstone of the cyberpunk genre. Funny, dark, cerebral, complicated, prescient in many ways, and always fascinating, the book's grungy alternate reality is brought to life through Stephenson's unique use of language and Jonathan Davis' riveting performance. The vocabulary of the book--"burbclave," "bimbo box," "loglo," "biomass," etc--still colors my own lexicon to this day.

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Riveting

An awesome book. I loved it ! Well developed characters and an engaging storyline that is sufficiently complex but not confusing. I think the mother's storyline could have finished off a bit better, I'm left wondering the outcome but this is such a minor complaint.

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The future is here, so watch out,

What made the experience of listening to Snow Crash the most enjoyable?

The slightly future internet-connected envisioned dystopian world comes to life with compelling characters and an amusing but well crafted story line that does not disappoint.

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cyberpunk davinci code

I struggled to finish due to racist voices for certain characters and mispronouncing some ethnic terms.

I picked this up thinking it was pure cyberpunk, but it drones on with religious explanations and is more show than tell.

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enjoyable

interesting characters that you visualize and identify with , creative approach to future, didn't want to stop listening,.

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Narrator phoned it in

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Davis?

I actually love other books Jonathan Davis has narrated and think he's fantastic. But for some reason, the production quality on this copy is terrible. It sounds like he read it over the phone and it made it too difficult for me to be able to finish.

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  • Cameron
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  • 08-03-16

Great book!

A bit dated, but we'll worth the read. And an occasional reread. The audio version is quite enjoyable.