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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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    Matt Franklin Atlanta, GA 07-08-15
    Matt Franklin Atlanta, GA 07-08-15
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    "Essential Post Cyberpunk, but way out there."

    I had been meaning to read "Snow Crash" along with the (much) earlier Cyberpunk progenitor "Neuromancer". While I cannot say I found either to be flawlessly engrossing, I must recommend beginning a foray into the Cyberpunk/Post Cyberpunk field with "Neuromancer".

    Certain of the central metaphysical presuppositions upon which "Snow Crash" is founded were simply too far outside of my own philosophical world view for me to not feel distracted during some of the lengthy expositional soliloquies towards the climax.

    That being said, the action was intense and well depicted, so the novel fluctuates' heavily between pronounced intellectualism and hyper-adrenal intensity. A more fluid blending of the two would have made for a stronger narrative, but ultimately I have no regrets in absorbing the story to hand.

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    R. Eschenroeder St. Louis, MO USA 07-07-15
    R. Eschenroeder St. Louis, MO USA 07-07-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    After listening in on SevenEves, was excited to explore this author's early works. The reviews were all about Snow Crash and its uber-excitement, when in fact it really was random, slow and sorry Neal, bad. Can't undo bad. First Audible title I just didn't care what happened and didn't finish. So pizza delivery speeds are our future dystopia? Yes see the irony and the commentary, but it's just dumb. Oh and by the way, don't need 70's analog synthesizer white noise effects for transitions - I kind of get when chapters begin when the narrator says: "Chapter 14."

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    Bill Wilder 06-29-15
    Bill Wilder 06-29-15
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    "Great story, brilliantly performed"

    Usually I listen to audiobooks for the flexibility - so I can listen while driving, for example. The performance by Jonathan Davis is masterful and represents the rare case where the audio version is superior - enhanced to the point where even if I was sitting at home on the couch with time to read, the audio version would still be superior.

    Oh yeah - the story is absolutely riveting. Funny, clever, engaging, interesting characters (amplified by Mr. Davis' performance), and prescient (was written in 1991).

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    Arch4ng31 06-28-15
    Arch4ng31 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the book- the full between chapters was a bit much."

    Love the book- the full between chapters was a bit much. Would still recommend. Enjoy.

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    BrianOC 06-24-15
    BrianOC 06-24-15

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    "Enjoyable Ride"

    Got my credits worth of entertainment and enjoyed the challenge of the history and tech.

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    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 06-20-15
    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Just too dated"
    What disappointed you about Snow Crash?

    i just couldn't handle an imagining of the future in which the Internet isn't available. That, and bad writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

    Yep. Seveneves was great and I'll try others.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

    Yes


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    JyePhye 06-20-15
    JyePhye 06-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Now one of my favorite books"

    Fantastic narration. Nails the character voices. Incredible plot and incredible writing. A must read -- listen.

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    Marian R Hecht Galveston, TX United States 06-18-15
    Marian R Hecht Galveston, TX United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun read"

    Pure escapism with some interesting theories. Nice story line with a bit of sci Fi, pseudo religious ideas and action shoot 'em up.

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    sheherazede 06-09-15
    sheherazede 06-09-15
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    "Wow, mind blown and actually impressed!"

    This book hooked me in from the beginning and made me laugh; filled with smart-ass humor but seriously one of the top 3 books I've ever read!

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    david PORT HUENEME, CA, United States 06-07-15
    david PORT HUENEME, CA, United States 06-07-15

    Hi

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    "neal stephenson has great plots, but is longwinded"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    pacing wayyy off. this book has great plot, but the pacing is very slow and tons of unnecessary tangents


    If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

    one of the better, but still don't like it very much


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no i have not


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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