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Snow Crash

Lu par : Jonathan Davis
Durée : 17 h et 3 min
5 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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I am not a big Sci-Fi fan, but this book was just great. It was funny, witty, very imaginative, and the story just kept my interest the whole time. I especially love the part where Hiro's characteristics switched when he joined the Metaverse. It reminded me of people I know that are very different online behind their computer screens than in person. Overall, it was an enjoyable listen – one of the best I've had here at Audible. (Will, Vice President of Customer Experience)

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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.

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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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  • SL
  • 26/09/2018

Brillant SF novel

The plot is thrilling, mixing computer science / cyber punk / history with subtlety. Snowcrash’s characters are well depicted and profound. The narrator’s voice is deep, engaging and powerful. 5 stars audiobook!

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  • Matthew Burd
  • 16/01/2020

I was wrong

trigger warning: Sexual assault

I heard so many great things about this book and while I enjoyed the pace and the concepts explored in the story there is one thing I cannot just let go. Neal Stephenson hyper sexualizes a 15 year old girl throughout the book and then SPOILER ALERT he graphically describes her cumming as she is penetrated by her 33 year old rapist. because of this I cannot recommend the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/08/2019

Couldn't finish, major content warning

There's an entire chapter devoted to an adult having sex with a fifteen year old girl. I've never put a book down faster, and I wouldn't have wasted my time if I'd known.

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  • A. Tuck
  • 16/10/2008

Classic Stephenson

It's been several years since I read this book, so thought it'd be fun to give the audiobook a listen. I do have to say that I think it's one of those books that is better read than listened to via audio. That said, I think the narrator did a good job capturing the book and it is a fun story. First released in 1992, the same year "www" was coined, it's interesting to see how many of his "predictions" have come true and how much sounds dated. Stephenson is someone who explains tech in detail - all of his books are that way - which I find fascinating. But, if in-depth explanations bore you, he's not the author for you.

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  • Brent
  • 05/02/2003

A solid sci-fi novel

This book has a lot going for it. For starters the plot is great. A lot of twists and turns and you're never quite sure what's going to happen (or even what's going on). The characters are wonderfully crafted and the dialog is well written and entertaining. A wonderfully dry humor is mixed in well with the action. Also, major kudos to the narrator. He does such a great job that the audio book may very well be better then paper edition.

Part of the plot revolves around the study of biblical era documents, including the bible itself. I did sometimes find this part of the plot somewhat frustrating. But that's probably due to the fact that I know something about biblical exegesis, and the conclusions drawn by the characters in the book are wildly inaccurate. I suppose this frustration would be similar to the frustration felt by a physicist as he watched Star Trek. Or by a military tactician as he watched a Rambo film. It can just be frustrating to have a subject that you know about used as a plot device. Let's just say that you'll learn about as much about biblical study after reading Snow Crash as you'd learn about physics by watching Captain Picard use "and inverted tachyon beam to scan the wormhole."

Don't get this book if you'll be offended by the use of Christian and biblical events as a plot device. Also be aware that there is some profanity. It's not gratuitous, but it is fairly frequent.

But all of that aside, this is a really good book. If you're a sci-fi fan, you'll probably like it. If you're a cyber-punk fan, this is required reading. But even if you're not a sci-fi fan, you could very well enjoy this book. Just keep an open mind and buckle your seat belt. It's quite a ride.

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  • Scott Eberhart
  • 11/05/2014

Great Story, Terrible Audio Quality

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The story is engaging and fast paced and it leaves you with a lot to think about. Not to mention it's a great ride.

But the audio quality absolutely sucks. The narrator is fine, it just sounds like he was trapped in a tin box for the entire story. And chapters are buffeted by horrible sound effects and someone sing-speaking in gibberish. I get that it's trying to set a mood, but it's awful. And the worst part is that there are frequent brief episodes of completely different sound quality, that sound like they were added later.

If you can deal with the bad sound quality, this is definitely worth a listen. I really did love the story.

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  • Tony
  • 09/03/2003

Excellent example of what an audiobook should be

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I listen to audiobooks quite frequently and I can honestly say this is my favorite. A reasonably intelligent use of sound effects and excellent vocalizing make this a joy to listen to. I had originally read this in paperback and was quite suprised to find myself identifying MORE with the characters through the audiobook than I had in my original reading.

While this IS considered sci-fi and/or cyberpunk, don't let those terms scare you off. The envisioned future is pretty realistic and just 'gritty' enough to give you a good feel for it. Most of the technology is pretty conceivable and easy to understand - and very little of it is thrown in just because the author's supposed to be writing 'sci-fi'.

The audio version does bog down a bit in one or two spots. Some of the religious lingo/jargon/names was a bit easier to absorb in hardcopy. It's a lot easier to look back a page or two - or know you read that name just a minute ago and glance back over a paragraph or three - than it is to zap your MP3 player back 6 or 7 minutes. You might want to bookmark the beginning of such sections if you're either a die-hard fan or a theology major... Otherwise, listen through it and absorb what you can. You'll get a good idea where things are heading in short order.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 12/03/2011

Cool, but complicated

After reading the first two chapters, I thought Wow, I have found a new favorite author. The action was great and the characters interesting. Stephenson's metaphors and use of language are genius. I soon got lost in the complicated plot and what little I understood sounded extremely far fetched. If you are a layman of average intelligence like me you may find this a hard read, but the educated tech heads may love this book. I do want to read more of Stephenson.

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  • Robert
  • 03/10/2011

Unfreakingbelievable

A few years ago when I had become interested in the virtual reality of Second Life, a friend recommended Snow Crash to me. I had not heard of the book but having such a high regard for the friend, I kept it tucked away in my synapses. Boy am I glad that I did. This is a book about virtual reality that is very much like Second Life. But it is so, so much more. In fact I think that there is no end to the more. It includes Sumerian myth, a hero/protagonist named Hiro Protagonist and a landscape so much like modern-day America, you won't miss it. Hopefully you won't miss the book either. It is funny, hip and cool as can be. The book is mind boggling, outrageous and not like anything I have ever read.

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  • Adam M.
  • 05/04/2018

NOT "Ready Player One"

I got this book after several people recommend it after hearing I loved Ready Player One. The ONLY thing this has in relation to RPO is the fact that people have an immersive online expierence. I made it a little over 1/2 way through this book and was asking WTF the entire time. I returned it after sitting through a LONG lecture on ancient biblical history and theory and mentioning a god who....well let's say "fertilized" farmers crops.

If you are looking for another Ready Player One experience keep looking.

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  • ibillinsly@gmail
  • 30/11/2017

4.28 stars..................not great...but almost

Snow Crash was in my library for a few months before I got around to listening. I started it a few times but didn't like the sound of the recording. The issue was not necessarily with the narrator but the quality in general. It is an older recording, so it is not up to par with current releases. However, I soon got used to the vintage recording and started to really enjoy it. I usually don't like sound effects in an audiobook, but the ones in Snow Crash somehow fit.

This isn't your typical sci-fi novel. It's more complex. I really like this writer. I got Snow Crash as a Daily Deal, so it was certainly worth that. I would recommend Snow Crash to anyone who might like a well written, vintage cyber punk novel set in a dystopian future.

Overall rating: 4.28 stars

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  • Alexander Zimmermann
  • 09/03/2012

gutes Buch, mittelmässige Lesung

+ die Geschichte ist gut erzählt, die Idee hinter dem Buch interessant und packend

=> 5 Sterne für den Inhalt

o ein paar Mal hab ich mich gefragt ob das Buch nicht vielleicht doch ein wenig gekürzt wurde, da ich aber das Original nicht kenne will ich es nicht abschließend bewerten; ich hatte jedoch nie Mühe der Geschichte weiter zu folgen
- eine knappe handvoll Stellen sind für 1-3 Sekunden verrauscht, eine Stelle sogar ca. 5 Sekunden
- an einer knappen handvoll Punkten stößt man auf 1-3 Sekunden deutlich hörbare Stille
- die Kapitelmarken sind sehr willkürlich gesetzt (meist ca. alle 40-45 Minuten) und meiner Meinung nach deutlich zu wenige für ein so langes Hörbuch

=> 3 Stern für die Umsetzung

==>> knapp aufgerundet noch 4 Sterne insgesamt

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  • Eros B.
  • 04/10/2018

A must-read for cyberpunk fans!

Fans of the cyberpunk must have this in their library. I am surprised it's not been adapted into a movie or a series, yet.

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  • Jan Onderwater aus NL
  • 20/11/2019

Ein sehr intelligenter SF Roman.

Snowcrash von Neal Stephenson ist ein sehr intelligenter SF Roman.

Wie in seine Spätere Romane von Stephensons Romanen befasst es sich mit Geschichte, Linguistik, Anthropologie, Archäologie, Biologie, Religion, Informatik, Künstliche Intelligenz, Kryptographie, Virale Memetik und Philosophie. Es setzt an zum nachdenken über was Information ist, wie Information sich verhalt.

Es ist sehr wahrscheinlich das er The Selfish Gene (ein 1976 erschienenes Buch über Evolution und Informationstheorie von Richard Dawkins,) gelesen hat und sich dadurch hat inspirieren lassen.

Das hört sich nach Schwere Kost an, ist es aber nicht.

Wir Folgen der Pizzabote und Hacker Hiro Protagonist und die Skateboard Kurier YT durch ein Dystrophisches Los Angeles und durch das Metaverse. Eine Virtuelle Realität vergleichbar mit den in Ready Player One von Ernest Cline.

Ein Computer Virus geht rum der die grenze zwischen Computer und Gehirn durchbrochen hat.
Hiro und YT gehen (unterstutzt von der Maffia) auf Queste um die Menschheit zu retten.

Ein sehr unterhaltsamen Geschichte der Spannend, Humorvoll und wie gesagt auch sehr intelligent geschrieben ist.

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  • Luckydinner
  • 18/09/2019

Just amazing!

Loved this audiobook. A mix of science fiction, religion, love, mafia and magic. Recommend to everyone :)

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  • Tim Yevgrashyn
  • 19/02/2019

Exciting story which amazingly narrated in audiobo

Author outlines the cyberpunk reality with a lot of details and the story started from many different aspects coming to the one single momentum at the end.

Extra kudos go to the narrator, who's doing a real Audio play with changed voices and emotions and all the efforts to make the listener engaged. This was the fastest 17 hours I've ever done with the book.

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  • Helstone
  • 18/07/2018

Not the best Stephenson

Idea is just told as librarian research result. Neither world nor character come to life.

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  • Dirk Zimmermann
  • 01/06/2018

thrilling Story of an unsetteling future

high speed story with an superhero inbetween nerd and bladerunner and a girl that already has to manage the real and meta world and does it really cool. end of world like story switching fast between reality and meta world, maybe a musst for computer freaks. interesting excurses Info Real ancient history.

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  • J
  • 08/02/2017

Fascinating story that predicts a lot of the future

The story was never burying and I was fascinated how accurate the Internet and virtual reality was predicted.
The performance fur the narrator was superb. Recommended not only to sci-fi fans