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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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    Disappointing!

    This very long novel published in 1992 certainly proves to be original and imaginative, yet all may not appreciate it. In fact, many may feel that the author strives too much to be creative and that the storyline is just an excuse to line up elements that he personally considers “cool”: car and skateboard chases worthy of video games, equally outré gunfights and swordfights, lengthy references to the Bible and to Antiquity, a dog’s stream of consciousness, etc. In fact, by the end of the book, some sub-plots are still unresolved.

    There is no attempt to be remotely plausible. For instance, the main character, called “Hiro Protagonist”, is a computer hacker and a Samurai sword virtuoso who now delivers pizzas for a living and has a keen interest in the ancient Sumerian language. His female counterpart, called ‘YT” (for “Yours truly”), is a 15-year-old courier gratified with super high-tech clothing and equipment. She lives with her mother but there is no mention of her ever going to school.

    The novel is set in an unspecified future which is not so distant from the book’s release since many characters are Vietnam War veterans and Hiro’s father was a soldier in Nagasaki in 1945. The times are dystopian, and the United States government has given up power over most of its former territory, which is now broken up into multiple autonomous units, many controlled by the American Mafia or by “Buy and Fly”.

    The novel is credited for anticipating many innovations: the notion of “metaverse”, and the word itself, first appeared here. The book also matter-of-factly includes cell phones (called “personal phones”) as well as the equivalents of Google Earth (though it provides live images), email, Roomba and Waze. Strangely, however, videotapes are still around as well as 3-ring binders and xeroxing. Also, some technology featured has not become generalized 30 years later, notably all-terrain skateboards, wearable airbags and… portable hydrogen bombs.

    Many may consider that the novel would have immensely benefited being edited to perhaps half its current length.

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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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    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
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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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      4 out of 5 stars
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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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    • 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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      5 out of 5 stars
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Danny
    • 24/12/2002

    Cyberpunk

    So far the two Neil Stevenson books I have listened to, Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, have proved to be very entertaining and thought provoking. The techknolodgy he creates as part of the setting and times is both imaginative and maybe even wildly plausable. I think for me , what sets him apart is his sense of humour. The combination makes for a very enjoyable read.

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    • Michael
    • 16/01/2003

    A very clever book.

    Snow Crash is not only very entertaining, it has a series of clever twists and a strong back story that set it aside from many science fiction stories.

    Comedy and drama are well entwined throughout, neither detracting from the overall mood and pace of the book and the protagonists are well drawn.

    I can highly recommend the excellent audio recording, which is a great format for this novel.

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    • D. McMillen
    • 22/09/2003

    You'll love it or you'll hate

    I love the fact that the reviews of "Snow Crash" are so mixed -- if someone doesn't give it a 4 or 5, they give it a 1 (and probably only because they can't give it a zero). It's probably very much a function of your personality: if you're the right type, it'll grab you and you'll love it. Otherwise, it'll seem stupid, boring, and pointless. I'm in the former group: I love it!

    Either way, you won't have anything to complain about in the narration, in my opinion. Jonathan Davis does an excellent job.

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    • Vic
    • 18/03/2003

    A Journey Into Escapism

    This is one of my first audiobooks selections and I chose it for it's length (value) and my interests in computers, technology, and future predictions. I listened to the sample and it sounded a little too "off the wall" for me, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

    At first I was distracted by the verbal landscape but soon I was drawn in and the characters began to become likable and someone that I could relate to.

    Concepts that I really liked:
    1. A cyber universe where one could almost live, die, and play in... an Internet on steroids?
    2. A virus that could gap the digital world to the physical world.
    3. An ancient language that was, and is, common to all people

    The characters are inventive, interesting, and quite unusual. The plot takes all kinds of twists and kept me anxiously wanting to go back to listening. The reader does a great job and does not detract from the story.

    Bottom line, I found this a strange, yet compelling, story that I enjoyed very much.

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      4 out of 5 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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    • Criticus
    • 22/01/2022

    SF great - religious mysticism bad

    The book starts great and Stephenson had so many great ideas for a plausible future especially how the internet can progress. He really is the pioneer for the metaverse. All the SF elements and the story around those would be a 5.
    But then he adds a religious mumble jumble, which makes the story unbelievable and with long tedious monolog about some nonsense and badly researched old gods. The story would have been much better without it.

    Too bad, would have been a great book otherwise

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    • Roland Thaler
    • 09/12/2021

    High speed pizza delivery mafia

    Intriguing yet all over the place at the same time. Audio sounds like it was recorded via phone call, which isn't totally a bad thing. kind of fits the mood and doesn't have annoying bass frequencies that can really get on your nerves when driving. Just a heads up on that.

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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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    • Gewtitta
    • 03/07/2022

    deprecated

    I heard it an it's not completely clear to me what is irony.
    maybe hearing it in 2000 would have been a better experience but it did not age well.
    all the metaverse stuff was deprecated after second life.
    It's said that it was an inspiration for a lot of techies.
    But for me it's only deprecated scifi.

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    • Maximilian Krauß
    • 08/04/2022

    Embarassing, cringe, pathetic

    I forced myself to listen all the way to the end because this book is often referenced when people talk about the Metaverse.
    It felt like a 14 year old tech nerd who just hit puberty wrote a diary of his wet dreams and nerd fantasies and tried to make a novel out of it.
    story is bad, writing style is bad, characters are bad.
    complete waste of time, worst book I ever listened to.

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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.