Snow Crash

  • by Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin/Second Life customers get a further 15% off Snow Crash. Please note that the discounted price will appear only after you add the item to your cart.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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- John

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.

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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-07-2001
  • Publisher: Audible Studios