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Belief needs to be suspended from Chapter 1 reader. Amusing characters, plot excellent overall, but with a few, ' now what are you doing that for?' moments. Nicely narrated and the Grainne character really well written and read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The Fall and Rise of D.O.D.O. is one hell of an audiobook. It delivers its story through the medium of journals, documents, social media postings and conversational transcripts with a varied cast of narrators each adding their own style to their particular sections. For the most part it barrels along delivering a deeply woven sci-fi plot garnished with a light touch of humour. The science gets complemented by witchcraft and is another interesting take on multi-stranded time travel. The relationship between science and magic is something I found generally interesting even if I possibly didn't 100% understand all of the concepts that were outlined in some detail.
The highlight of the humour is largely a sustained attack on American corporate culture. If you've managed to avoid that during your life (lucky you!) then it might not mean as much but as someone who has endured it's ever-worsening tugging at my sanity this really did hit the target.
I think the main strands of the plot and the sci-fi parts are well done though plot hole pedants will likely have a field day. The historical parts including one particular Irish character's views on England's greatest bard are also pretty funny. It never quite takes itself too seriously.
There are times when it dragged a little for me though. For some of the transcripts the repetition of time stamps which works well in print were mildly irritating and some of the humour icons appeared a little more often than they were probably worth. The ending felt fairly conclusive though it does leave things open for things to continue so the D.O.D.O may not really be extinct just yet.
In summary this is a decent ride and rather more light-hearted then I had expected which probably reflects Galland's influence on Stephenson. Particularly given its length I was happy to spend a credit on it.
28 of 34 people found this review helpful
In the style of all other Neal Stephenson books. By that I mean Interesting ideas, cool bits of detail, a wide mix of characters, and a ending that falls apart.
A good read but no real closure.
The story does not justify the length of this audiobook. Some chapters were just too hard to follow