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Snow Crash

Auteur(s): Neal Stephenson
Narrateur(s): Jonathan Davis
Durée: 17 h et 3 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (156 évaluations)

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Description

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.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"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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  • Ben
  • 2018-09-13

Sci-Fi Done Right

Enter the world of Snow Crash, set in a futuristic, corporate controlled America, complete with the metaverse, robotic guard dogs, and one hell of a pizza delivery service.

Snow Crash was a great read, very interesting plot and original setting and continually provides both absurd and insightful ideas. If you like Sci-fi, I highly recommend it.

P.S. #Audible1 for those sweet prizes, but legit, read this.

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A cyberpunk tale for the ages.

Only drawback is the varying sound quality, it will swap between high, low, and medium abruptly throughout most chapters.

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Rambling and incoherent

The author wanders through a random collection of thoughts with no real connection to each other. These may tie together later, but the mix of excruciating detail of a pizza delivery car, the musings of a robot dog and some bad k-pop lyrics don't draw me in enough that I want to find out.

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A scary and not-so-impossible future

The world and setup is amazing, I could listen to a whole book just describing this bizarre but totally believable alternate universe. At times the story can be a bit dense for an audiobook, could probably get a lot out of reading a hardcopy version now. The extra sound effects were unnecessary and didn't make any sense until almost half way through. Narration was good, character voices were consistent and entertaining, but not really necessary.

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Cyberpunkiest

The audio quality changes from time to time, but the narrator does a great job setting the tone for the material. The book has large information dumps in a few spots, and an abrupt ending, but it's great fun.

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Highly engaging and entertaining.

Well done. Written a while ago but still relevant. Highly recommended if you enjoy scifi tech novels with a nice blend of "hacker" or Cyber punk, subtle humour and commentary on religion, government and society.

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Amazing and weird funny story

A little hard to follow on place but otherwise awesome! I highly recommend giving it a read/listen of you have the time

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I really love it!

The first book I read from Stephenson and the first I've heard, too.
The narrator does the story justice.

Absolutely recommended for everyone who loves Gibson.

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Painful listening

Trying to describe action scenes in painful details does not work. Leave it to the movie screen Mr Stephenson.

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should've just been an essay.

Fun for those momments when you see what people from the past thought the future would be like, but with so many excruciatingly long stretches of theological conspiracy theory it's a pain to get through.

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  • SL
  • 2018-09-26

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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  • A. Tuck
  • 2008-10-16

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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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brent
  • BOISE, ID, USA
  • 2003-02-05

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

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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  • Tony
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • 2003-03-09

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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  • k teed
  • ibillinsly@gmail
  • 2017-11-30

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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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 2011-10-03

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
  • Chicago
  • 2014-05-11

Great Story, Terrible Audio Quality

Any additional comments?

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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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • Bristol, N/A, United Kingdom
  • 2003-01-16

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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Vic
  • Calhoun, GA, USA
  • 2003-03-18

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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Danny
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 2002-12-24

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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