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Published by Audible Studios on 07/30/2001
Genres: Science Fiction
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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.
This is a classic Sci Fi tale about the future where a virus, both physical and virtual is attacking people. A hacker named Hero and a courier named YT team up together to try to figure out what is going on. I’m sure at the time the future was very inspired and imaginative, but it doesn’t quite age too well. It basically is what someone living in the 1980’s would have imagined the future to be, and you’ll be somewhat pulled out of the immersion every time you hear about a fax, walkman, etc. I suppose if you think of it as an alternate universe its more palatable. There are a few parts of it that are still future enough, like virtual reality or a dystopia run by corporations. The story itself is pretty entertaining, and does have some unique ideas (such as our brain stems being programmed with a common ancestral language from Sumeria). The villains are rather one-dimensional and somewhat disappointing at times, and there really isn’t much depth to the relationship between Hero and YT. Still well worth a listen though.
The narrator did a fairly good job, but the recording quality is rather muddy and probably because it seems to be an early Audible release.