A set of cowboys-Sleuth-writer-brothers head to Chicago to compete in the Worlds Greatest Sleuth competition. A bit corner, the tale grew on me and by...moreA set of cowboys-Sleuth-writer-brothers head to Chicago to compete in the Worlds Greatest Sleuth competition. A bit corner, the tale grew on me and by the end I was hooked. I was not able to predict who the murder.(less)
Not sure why this was in my Library's Hallowe'en display, Ghost = yes, Spooky = no; however, I really quite liked it. A compelling (but not overly emo...moreNot sure why this was in my Library's Hallowe'en display, Ghost = yes, Spooky = no; however, I really quite liked it. A compelling (but not overly emotional) drama about a woman trying to find her self by leaving her old seemingly meaningless life in an attempt to make it in New York City, aided and hindered by the Ghost of an unsuccessful writer inhabiting her apartment dictating to her the impressionist stories he was never able to write. (less)
In an alternate reality, post modern, super inflated, cyber space driven world we find an out of work computer Hacker and brilliant swordsman, Mr. Her...moreIn an alternate reality, post modern, super inflated, cyber space driven world we find an out of work computer Hacker and brilliant swordsman, Mr. Hero Protagonist; with a female teenage punk who couriers by harpooning cars while riding her skate board, Ms. Y.T. Try to survive a world run by mafia and gang owned franchises rather than government (the FBI having become their own franchise), our alternative duo find themselves fighting to save humanity from an ascent virus with a religious past – fighting not only in the physical world, but also in the Metaverse.
Credit must be given to the incredible Jonathan Davis for his fabulous narration of Snow Crash. Each character has depth and individuality, quite a challenge when so many of the characters have varying accents. You have to applaud a voice actor who not only has different accents for Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese, but for each of the multiple characters within those groups! His vocalizations of women are believable, not because of any variations in the pitch but because of their tone and intonation (not to mention the variation between one woman’s voice and another). I frequently come away from books wanting to read more from that author, but this is the first time I have come away from an audio book wanting more from the narrator.
I have it on good authority (my husband, and a librarian student) that audio is the ideal format for Snow Crash. The story is complex and detailed, requiring a large amount of setting and character history. Apparently the book can be very hard to follow, and dry during the longer history lessons, while Jonathan Davis’s voice acting carries you through these sections with clarification and interest. As it was, I still had to rewind the book a few times, just to make sure I understood what was going on (but it was worth it).
I highly recommend the audio telling of Snow Crash, to everyone, even those who are technologically inept. The technological explanations are detailed enough to carry you through the story line, without boring the hacker audience. The story line hits every genre out there and one point or another, so there is something for everyone. (less)