Not enough romance, or excitement, or turmoil… okay this is the comings and goings of her life isn’t that odd… so what? I know the next book is about...moreNot enough romance, or excitement, or turmoil… okay this is the comings and goings of her life isn’t that odd… so what? I know the next book is about Joseph, and that may actually be intereseting.(less)
The Shipping News is a heart warming story about an emotionally wounded New York Man starting a new life in Newfoundland with his two daughters and au...moreThe Shipping News is a heart warming story about an emotionally wounded New York Man starting a new life in Newfoundland with his two daughters and aunt, learning that failures in life hardly equate to a failed life.
The language is lovely, and the characters are fascinating. Proulx does a wonderful job providing enough information about fishing and boats to allow a prairie reader to understand life in a small fishing town, while keeping the novel from becoming a textbook. (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)