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3.00012055455093 out of 53.00012055455093 out of 53.00012055455093 out of 53.00012055455093 out of 53.00012055455093 out of 5 3.00 (16,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Stephenson Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781455830428
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In 1972, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, fled to the mountains of British Columbia to avoid the draft. A skilled hunting guide, he eventually amassed a fortune by smuggling marijuana across the border between Canada and Idaho. As the years passed, Richard went straight and returned to the States after the U.S. government granted amnesty to draft dodgers. He parlayed his wealth into an empire and developed a remote resort in which he lives. He also created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game with millions of fans around the world.

But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe—and Richard is at ground zero.

Racing around the globe from the Pacific Northwest to China to the wilds of northern Idaho and points in between, Reamde is a swift-paced thriller that traverses worlds virtual and real. Filled with unexpected twists and turns in which unforgettable villains and unlikely heroes face off in a battle for survival, it is a brilliant refraction of the twenty-first century, from the global war on terror to social media, computer hackers to mobsters, entrepreneurs to religious fundamentalists. Above all, Reamde is an enthralling human story—an entertaining and epic page-turner from the extraordinary Neal Stephenson.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[Reamde] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year.”

    Irish Examiner

  • Reamde combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A story that, despite its gargantuan heft, speeds along like a bullet train…The depth of the story, the attention to detail, the interlocking narratives, and fine characterizations mark Reamde as an immersive literary experience.”

    Pittsburgh Tribune

  • “Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written.”

    Boston Globe

  • Reamde is an entertainment, an enormous, giddily complex one. There’s no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now’s the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Stephenson…delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller…Who’ll prevail? We don’t know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson’s knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “There’s an intellectual pill buried deep in Mr. Stephenson’s narrative candy, one powerful enough that he deserves to be classified as a major national and international resource.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In less masterful hands, this pile-up of implausible coincidences, madcap romance, technological mayhem, and nail-biting suspense might have been a train wreck, but Stephenson pulls it off. Reamde has one of the most satisfyingly over-the-top endings of anything I’ve read in years.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction: Thrillers
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, September 2011
  • A 2012 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland Elferink | 2/16/2014

    " Another great novel from Neal and again, quite a different storyline to his past novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Booth | 1/29/2014

    " Just finished Reamde. 1,042 pages of fantastic fiction. Why oh why hasn't this been made into a film? If you want computer geekery, shootemup adventure, spy thriller, or anti-terror tales they are all in this book. Go out and buy it now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gert-Jan | 1/16/2014

    " This one started off in a very promising way. But, ultimately, I was disappointed, because there was no real depth to the story. Definitely not as good as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age or the Baroque Cycle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabina Gellrich | 12/31/2013

    " big action romp. I would have liked it better had I been more interested in on-line gaming and hackers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Moffa | 12/21/2013

    " Great romp. Worthy cousin of Snow Crash. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven P. | 12/18/2013

    " An engaging story, good characters. The heft of Stephenson books always makes me wonder whether I can afford to invest the time reading them, and while I enjoyed this one (not as much as Cryptonomicon, but more than the trilogy) I would have enjoyed it more if it were cut back some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 12/10/2013

    " A fun action thriller set in the present day. Think of it as a well written Dan Brown novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Keane | 11/12/2013

    " What a fun book! It's like if "War and Peace" was a thriller. There's really nothing in here that's extremely remarkable, but it is a wholly engrossing and original thriller and you really come to like, or even love, the characters. Popular fiction of the first order, and fun for a long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/23/2013

    " very well plotted, but the ending was too obvioius. it is a great book and the way he puts the pieces together is fun to watch, but there were no surprises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan Groll | 4/28/2013

    " Had much greater hopes for this one at first. But after 1000 pages there were too many moments where this book simply felt turgid. It was trying to be too many things, role playing adventure, spy book, action book, thriller and high-tech story all rolled into one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Behlen | 3/11/2013

    " This was good as a generic thriller, but I was really expecting more from Stephenson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Gorton | 2/13/2013

    " I must say at this point, almost 70% in, that I'm getting a bit winded, taking a bit of a break, going to absorb some Hemingway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/26/2013

    " I LOVED this book. It's a huge and brainy (dictionary app was constantly open) tech geek manifesto but also a fast-paced action movie in novel form. So much fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 1/9/2013

    " Started out slow but picked up speed in the second half. Not really too sci-fi in the (negative) way I think of that term - it's mostly a thriller based in the near future with a plot that revolves around a MMORPG. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/4/2013

    " Half nerdy examination of the economics of money in warcraft-esque video games, half crazy international spy thriller. LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Wolf | 12/9/2012

    " I loved it. I've read some bad reviews, and I don't agree with them. Simple as that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciprian | 10/18/2012

    " A thriller written by a geek :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 3/23/2012

    " Neal Stephenson's book tend to be daunting when you first pick them up, but you should, by no means, pass them by. Reamde was excellent, cover to cover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgediablo | 2/8/2012

    " This book felt like it would never end. I was surprised with how often I was surprised by where the book went. It was quite the journey... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Prochnow | 12/18/2011

    " Overall I enjoyed it but it was so long that by the time I finished it, I was just glad to be done. In the era of the kindle, it is demoralizing when you read for 50 pages and knock out 4-5% of the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 11/8/2011

    " Great Book. Stephenson continues to be one of the best authors writing today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 11/7/2011

    " Yes. It's that good. Warning: You may stay awake at night & get fired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 11/7/2011

    " Jihadis, the Russian Mafia, MI6, American survivalists, and Chinese goldfarmers, and a hefty dose of Cyrptonomicon-esque discourse on MMORPGS and virtual currency.

    Well worth the price of admission. I've missed this guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amy | 11/6/2011

    " Long, detailed, interesting every minute. Did I say detailed? And worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davin | 11/6/2011

    " I think I liked the first half better than the second half, but still a remarkably brisk 1044 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serene | 11/4/2011

    " i am a neal stephenson fan i cannot lie, but this was kind of a throwback to the zodiac days. very action-heavy. and the t'rain WOR, which i thought would've been a bigger component, was just a supplement to feed the action movie. i'm just not that into firearms. so i'm not *that* into reamde. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/3/2011

    " Not Stephenson's best by a long shot, but enough to keep me reading. I guess Anathem is tough even for him to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jphgator | 11/3/2011

    " Action packed. Quite different from his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 11/1/2011

    " Just okay. This is more in the realm of ZODIAC than his more recent and more convoluted novels. I think that works less well at the length of this book; I suspect a good 30% of it could have been excised and it would have been a better book without any real loss in detail or quality. "

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About the Author
Author Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an actor, author, playwright, and professional narrator. Under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and his wife, Jahnna Beecham, have written over one hundred books for young readers; their musicals have played in theaters across America. His audiobook credits include works by Dean Koontz, Nelson Algren, and William F. Buckley Jr.