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Would you listen to Some Remarks again? Why?
Although I read several of these pieces when they were originally published (FLAG, Slashdot) I've enjoyed revisiting them. Although I loved "Reamde," I don't have time this month to get sucked in for 30 hours, so this collection of shorter pieces is great.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Cummings?
Maybe. This is perhaps not the best material for an audio treatment, and Cummings does a good job, overall. I wish he knew Stephenson's vocabulary better. ASCII is pronounced with an "aye-aye," or, better, as "as-key," and Stephenson and his readers would reflexively cringe, as I did, at "a-ess-see-two." Neal wrote "In The Beginning Was The Command Line;" he knows from 8-bit character encoding and that's one of the things I like best about him. To mispronounce that sort of vocabulary makes the narrator obvious. Like an offensive lineman, a narrator is rarely noticed for good performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not really, since it's a collection of essays best take in discrete chunks.
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I hadn't read much Stephenson outside of his books, many of which I have read (the ones I haven't read make a much shorter list).
This was a good smattering of pieces (well, I anticipate it will be; I've had it in my library for four days and it's half gone already).
My only complaint is that the narrator #FAILs in geek vocab: ASCII is pronounced as-key, not a-es-see-two, and mojo is pronounced moe-joe, not moe-hoe.
You'd think the producer could pick up the phone and ask someone rather than guessing...
The good news is these miscues are rather rare in this book.
If you're a Stephenson fan and sort of know what he's about, this is a good read. If you're a die-hard Stephenson fan and you've read everything you can get your hands on, this might be worth a shot. I am happy I spent my credit on this one.
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