Buy Used
£24.23
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Nearfine
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: A good reading copy. May contain markings or be a withdrawn library copy. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Reamde MP3 CD – Audiobook, 20 Sep 2011

3.7 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
MP3 CD, Audiobook, 20 Sep 2011
£54.95 £24.23
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (20 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455830410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455830411
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

Product Description

Review

"Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, and--for the first time since "Cryptonomicon"--a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader....With REAMDE we have a very smart page-turner--a global chess game expertly played."--Mental_Floss on REAMDE

"Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story."--Publishers Weekly on REAMDE

"Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written."--Boston Globe on REAMDE

"Even at a thousand pages, Reamde is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself, and, refreshingly, it does so without employing the annoying modern thriller trend of rat-a-tat sprays of two-page chapters."--Stranger magazine on REAMDE

"REAMDE combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure."--The Guardian on REAMDE

"REAMDE is...one big, carefully choreographed, jet-set square-dance of mayhem."--Bloomberg News

"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 on REAMDE

"[Stephenson] makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin."--International Herald Tribune on REAMDE

"Stephenson's REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller...a triumph, all 980 pages of it."--Cory Doctorow, boingboing.com

"Stephenson somehow makes his crazy setup entirely plausible and tons of fun."--Knoxville News-Sentinel on REAMDE

"It's hard to sum up a 1,000 page tome in a short review, so if you don't feel like reading this rather long one, I'll boil it down to three words: I loved it."--Tor.com on REAMDE

"Stephenson, best-known for his genre-hopping novels, tackles tech-terrorism in Reamde."--OakPark.Patch.com

"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 on REAMDE

""Reamde" is an entertainment, an emormous, 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 on REAMDE

"Nobody else writes like Stephenson"--Press Association (England) on REAMDE

"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 Book World

"After a decade of novels set in 18th century Europe and in alternate universes, Neal Stephenson triumphantly returns as a bestselling author to contemporary America."--www.fantasyliterature.com

"[REAMDE] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year, a book with the rare distinction of being one this reviewer wishes he had written."--Irish Examiner on REAMDE

"Sometimes when you're reading Neal Stepheson, he doesn't just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only" one."--Lev Grossman, Time magazine

"[A] rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism. "--Sunday Times (London) on REAMDE

"Sometimes when you're reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn't just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only" one."--Lev Grossman, Time magazine

""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 on REAMDE

"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 statisfying mayhem."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on REAMDE

"Even at a thousand pages, "Reamde" is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself....[A]n addicitve reading experience. You don't so much read the book as tear whole hundred-page chunk out of it with your eyes."--Stranger magazine on REAMDE

Stephenson s REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller...a triumph, all 980 pages of it. --Cory Doctorow, boingboing.com"

Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story. --Publishers Weekly on REAMDE"

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 Book World"

Nobody else writes like Stephenson --Press Association (England) on REAMDE"

Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, andfor the first time since "Cryptonomicon"a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader....With REAMDE we have a very smart page-turnera global chess game expertly played. --Mental_Floss on REAMDE"

REAMDE is...one big, carefully choreographed, jet-set square-dance of mayhem. --Bloomberg News"

Sometimes when you re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only" one. --Lev Grossman, Time magazine"

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 on REAMDE"

[Stephenson] makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin. --International Herald Tribune on REAMDE"

"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 on REAMDE"

Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written. --Boston Globe on REAMDE"

Even at a thousand pages, "Reamde" is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself. [A]n addicitve reading experience. You don t so much read the book as tear whole hundred-page chunk out of it with your eyes. --Stranger magazine on REAMDE"

It s hard to sum up a 1,000 page tome in a short review, so if you don t feel like reading this rather long one, I ll boil it down to three words: I loved it. --Tor.com on REAMDE"

After a decade of novels set in 18th century Europe and in alternate universes, Neal Stephenson triumphantly returns as a bestselling author to contemporary America. --www.fantasyliterature.com"

Stephenson, best-known for his genre-hopping novels, tackles tech-terrorism in Reamde. --OakPark.Patch.com"

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 on REAMDE"

REAMDE combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure. --The Guardian on REAMDE"

Stephenson somehow makes his crazy setup entirely plausible and tons of fun. --Knoxville News-Sentinel on REAMDE"

[REAMDE] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year, a book with the rare distinction of being one this reviewer wishes he had written. --Irish Examiner on REAMDE"

[A] rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism. --Sunday Times (London) on REAMDE"

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 statisfying mayhem. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on REAMDE"

Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, and for the first time since "Cryptonomicon" a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader....With REAMDE we have a very smart page-turner a global chess game expertly played. --Mental_Floss on REAMDE" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

From the extraordinary Neal Stephenson comes an epic adventure that spans entire worlds, both real and virtual.

The black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, former draft dodger and successful marijuana smuggler Richard Forthrast amassed a small fortune over the years and then increased it a thousandfold when he created T'Rain. A massive, multibillion-dollar, multiplayer online role-playing game, T'Rain now has millions of obsessed fans from the U.S. to China. But a small group of ingenious Asian hackers has just unleashed Reamde a virus that encrypts all of a player's electronic files and holds them for ransom which has unwittingly triggered a war that's creating chaos not only in the virtual universe but in the real one as well. Its repercussions will be felt all around the globe setting in motion a devastating series of events involving Russian mobsters, computer geeks, secret agents, and Islamic terrorists with Forthrast standing at ground zero and his loved ones caught in the crossfire." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This for me was a 5 star book for the first 600 pages, 4-star for the next 200 pages, and then the last part rapidly degenerated into a confoundingly drawn out and highly improbable non-stop action finale, with ridiculous amounts of unnecessary and uninteresting details, as all the book's heroes and villains managed, miraculously, to converge from all over the world onto one spot where they could fight it out amongst themselves (and others) whilst endlessly scrambling up and down mountain paths in a cloud of bullets and blood.

And yet the first section of the book is a finely balanced and well-paced thriller. Inspiring stuff that had me staying up into the small hours not just reading but also investigating Google maps in order to find out more about some of the areas Stephenson was describing in the story.

Such a pity that an otherwise great read became a long drawn out struggle to finish the book - I found myself "speed-reading" through the final 50 or so interminable pages of tiresome forest combat in order to reach the predictable happy ending and move on to something better to read. I only wish I had paid a bit more attention to some of the other reviews here before choosing this particular book as an introduction to Neal Stephenson.
3 Comments 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Like most people who have worked a lot with computers, I immediately saw the title of Neal Stephenson's book Reamde as a variant on 'Readme' - as indeed it is. I've really enjoyed his science fiction work like Cryptonomicon and Anathem before, and have even managed to overcome my loathing of extremely long books, as in these works Stephenson is not indulging in drivel, but really fills them with content. However, Reamde has left me with very mixed feelings.

I loved the plot segment that the book's title refers to. Reamde is a virus that takes computers hostage, linked to a massive multiplayer online game called T'rain, which was created as a way of using the virtual coinage inside the game for far more than simply buying a new sword. If you are interested in computer gaming, the parts of the story that revolve around the game are brilliant - as is the twist of the virus resulting in an organised crime gang trying to track down its creator.

However, this only accounts for around 1/4 of the 1,000 plus pages, and I was far less happy with the rest. Firstly, while the multiplayer game storyline is borderline SF, the rest is just a straightforward action thriller with good guys versus evil jihadists. This mostly consists of two huge set piece battle sections, each lasting several hundred pages. I'm not particularly interested in this kind of storyline, which despite being page turning in its intensity at the peaks had a lot of dull troughs. It didn't help that where previously Stephenson's expansive writing was a result of having lots of content, in the battles it really did feel like there was far too much padding and I found myself skipping whole pages at a time to get to something happening. I'm afraid he has strayed into late J. K.
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The Forthrast Family - A typical American family? Probably not. Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, ex-small time drug runner, haunted by the Furious Muses (echoes of his previous girlfriends), now the owner of T'Rain, the world's most successful online game; his younger brother Jacob "Jake" Forthrast, a born again Christian and Survivalist; his elder brother John Forthrast, Vietnam veteran with two high-tech artificial legs; his sister Patricia, killed by a bolt of lightning, and his adopted niece Zula Forthrast who walked to Sudan from Eritrea to escape a war.

Normal they might not be, but when Zula is kidnapped by the Russian Mafia after her boyfriend failed to deliver on a dodgy deal, they react as any family would and pull together to try and find a way to rescue her.

This book is enormous! It is 1000 pages long and none of that is filler. What this length of story delivers is a tremendous and detailed back story for all of the vast array of characters, from the Forthrast family, to Abdullah Jones, the enigmatic Welsh Jihadist, to Marlon, a Chinese gold farmer turned virus writer and many many more.

This book is also a very American story. The Forthrast family may not be an ordinary family, and even though a lot of unusual things happen to them, these events are often contrasted with the more ordinary side of American life, including things like shopping at Walmart, RVs, Starbucks, family reunions, Thanksgiving, gunshops etc. At some points in the story I felt I saw some flashes of the writing of that master of the bizarre American story, Thomas Pynchon - but in a much more accessible and readable form.
Read more ›
Comment 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As with all of Neal Stepehnson's novels from Cryptonomicon onwards, this book deserved to experience better editing than it received. Overly long, and sprawling across continents, seemingly disparate story lines slowly converge before a dramatic denouement in which the 'good guys' are assisted by some remarkable coincidences which would have been acceptable in a Dickens serial, but feel overworked and an attempt to get the plot over the line in a modern work of fiction. Character development is fairly non-existent, from the capable young woman to the hard-bitten, former special forces soldier, any one character from this novel can easily be cut out from one of Stephenson's other more recent works and transplanted with a mere name change to this one. Read and enjoy if you would like more of the same, but avoid if you'd like something different from a formerly very original author.
Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback