I loved this story although I think it fell short as an audio book and I must come back to this and read it as a novel. I missed too much by listening to and the voice was very dull and lifeless. This book had everything I love about a good story though and held my interest until the very end. I loved listening to the technology that reminded me of my teens and how far we've come since the book was published. What was once science fiction back then is now a reality. I love when Authors are knowledgeable enough to include accurate depictions of what our future will be like based on the technology out, Stephenson does this so well.