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Malcolm Hillgartner

38 Hours 35 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

September 2011

Audio Book Summary

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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  • Kristen N.

    I recently found a friend who hasn’t read Neal Stephenson. He asked me to describe his books. I used words like Journey, Swashbuckling, Hilarious, etc. And certainly Reamde was everything I expected. So good. I only wish it was longer. The narrator NAILED the characters perfectly. He’s amazing

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  • Tannen Peterson

    It\'s a very interesting book and I enjoyed it especially since it was 38 hours long. I was able to listen to it the entire month and it was worth it.

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  • Janice S.

    REAMDE is the type of book you regret finishing because you miss your new friends. I especially wanted to write a short review to let people know that you do not have to be a computer expert to enjoy this book. You do not have to be an expert at gaming either. These are an element of the book but the main interest is the story and the characters.

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  • Michael A.

    What an amazing story teller. I was drawn along this journey as it crossed the globe in the real and virtual world. Well written very well read. 5 stars all around...

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