I can't believe I listened to 4 hours of this book before I decided that it was a waste of time and money. I got tired of keeping track of what the main character was trying to accomplish. Save your book credit for something better than this
Some cyberfiction, some critique of marketing and branding, some treasure hunt. This is better than Gibson's earlier books (some of which are good). This is Asimov plus McLuhan plus LeCarre.
The reader is also very good, giving distinct characterizations to a number of people and, sometimes, making it possible to tell if the dialogue is spoken or typed. Her voice is good to listen to. (I do wish that someone had told her how to pronounce some of the non-American words; it's distracting to hear them mangled. But that's a small thing.)
William Gibson's fame came from futuristic cyberpunk stories, but he shows in his recent novels that he can cross over to the present day without a hitch. I was worried that his prose might be hard to get in audiobook format (In reading some of his other novels, I found that I needed to frequently go back to put together the disjointed but evocative images in his writing) but this flowed well. I liked the characters and enjoyed the plot. It is by far not the best book I've read this year, but it was immensely enjoyable in its own right.
I would definately purchase more William Gibson audiobooks if they were available here!
When I purchase an audio book I look forward to listening to each and every minute. Well I made it into over 3 hours and feel like this is by far the worst book I have downloaded in three years. If you enjoy listening to "cute" usage of big words, you might like this, otherwise don't waste your money. I will remove the remaining book from the player and move on to something I really enjoy.
What a wonderful story. I've read everything he has written and I love his style. I was entranced by this story right until the end. The last few chapters seem to have been thrown together at the last minute like he didn't have time to finish it. Was he working toward a deadline or did he just have no idea how to put the ending together. Oh well. Still a great page turner. Talk about anti-climactic!
Really enjoyed his earlier stuff but this was a snoozer. Probably should have been a short story. A few interesting ideas, but the international-blase-disjointedly hip gestalt left me mildly depressed and sorry I'd slogged through all the way to the end. And puh-leeeze....a techie-chick w/ such an aversion to logos that she gets the hives when exposed to a nike-swoosh and has the branding filed off the buttons of her levis? By trying to be totally up-to-date in geekspeak, it sounds dated (talking about googling someone & hotmail accounts...not the stuff of Neuromancer for sure). But I'm too stupid to cut my losses once I get started on a book...any book...so it's my own damn fault. The early signs were there.
I read the conflicting reviews on this one and sure enough it turned out to be awful. Disconnected gibberish, invented words and generally does not go anywhere, and not satisfying when it winds up in Russia for some reason that was never too clear. I'll be sure to avoid this writer in the future. Waste of a credit.
This is the worst book of fiction I've rented from Audible in over 1 year of membership. Boring. Doesn't engage the listener.Too wordy, the whole story could have been told in1/4 the space.
I loved this intricate tale. William Gibson's knowledge of seemingly everthing is breathtaking. He weaves a subtle and complex tale that intricately weaves together wide-ranging trends in high-technology, fashion, marketing, and the new globabl economy. If you are interested in any of these topics, I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
Pattern Recognition has made me take action, both by dumping it off my computer and writing this short review. "There's nothing more inconvenient than an old queen with a head cold", but this story blows right by that. It critiques its cars, food, television, its shoes, your shoes, and makes fodder of the characters. It does everything but contrive a story in the two miserable hours that I listened to it. Listener beware!!