If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
This book, unfortunately, had a lot of hype. To a degree it lived up to it and delivered an unexpected story that made me, a child of the '90's, rethink some of the pop-culture I thought I knew (cough Matrix cough). That being said, I often felt like there was too much going on -- traditional sci-fi, cyberpunk, noir, etc.. -- and for the life of me couldn't shake a feeling of being disconnected from the story. Maybe that's part of the desired ambiance? I think that this is a must-listen if only to provide the appropriate pop-culture base for people who appreciate sci-fi, but, while this is a genre-defining story, keep your expectations reasonable going into it.
After listening to this audiobook it's obvious that Neuromancer has been a source of inspiration to many other creatives in the field. Movies like the Matrix and also every cyberpunk anime in existence have borrowed heavily from this book. If you like those works this is required listening.
However, for all of it's landmark ideas, this book seems poorly written. I haven't read the book so perhaps its just the narration. Of the 30 some audiobooks I have listened to so far, this has by far been the most jarring, disjointed and hard to follow of them all. If you're not into the genre, or the concepts it spawned, I would avoid it.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
Gibson reinvented the science fiction genre novel with his novel Neuromancer. A Verne-pitched, future novel that seems to have amazingly apprehended and captured much of the core and substance of the 21st century. The closest novel in both form and function is Stephenson's Snow Crash, but Gibson wrote this 8 years (an eternity in cyberspace) previous to Snow Crash. Gibson's prose (and clothing-fixation) is sometimes really REALLY annoying, but his style remains difficult to reproduce or replicate. Some writers can temporarily capture the asiangloss of Gibson's sprawl and cyberspace but lack the methgrit of Gibson's haunted prose clutter. Not a perfect SF novel, but still an amazing book.
An educator exploring the wonders of the world.
Console cowboys hold on to your seats. This classic scifi tale takes the reader of a roller coster ride across the sprawl as our protagonists find employment and a second chance. The story is excellent, but the reader's pacing seems off at first, but as the story ramps up, so does his rhythm.
I could not get into this book, even after reading a lot of science fiction. After about an hour I couldn't keep listening. The writing style is more difficult than many other science fiction books that I've read.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
I had a really hard time getting into this novel. The narration was really good but the storyline just didn't grab my attention like I thought it would. I thought I would really like it since I'm a science fiction fan, but perhaps this genre just isn't for me.
A story of a future that never quite made it, littered with the detritus of a past only half remembered. Don't miss this one, its everything we are and nothing we've ever seen.
I have read this book at least 20 times and this was the first time I ever listened to it. At first, it may seem a bit too esoteric for most, but this is an awesome read that anyone should be able to get a handle on. Just read it. I mean... Listen. Until we can all jack in.
Maybe one when he had more writing skill... It reads like a new author that never learned that over explaining the texture of someones cloak and under explaining who this characterr is.. .is confusing to the reader.
Give me reason to keep reading. I feel no attachment to the character. Im in Chapter 5 and I have a good grip on the world but the character has such of a lack of emotion or care for his own well being its like being inside of a head of a crack addict and watching them spiral into the arms of someone who wants to take them for granted. I have to force myself to keep reading hoping to find out why this book was rated so highly.
I want to be clear, he isnt a bad writer.. iv read books from bad writers and this doesnt have any indication of that. Its just he chose writing methods that make the book way to hard for me to enjoy or connect with it. The narrator did say this was his first book. So it makes sense with the style he wrote. Just not for me.. apparently a lot of people love this book so i will force myself to finish it and try to find something I enjoy about it.
I never realized how profoundly the culture if the "cyberspace" generation was inpacted by this book until listening to it and hearing the commentary at the end. Being a 26-yr-old Millenial it was a strange and fascinating experience to have a previously unknown book be so familiar without ever having read it or heard of it before. The ideas and "style" of this work go far beyond its pages, deep into the culture of the world at large.