I've loved this book for decades. "Neuromancer" is nothing less than a classic, and a story I've enjoyed re-visiting every five years — it's always a new experience. That said, narrator Robertson Dean was utterly wrong for "Neuromancer." His voice is flat and without joy, he clearly does not understand quite a bit of the "lingo" he is reading (and thus puts emphasis on the wrong words, which makes following the dialog a trial), and — most tiresomely — this is yet another clueless dude who just CANNOT deliver dialog for female or non-white characters.Molly Millions, one of the most stone-cold women ever put to print, gets a generic, high-pitched whispery voice with just a hint of a nagging whine. That's right — the narrator thought that a half-cyborg killer should sound like a teenage boy impersonating his little sister. Good news — all the rest of the female characters sound like that, too.Asian characters get an unironic "chingchong"-style Chinese accent. An Armenian character gets a VERY poor Russian accent. The black characters sound like a parody of Beatniks from a Looney Tunes cartoon.I'd love to hear this book re-performed by someone like Jonathan Davis, the narrator of Snow Crash, who gave his characters authentic and unique voices. "Neuromancer" deserves a narrator as good as its story.
The narrator is awful, it is next to impossible to follow the story because of him and is inability to bring the story to life.
No I still love this genre and I will read Neuromancer in print opposed to listening to the audiobook.
Yes he was awful I gave up on the book because I had to keep starting chapters over because I had no clue what was going on in the story.
This purchase made me angry because I wasted money on it. I can't finish the story because the narrator is impossible to follow.
Not a huge sci-fi fan but was curious about this book because many reference it as part of the digital culture "origin story" that spawned things like the Matrix movies and other digital world creation stories. It's impressive that this book was written so long ago and still got so much right about the future. Yes, there's a bunch of tangent story lines and sequels I won't be reading but it's good to know the context behind books like this, which you can only get by reading them. I'd recommend it for that reason alone.
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 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.
Incredible World Building
The entire last third of the book is a constant build, with a satisfying ending, even as some of it is left vague.
The last sentence.
I love science fiction, and I am constantly disappointed in the schleck that gets published, and occasionally even what wins awards. Neuromancer defy's that. If anything, the problem that I had was that I spent most of the listening time lying on my couch so I could focus on the images being created. Its an excellent book.
Oh, and about the cyber punk thing? Gibson may be the father of it, but thats because he created something fantastic and unique, and as is mentioned in the intro, it was then copied poorly by thousands. Don't assume because they were bad that you wont like this.
If you like thrillers, sci-fi, and/or enjoy a book that may make you think, then this is an excellent choice.
The reading is well done.
This book is usually in the top 10's when it comes to books you should read, and have to read. I think it was very well done, and the detail was beyond match. The performance by the narrator strong, and I could 'see' the cities in my mind.
I just don't seem to be able to get down with the cyberpunk crowd. It's not bad, but like Mayonnaise, it just doesn't hold my attention.
Hehe, not listen to Cyberpunk books anymore.
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.
I enjoyed listening to Neuromancer. Mostly for it's historical significance and concepts that are, for the most part, still fresh today. But I find that, in retrospect, Books like Gibson's Pattern Recognition are so much more polished and enjoyable than his earlier work.