I love audio books, but the performance in this book is atrocious. The narrator drones on and on, giving no personality to the text. I know this is because of the cyberpunk detachment they're trying to capture, but it does not make the book fun to listen to. Get the physical copy and read it yourself.
I've read the book before but was interested in hearing it voiced and it was done wonderfully, this is one of my all time favorite books and it's easy to get lost in the readers voice.
I give the book 4 stars because while it is a very important work, I'm rating not just on the quality, but the potential enjoyment of readers as well, and the inherent cynicism and intermittent unfocused scenes won't appeal to all readers.
Additionally, the afterword is--interesting. I'm 43 as of the time of this review, and have lived in the shadow of Gibson's work for a long time. It is important for predicting the direction society might be going, and does this in a manner that doesn't become so apocalyptic that what could happen doesn't appear to be impossible or removed from the present day. He is a very skilled writer that wrote a very important work that did an exceptional job of synthesizing multiple cultural trends.
If you stick around for the afterword, however, you will find out that not only are Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Gene Roddenberry hacks, but that science fiction has no business every being optimistic, and that Gibson didn't just do an amazing job of reading trends, but actually predestined the internet and multi-national corporations just be being the best writer to ever walk the face of the Earth.
Additionally, he should be proud that he did this, because the world sucks anyway, so it only matters that you do something great and world changing, not that you do anything positive in life, because optimism is a fool's game.
If anything, the afterword marks Gibson as one of the clear inspirations for the modern day internet Troll Culture, where you can't show that you care about anything, have to be relentlessly cynical at all times, you always predict the worst, and you point and laugh when the worst actually happens, because why attempt to make the world any better.
Read the book. Skip the afterword.
I love this book. I've read it at least three times before taking a listen to it on audible.
The problem with this audible book is ine and only - the choice of narrator. He's not bad or untallented, just not the right choice.
Taking a book with almost half the dialog being that of a woman and givving it to someone with such a bass voice.
If you are sensative to the voice acting in audio books, I would not recomend this title. Otherswise, don't think twice. It's a great book.
Great voice acting. Interesting nuanced characters. Unpredictable and mindbending. Although some descriptions of future now seem dated twenty-plus years later. Hindsight is always 20/20 like that. It's still unbelievable this was written in 1982 (the same Blade Runner hit the silver screen)...Wow!!!
Case and his badass girlfriend, Molly, of course. Their struggle to survive seems real and plausible. Did these two end up being the template for Neo and Trinity? It sure looks like it to me.
His meeting with Deane/Wintermute in the matrix and the beach scene with Linda Lee.
Sure, I'd like to mainline this archetypal cyperpunk novel.
Reviews led to believe this was better then it actually was. Avoid.
I wish I had downloaded another book before getting into a car for 13 hours. Stuck with this one.
I really enjoyed the story, sometimes the transitions are a bit jarring and confusing, but you start getting used to it by the end of the book. Re-reading it would probably reveal a lot of missed details. Still a great read.
This was a great story. Some of those visual cues like the starting of a new paragraph might make this a better read instead of listen as the characters are in one place then they are very suddenly somewhere else. It was at times a tad difficult to follow.