I enjoyed reading Neuromancer as a twenty year old when it first came out. I didn't know if I would still enjoy it twenty years down the road. Well, it's still love! It's obvious to me now that this is noir. it has more in common with The Maltese Falcon than with most sci-fi. It is just the right blend of melodrama, action, mystery, and campiness. I also really like the setting. Having grown up in the 80s, it makes sense to me. I dont know what it would seem like to a current twenty year old.
What is there to say about Neuromancer that hasn't already been said better by someone else? It defined a genre, and so much more. So much of what the internet is has been defined by Gibson's Sprawl books that it's hard to believe none of the terminology therein existed before he wrote it. Any fan of science fiction is morally obligated to read this book.
The reading takes a little getting used to. My husband joked that he sounded like a "computer voice," like the voice that Apple OS "reads" in. Once he gets going, Dean gets a bit easier to listen to, but the voice he uses for Molly is utterly ridiculous. In all fairness, it's probably pretty hard for a man to deliver her lines in any way that does not come off as ridiculous.
Still, I have an abridged audiobook as read by the author, and that is probably the best way to listen to this book. Unfortunately, it's abridged. This reading does make a nice compromise.
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.
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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.
I'm 22 minutes into Part II of this book and I'm lost. I'm just letting the story drone on, thinking at some point I'll be able to figure out what's going on. The plot summary from the Wikipedia page for Neuromancer is much easier to understand and way cooler than the actual book. I can't see what's going on in this book. There's a lot of cool cyberpunky lingo and street slang and great ideas, and I really want to like this book. I'm trying to like it, but I can't stay focused on it, and I can't see anything. I can't visualize the story like a movie in my head the way I can with other novels like Stephen King's The Shining or Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. It's not that Gibson is a bad writer, but the way he writes reminds me of James Joyce's Portrait of an Artist where you're so deep inside the character's head that he doesn't ground you visually. Kind of the same deal here, though you're really not inside his head as much as assuming the protagonist's familiarity of the world around him, except you can't because he's in a strange future world and he doesn't bother explaining what he's seeing or thinking to help ground you. I can't see what's going on. The characters are cold and flat too. When I read the Wikipedia page, Neuromancer sounds like an awesome book that I want to read, but when I try to actually listen to it, I can't pay attention at all. My mind keeps drifting away from the book and I have to try hard to focus on it. I don't think it's the narrator's fault. I think the lingo's cool, but the descriptive imagery is virtually non-existent, the setting skips around from one place to another before you have a chance to figure out what's going on, and the motivations of the characters aren't clear. It's really not that coherent a story, and it's not an easy book to follow. The movie The Matrix borrowed a lot of ideas from this novel, including "The Matrix" itself and the idea of "jacking in" or "jacking out" of the Matrix. If William Gibson wrote his story more clearly, this book would have been the original Matrix movie. But instead, The Wachowski brothers got there first. I'll probably exchange this book for another. I just don't feel like working hard to study a novel the way I have to study a physics textbook. I'll definitely look forward to watching the movie when it comes out in theaters though--producers wouldn't dare make a movie as disjointed and hard to follow as this book.
I knew the book was a cult classic. Started Cyber Punk SciFi. Did not know that the writing style is very abstract. You need to listen carefully. May be a better read. I listen in the car and at times got lost. Overall was able to keep the story line in place. Narration great. I will definitely go onto the next book.
Will need a mental break to recuperate from the mental focus that was needed for Neuromancer. An easy five star though.
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.
Hard to follow storyline. Space gangsters. Good guys - bad guys.