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.
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.
"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
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.
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.
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.
Not written it!
The narrator did a great job, the book was just bad.
This book was so hard to follow along with. You are expected to know a lot about science fiction going into it. It doesn't have much of a plot and was extremely confusing. I had to read it for a Sci Fi Lit class, granted that's not the genre I enjoy, but this was the worst of the 6 books we had to read. We read Brave New World, Frankenstein, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, 1984, and The Handmaid's Tale. I would recommend any of those over this book. I can only think of one book I have ever read that was as bad as this one!
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
There are times when I would compare the author to Jules Verne. So many of the concepts in this one book can be seen in our contemporary books and society. As gritty as the book is...it is a game changer for all.
This story was great! It just seemed like the narrator couldn't do female voices well. Also, the paragraph break pauses weren't as long as other audiobooks, making the scene changes harder to follow.
Wow, this book has just become one of my all time favorites. I plan to listen to it or read it again. I'm only just now getting more into Sci-Fi, but I was not only impressed by the vision of the future as Gibson saw it in 1983, but the vibe he conveys and how interesting and suspenseful the story is. In the forward Gibson mentions similarities with Blade Runner, with it's murky, misty China town portrayal, and though the vibe is similar and it deals with similar themes, Neuromancer's story and characters are leagues better. The story proceeds like a mystery with each unrevealing blowing your mind, and you can't wait to figure out what happens next.
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
I like a book you have to pay attention to if you want to "get it" - I've seen this book on "books I should read list" for a long time and I am unfortunately left more frustrated then satisfied. The use of multiple names for each if multiple characters, the use of futuristic terms without enough contexts, and the constant switching between cyberspace, drug induced illusions, and reality were just annoying, not clever as intended. Having just read Blade Runner and read all of Asimov and Bradbury, I think this story just pails in comparison, gets seriously off track 2 or 3 times, and just left me wanting to done as soon as possible.