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.
A really interesting piece of work that requires your undevided attention when listening (so may not be ideal if you are multitasking) due to the complexity of the narrative.
Which brings us to the main con of this particular audiobook... the narrator is terrible. He sounds extremely monotone and disinterested, to a point where it feels like you are listening to a math problems book. It's especially bad at the start when the plot moves at a really slow pace.
This becomes especially evident when compared to the other two books in the series, which are much better narrated.
So yeah, I would suggest you skip the audio version and just get a regular book, it'll be a much better experience.
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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.
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I've read this book a handful of times but had never listened to an audiobook version of it.
Honestly, the story is so vivid in my mind I was a little worried about what a bad narration would do to it. Well, never fear - Robertson Dean does a marvelous job! So it has been a treat listening to the story come alive through my headphones. Great job bringing the story to life.
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.
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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 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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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.