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.
I'm a university student.
The world in which the story is set. I really enjoy cyberpunk themes and imagery. The reason I listened to this book is because it is the defining work of the cyberpunk genre.
First of all, the iconic opening line: "The sky above the port was the color of television, turned to a dead channel". One of the most simple and powerful uses of imagery I've ever heard. It immediately sets the tone of the novel and brings you into the story.
But the most memorable scene, for me, was the ending.
Case is visited by Wintermute/Neuromancer in his apartment. The moment is very bittersweet, because the AI shows him what appears to be "digital copies" of Linda (his dead girlfriend) and Case himself, their consciousnesses living together in the matrix. Then, the last line of the book: "He never saw Molly again."
He did a good job of varying his voice for the different characters.
No, it took me a while to get through this book. It was hard to listen to for more than an hour at a time because the plot is very complicated and it takes a lot of concentration in order to understand what is going on.
I hesitate to recommend the audio version of this book. The author invented many slang terms for use in the book, and this makes it hard to follow the story closely. For example, when characters first mentioned "breaking the ice" I thought they were referring to socializing. It took me a while to realize that "ice" is slang for firewalls, and so "breaking the ice" means hacking into servers. I feel that it would be easier to keep up with the strange dialogue if I were reading it instead of listening. There were times when I actually had no idea what was going on and I needed to rewind and listen to some parts multiple times.
Read the book before, awesome. The audiobook gripped me even more because of the well executed read. Gibson, still amazing after all these years.
I have read this book at least 20 times and this was the first time I ever listened to it. At first, it may seem a bit too esoteric for most, but this is an awesome read that anyone should be able to get a handle on. Just read it. I mean... Listen. Until we can all jack in.
Surreal, Powerful, and Intense
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"
I found this was a book that I wanted to divide into different sittings, just so I could absorb the story.
Well performed, but a lot to absorb. would have preferred to be able to flip back at points, hard to do on an audiobook.
This book is well written and the narration is pretty good as well. While it can seem a bit dated at times the story holds true to some of our fears about the future and nature of reality. While I do feel that the technical jargon was a bit much at times, forced even, it didn't detract from the story. If your a fan of this genre, this is a must - listen for sure. You can hear the modern versions throughout the story. I don't think it's a five star but I'd give it a 4.5 for sure.
A friend of mine has been on me for years to read or listen to this book. He was not wrong about me enjoying this story immensely. There is something about science fiction in general that works emotions in a different way, as if the story is the character and the characters are the emotions or mode of being.
My only hiccup in all that I find fascinating about this novel is the language. While it definitely gives the setting a specific feel, it's very confusing to try and translate what's going on sometimes.