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  • Distrust That Particular Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (58)
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    (51)
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    (52)

    A new compilation of essays and articles from novelist William Gibson, offering listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped our culture.

    Amazon Customer says: "Revelation of a complex mind -- YES"
    "Revelation of a complex mind -- YES"
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    This is a book of essays and speeches compiled from various sources, with Gibson's commentary from today's perspective. It's a fascinating journey into a complex mind that begins to reveal the source material for his novels. As a writer, I'm going to listen to it again (and again), with a notebook in hand. In the NY Times book review, Pagan Kennedy says, "Gibson's writing enters the bloodstream like a drug, producing a mild hallucinogenic effect that lasts for hours." Yes.

    I was less satisfied with the narrator Robertson Dean. I felt that the text called for someone speaking more conversationally. Dean is orotund and begins to sound robotic. I don't know what Gibson himself sounds like, but I wanted it to be him reading and talking to me. Dean doesn't by any means ruin the experience (so get this book!), but it could have been so much more intimate an experience with Gibson himself.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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