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Interface Audiobook

Interface

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Publisher's Summary

From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation.

In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.

©2005 Neal Stephenson & J. Frederick George (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Thriller/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

What Members Say

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    James Belle Harbor, NY, United States 11-14-11
    James Belle Harbor, NY, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Contrarian"

    Can't agree with the rhapsodic reviews of this book. A slackly written "thriller" with no narrative pulse, its characters disappear for hundreds of pages or drop out of the book altogether without explanation. The set up to the main plot is so leisurely and discursive that it buries all tension and anticipation. When the climatic events are finally presented they are given in such a cursory fashion that I wondered why I had spent the previous 15 hours listening to their preliminaries.

    There are also some real whoppers that make it difficult to suspend belief but those are minor compared to the larger, fatal failure to create a world believable on its own terms. Never for a minute did I believe that this world could exist. The characters were two dimensional puppets moved around for the convenience of the plot or else were so "colorful" that they never became real. Lack of character depth or of a convincing, organic world true to itself can be forgiven in a thriller if the plot is propulsive but all are missing here.

    Some humor, a few interesting ideas, the workmanlike competence of the writing and a talented reader save the book from one star.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 09-30-11
    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story, Narrator needs to do research"

    The story was great, kept my attention and was an interesting topic. One thing drove me crazy. I grew up in central Illinois and Tuscola is pronounced Tus-co’-la, with a short u and a long o. I know this is a small thing, but so are fingernails on blackboards. If you are going to read a book with so many references to a town, please call the city hall and find out how people pronounce the city's name! It really hurt my enjoyment in the book. If you never heard of the town, I am sure you couldn't care less and the book was great.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 09-26-16
    Alex 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gold"

    Don't let the co-author put you off, this is Neal Stephenson gold. I've read almost all his books and this is definitely in the top 5.

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    Jason 06-21-16
    Jason 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Great"

    Horrible compared to Neal's other books. Maybe it was the narrator, I'm not a fan of his voice but this book lacked the content and detail I like about Stephenson's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna United States 05-17-16
    Deanna United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "get the names right!"

    loved the story, but as a native Central Illinoisan, was vexed by incorrect location pronunciations.

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    Mary Fendrick 04-25-16
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    "Must listen during a presidential election year!"

    In a year where polling data runs every news cycle, this is a must read, or better yet, must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Landrum, SC, United States 02-24-16
    John Landrum, SC, United States 02-24-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Timely, Funny, Well Written and Well Performed"
    What made the experience of listening to Interface the most enjoyable?

    This book is a great read and a great commentary on our current political climate without having any overt political or ideological leaning


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sawta 01-15-16
    Sawta 01-15-16
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    "Meh."

    It was alright, but it was much too long for a payoff that left a lot to be desired.

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    Brett Belmont, NC, United States 11-30-15
    Brett Belmont, NC, United States 11-30-15
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    "Love it"

    Despite the fact that you have to suspend disbelief about a good politician coming from Illinois, my home state, this is an excellent book and I have read it several times. I would highly recommend it, and I would highly recommend listening to the audio version of it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Lopez 10-16-15
    R. J. Lopez 10-16-15
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    "Once again, Neal Stephenson nails it!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Interface the most enjoyable?

    Great presentation! Narrator did a super job...


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    His presentation of all the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Another awesome and detail focused story. Neal takes several dissparate story lines and moves them gracefully together as the story is told!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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