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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.
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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.

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

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    Steve1290 05-22-15
    Steve1290 05-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Maybe the schizophrenics are right"

    The authors accuracy with regard to the neurological details, clinical manifestations and Neuroanatomy were excellent.

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    Kevin AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-31-15
    Kevin AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nope"

    Worst Stephenson bock I've read/listened too. Bad outdated story and terrible voice acting, especially for the female characters. sye ogle was the only character done well.

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    Amazon Customer 12-26-14
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    "Long, convoluted plot"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had quite a number of characters and agendas. The author did a great job of reminding me of each character when I hadn't heard about him/her in awhile. The story became more compelling as it progressed. I would even use the word "amazing"to describe my feeling about how Stephenson managed to funnel all these players into one big story.

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    That Ain't Working Flower Mound, TX 12-23-14
    That Ain't Working Flower Mound, TX 12-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not his best, but still really good."

    i have liked everything i have ever read by Neal Stephenson so i thought I would try some of his earlier works. I was not disappointed. While this isn't his best it is still really good.

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    Michael CANBERRA CITY, Australia 11-15-13
    Michael CANBERRA CITY, Australia 11-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Superlative Listening Experience"
    Any additional comments?

    Initially this book appeared to go into an inordinate level of detail over what appeared, at first blush, to be the merely trivial and unimportant. Thus the movement of the storyline appeared almost frustratingly slow. Then, as I adjusted to its pace I began to realise that the author was providing this detail for very clever reasons as he slowly unfurled what was to become and immensely complex, rich and rewarding tale. In the end, it was an exquisitely well-crafted and absorbing book and I could not speak highly enough of the narrator. He narrated the background story line beautifully and, almost as importantly, delivered magnificent characterisations, moving effortlessly between the voices of the very different characters as be bought them all to life. A very enjoyable work from masters of their crafts.

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    Jan Cibulka Brno, Czech Republic 07-04-13
    Jan Cibulka Brno, Czech Republic 07-04-13 Member Since 2015

    Cussler, Connelly, Clancy I like all with a C ...

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    "Brilliant!"

    I love Neal Stephenson and this may be his best book I have listened to.
    It is not be so convoluted like Cryptonomicon and Baroque trilogy (loved all of these tremendously) and may have some parallels with the Diamond age.
    For me this is the essence of all I love about N.Stephenson's books

    Great timing, ballanced ... Great!

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    Daniel 12-09-12
    Daniel 12-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A bit to real"

    The authors nailed the last campaign and presented an interesting alternative way it could have gone. A little scary even. I enjoyed the story but it seemed like it was written in the 90's, given the technology level presented, but then dusted off and updated for the current political climate. Regardless, it worked pretty well.
    Can't say enough for the narrator. There are a lot of diverse characters in this story, gender, race, class, nationalities, etc.. He manages to bring them all to life and keep the story moving.

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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-23-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Intriquing Concept"

    This book will entertain just about everyone. It's intriguing, presents some not often thought of ideas, has a great deal of humor and while touching on political aspirations, the subject is not heavy or cumbersome.

    A politician high on the political list for a presidential run suffers a debilitating stroke. At the same time, medical research contemplates the ability to take over under active or inactive parts of the brain and provide the missing instructions. Tests are being done somewhat successfully on baboons.

    The overall story follows several story lines that eventually come together. The medical research, the political dreams of several characters, a homeless woman looking for work and the ability to provide for her children when her husband takes the "easy" way out, an aspiring neurologist and a family with a loyal family lawyer who sometimes runs afoul of others expectations.

    All together the listener is left with some interesting ideas of just how far some will go to control the will of any nation through political means.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the unabridged version and was entertained for many hours.

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    Hunter heber, UT, United States 10-28-12
    Hunter heber, UT, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good narration, OK story"

    Not the most gripping book ever, but the story was interesting enough and the ending was unexpected. Not you typical 'good guy always wins' story.

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    Mark Washington D.C. 10-23-12
    Mark Washington D.C. 10-23-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Politics for people who don't know politics"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Morons.


    What could Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    How about creating a plausible plot. I'm not even talking about the sci-fi aspect of a human-computer interface. I'm talking about the incredibly stupid series of events that results in a bag lady becoming a vice presidential candidate. This is just moronic. And I'm not sure which one of them is responsible for excess of ridiculous similes, but I could do without those too. Are they being paid by the metaphor?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Neal Stephenson usually has the capacity to create a compelling read around some feature of new technology or hook. That was the interface. The problem is it was applied to the most ridiculous political thriller ever.


    Any additional comments?

    Uggh. Disappointing. Worse I didn't return it in time to get my credit back.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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