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Pattern Recognition Audiobook

Pattern Recognition

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.
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Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet.

An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

©2003 William Gibson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Josh 08-10-15
    Josh 08-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting and very unique"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pattern Recognition to be better than the print version?

    I do not have a physical copy but Shelly Frasier has an outstanding performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pattern Recognition?

    I really enjoyed the final act. When you start to see the full picture and the character arc that has been happening this whole time smacks you in the face.


    Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but now intend to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Very unique but also very Gibson. I will need to re-listen or read. I was so caught up in the mystery that I didn't fully understand the story was about Cayce until it was almost over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • an italian in london
    London, UK
    12/19/13
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    "great audiobook"
    Where does Pattern Recognition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am an obsessive WG's reader, and these audiobooks have given me the opportunity to make a totally new experience. having read each of WG's books many times, the audiobook has been a welcome way to renew the experience.
    All of the WG's audiobooks that I have found on Audible are top quality, great recording, great voices, great readers and all unabridged.
    Can only recommend all of them.


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

    absolutely yes! and actually I have already listened to it twice!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Liz... Bristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/24/15
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    "A non - sci-if mystery very well read."

    I chose this book on the basis of liking sci-fi and knowing Neuromancer. It has nothing to do with such works. It's a perfectly good story with plenty mystery. Lots of difficulties in the plot are smoothed over by having the main protagonist work for a company that can arrange anything. The ending was a bit deus ex machina for my liking, but maybe I'm being slightly unfair to Gibson. I now discover that it's part of a series; I shall look into that in case things improve in other volumes.

    Shelley Frasier does an excellent job with the narration, using accents quite a bit, but not resorting to a gruff voice for the male characters. She is a definite plus. A good narrator can't make up for weaknesses in a story, but can make the best of what is there. Frasier surely does that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy Williams
    8/18/15
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    "New age Scifi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Scifi was written like this in the 60's. It takes time to develop the changes in what you think is normal and what normal is for the story. Until you get past all the information which defines the story you can easily find the story boring. Once past the hump of the ground rules, the story just races ahead. it reminded me of Aldiss HotHouse and Delaney Dhalgren which are equally difficult to follow at the begining.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole sequence in Tokyo was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    William Gibson now sits alongside Peter Hamilton as one of the best Sifi maters of the current age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Digirati
    West Midlands UK
    8/5/15
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    "Dreadful ... as it lacks a (compelling) story"
    What would have made Pattern Recognition better?

    I am a keen listener to audiobooks, maybe 70 so far! This sounded OK in the review but having listened to the first 3 hours I am having to return it. Just left me completely cold. Couldn't get into the non existent story.


    What could William Gibson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    a more compelling story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Idoru
    Anglesey
    7/2/15
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    "Awesome, awesome, awesome."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pattern Recognition to be better than the print version?

    This was a very good rendering with very few faults. Very good. Enjoyed it as much as when I read it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Case Pollard of course, but all the characters came across well


    Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Shelly Frasier before but will certainly listen to her again


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Patterns in information, information in patterns


    Any additional comments?

    American readers should check their English pronunciation... Mainwaring is pronounced 'Mannering' for example. Very picky, but there were no other faults

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    6/5/15
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    "What a journey"

    A classic Gibson!
    Great characters in a not so distant dystopia.

    Did not know where this would lead at all and loved every second.

    Great narration too:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N
    5/19/15
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    "Ok. Nothing special"

    It was read well, but the story was written in a way that the action wasn't dramatic and the story line a little convoluted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Ruislip, Miidx, United Kingdom
    5/15/15
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    "Awful reader"

    I'm not sure I understand what the story was about, but it kept me engaged. The reader however was lazy and careless. It was evident this was her first reading of the text and she didn't seem to worry too much about punctuation or pronunciation. It spoiled the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HMPS64
    London, UK
    5/13/15
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    "dull americanised plot"

    did not enjoy storyline. technical in places. monotone audio recording. not entertaining. poor intonation of voice. maybe better if you actually read the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    5/7/15
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    "Needs more research both in performance and story"

    I only finished this because I was a very long car journey. The initial character development creates someone who it is very easy to dislike but by the end you want to be rooting for... I was not. Despite the main character's precise nature there were a number of errors throughout that immediately made me fall out of the story. I can't help but think that with more research this could have been a half decent listen. The story itself didn't grip me which when the main focus of the story (when it gets there) is a mystery is disappointing.
    The performance of the main character was very good and while one of the English accents was surprisingly good for an American the rest were not good... Dick Van Dyke not good. With so many English characters it would have made so much sense to have someone British perform the other characters... or at least someone who would pronounce Bournemouth correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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