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All Tomorrow's Parties | [William Gibson]

All Tomorrow's Parties

Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.
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Publisher's Summary

Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. A stint as a security man in an all-night Los Angeles convenience store has convinced him his career is going nowhere, but his friend, Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world, and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

William Gibson's new novel, set in the soon-to-be-fact world of Virtual Light and Idoru, completes a stunning, brilliantly imagined trilogy about the post-Net world.

©2003 William Gibson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Laura winston salem, NC, United States 04-22-11
    Laura winston salem, NC, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth several listenings."

    Very densely and artfully written. I listened to it multiple times, sometimes as a cure for insomnia. I would not recommend it for commutes as it is too low-key for that. I loved the conception of living on Golden Gate Bridge, but never would have hung in there, due to nebulous plotting, if it had not been for the relaxing and yet entertaining reading of Jonathan Davis. His reading of Rydell was particularly amusing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki In Crete Chania, Greece 10-21-10
    Vicki In Crete Chania, Greece 10-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Best production, great listening experience"

    Thank you for the great narration, Jonathan Davis. I can't image how you accomplished such a great listen; is very enjoyable.
    I ended up enjoying this book the most of the trilogy. I've read "All Tomorrow's Parties" a couple of times, but listening to this version is much better.
    William Gibson has a great talent for describing the past, present and future (all at the same time) with a great tongue in cheek style.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 01-22-10
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 01-22-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very different, kinda cool :)"

    Poetic thoughts and images, but not the bardic/literary kind ....more artistic somehow. This author DEFinitely has his own style. Very dense, very thick weavings. Great characters. Very very interesting. The story is not your normal, straightforward sort and also not "typical" sci/fi. Know this first. BIGtime. It took me a couple (afterwards) to GET IT and then I did. Soo cool. Not your normal read. I did a LOT of re-winding (so to speak) throughout. But, I DEFinitely enjoyed the ride :)

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 04-25-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Technology will save us"

    Good character study, but I don't think the author's vision of hope is viable because the root cause problem (human culture) was not addressed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Elk City, OK, United States 10-20-10
    Carol Elk City, OK, United States 10-20-10
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    "Intriguing, if . . ."

    I love science fiction but it can be hard to find good abstract descriptions along with an engaging story. I have started this book several times and drifted away—sort of lost--looking for the plot. However, I’ll give it a good try. Many years ago I gave myself ‘permission’ to stop reading any book that I could not ‘engage' with. That does not mean that it might not appeal to someone else, or to me when I’m in a different mood. I am going to try "All Tomorrow’s Parties" again. I wanted to read more customer comments about it. I just reread one of my first downloads and this time I really ‘heard’ and enjoyed it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 01-28-14
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 01-28-14 Member Since 2003

    AKA King Caspian II of Veritasia. (507) 344-0981

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    "Decent Narrator, Confusing Story Line"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really worth the time spent. It took me three days to go through a process where individual descriptives or paragraphs turned out to be catchier than what was actually being described. Characters were basically cardboard and amoral. I could not see why it was necessary for the author to invent a new addictive drug, and he never made the case for why it was deadlier than cocaine.


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

    The cyberspace characters could have been much more convincing. Especially the idoru. It might have made more sense if I had known *why* my sympathies were intended to move with or against any given character. More attention was paid to the scenery than to the characters, and the climax felt weak as a result.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davis's vocal characterizations were quite strong, I just got the impression that he was working with a weak script.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I would not go see this as a movie. I don't believe in decay for it's own sake, nor do I believe in the glorification of drugs or other vices.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated R for mature themes and violence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Jefferson, OR, United States 12-15-10
    Clay Jefferson, OR, United States 12-15-10
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    "It lost me"

    I tried this book a while back and I found myself not paying attention. Since I now have a long commute, I tried again, rewinding any time my mind wandered. I don't mind character studies, but I have to like the characters. Some of the ideas in the novel were interesting, but none of them really likable. I found the ending lackluster and unfulfilling. Of course the my mind wandered at the ending, but I couldn't justify rewinding.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Petaluma, CA, United States 08-17-10
    Marilyn Petaluma, CA, United States 08-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Dan is Right ... It's an overblown character study"

    Someone kept telling the author he could write. Yes, and writing includes story which is hard to find. Too bad there isn't much of a story that is compelling to keep the character "study" going. Tries to be cool but it is so cold, it freezes the reader out; alone, asking yourself why are you listen to this?

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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