We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Count Zero | [William Gibson]

Count Zero

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.
Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

©2006 William Gibson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (847 )
5 star
 (324)
4 star
 (282)
3 star
 (153)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (39)
Overall
4.0 (607 )
5 star
 (268)
4 star
 (174)
3 star
 (112)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (22)
Story
4.1 (597 )
5 star
 (266)
4 star
 (206)
3 star
 (83)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (19)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Floyd AURORA, CO, United States 08-24-13
    Floyd AURORA, CO, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth checking out"

    Count Zero is the second book in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy - Neuromancer being the first. Count Zero is not as hypnotic and it's predecessor. It's a not a direct sequel to the Neuromancer but is a story set in the same world 7 to 8 years after the events told in the first novel. At it's heart, Count Zero is crime drama with elements of a action-spy story. There are some downright cool crossover moments where events from the first novel are referenced and a supporting character or two make a short appearance in the story. I didn't enjoy Zero as much as Neuromancer because a big part of the fun of these books is learning about and exploring the world Gibson's characters inhabit. Zero retains much of the flavor of Neuromancer but is an entity in and of itself; worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    G Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-06-10
    G Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-06-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "stil a possibility"

    When published, personal computing is still in it's infancy...never mind the internet...and here we are diving into intrigue on this 'world wide web'...interacting with AI, who have assumed position and title to Loas (or christian saints) and hold reign through this new medium.
    Usually, the 'mid-books' of a trilogy of stories is the stumbler but Gibson holds your attention throughout the whole story. Quite a way to set off the next in this line...and at the time, no clue of the follower.
    Quite a tale with a varied cast of players who add their own spice to this tale of rebirth and liberation.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It was all over the place"
    Would you try another book from William Gibson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I know I should expect the unorganized style of writing from William Gibson. He is a challenge to read anyway, but this was just too all over the place. The concepts and direction were too drawn out. The pace of this book, considering it's intensity and complex word structure, was too slow. I would zone out, getting lost on the extended dialogues.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a William Gibson book. I listened to Neuromancer. That wasn't as bad. I actually like it.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    It was engaging. It's just too bad the story line and dialogue didn't work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Count Zero?

    I don't know, I stopped listening before the first half.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a William Gibson fan, you will like this. But, if you are into futuristic sci-fi, this will even lose you.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Impatience 06-13-15
    Impatience 06-13-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic"

    An essential classic for geeks. Be sure to read neuromancer first or you'll be a little lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-01-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

    HELPFUL VOTES
    192
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    206
    192
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    77
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Situation Normal"

    This sequel to NEUROMANCER manages to keep the feel of its predecessor but lacks the panache I would have hoped for. I did find Bobby, the Count, to be more interesting than Case from the first book.

    Jonathan Davis delvers a steady, if a bit subdued, for him, performance; much like the effort Robertson Dean put forth in the first book. Perhaps this was a conscious decision to retain some conformity for the series. I would have liked to have heard a hyped-up version of the story. It could have used the help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andre El Paso, TX, United States 02-12-11
    Andre El Paso, TX, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Count Zero"

    Great look into a High Tech future, however the all the characters were unlikable. Thus I became
    uninterested in them. The ideas of the digital infused future kept me interested for a while, but
    in the end I could not finish it.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ron DeWitt, MI, United States 01-15-15
    Ron DeWitt, MI, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Meh"

    Just couldn't get into it. I do art on my computer all day and I like to listen to books while I work so this may be my fault. Half of the characters have a real name and a handle and it was really hard to keep them straight because of the monotone delivery of the narrator. Sometimes in a scene it felt like there were twice as many characters in the room because they all sounded the same (or barely different) and each one was had two or three names. For instance Bobby, Count, Zero, Count Zero or just Kid. I realize this was one of the main characters and so he had more names but there were many like this. I'm sure if I had used my full attention I would have been able to keep it straight but if I could use my full attention I would READ books.

    This book could have definitely benefitted from a more expressive narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-13-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1991
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    717
    690
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    154
    26
    Overall
    "Cyber-Punk"

    Read Jerry's review. I did not make it past the first third of the book. Gibson is kind of like Shakespeare, it takes slow reading and going over it, which makes it difficult in audio form. If you have never read Gibson before, I suggest you read Virtual Light first. It is not quite as complicated and has a couple of really cool characters that you will get into. There is just too many authors and books out there for me to spend this much time with one book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mike Raleigh, NC, United States 08-18-10
    Mike Raleigh, NC, United States 08-18-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Boring"

    I found this book boring and rambling. I couldn't finish it no matter how hard I tried and eventually just put it down without finishing it.

    5 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R. Jones 04-11-11
    R. Jones 04-11-11 Member Since 2013

    R.Jones

    HELPFUL VOTES
    97
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    311
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    28
    0
    Overall
    "Unrelenting boredom"

    After enduring 90 minutes of excruciation I had to give up. Never have I encountered a less interested reader.
    He speaks in a droning singsong voice with virtually no tonal inflection. At 90 minutes the book still made no sense, the plot and characters were unclear, so I called it a day.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.