©2006 William Gibson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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.
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.
Not a William Gibson book. I listened to Neuromancer. That wasn't as bad. I actually like it.
It was engaging. It's just too bad the story line and dialogue didn't work.
I don't know, I stopped listening before the first half.
If you are a William Gibson fan, you will like this. But, if you are into futuristic sci-fi, this will even lose you.
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.
Neuromancer, predecessor to this book, is one of the best books ever written. Modern movies like The Matrix owe there imagination to that book. This book is in the series and certainly The Matrix of some quantity of credit to this book as well. The Matrix character Morpheus is almost a direct lift from this. However it took about 35% of the book for me to really get into it. I just wasn't sure I liked any characters. It picked up when the characters became more intriguing and more relatable. By 70% I was hooked and I really liked where story it ended. He wrapped it up quite nicely and made me ready to read the next one.
Struggled to finish this book. Its roles are filled with less memorable characters and a muddled plot line. Lacking the magic of the new the first one this book leaves you not wanting more. Narrator is pretty good but can be a little monotone which combined with the storyline make paying attention a stuggle at times.
I love this series. Incredible writing paired with 5 star+ narration. Can't wait for the next book. Gibson is an amazing writer. This is a rare gem of a series. 6 stars would be more appropriate. Enjoy.
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.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
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.
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.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
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