©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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
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.
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.
This is a brilliant foundational work in the cyberpunk genre delivered with all the energy and imagination of a back-tax audit form. Gibson's sprawl trilogy is an excellent piece of literature, but is unfortunately made completely lifeless by a monotone and odd intonation that makes you focus on the odd rhythm of the narration and forget what was actually said a sentence back.
It is a must-read, but unfortunately, in this case this also means it must be read on paper.
The storyline of this book is right up my alley and I was excited to listen to it. Unfortunately I got so frustrated with the narrator's speed of speech that I had to stop listening. There are long "meaningful" pauses randomly in sentences making it hard to follow and concentrate.
I even attempted speeding up the playback speed to help, but this wasn't enough to cover up for the weird distracting pauses.
Very disappointed as I want to read this book, but this one will have to be read the traditional way for me so I can enjoy it.
"The matrix is here"
I really enjoyed the story line and the narration. There is a large part of the matrix here box makers and key makers. Great narration to. Off to listen to the last part of the story now.
Not as good as the first one but still a stunning book. My advice is to set the reader speed to 1.25 or 1.5. Amazing and brilliant Computer Sci Fi
"Couldn't listen to it"
The narrator is awful. Far far too slow. I gave up after 10 minutes
"a great book and an even greater audiobook"
It's hard to explain why I like so much William Gibson's books.In his language, in his narrative, in the pace of his stories, in his characters and in the situations he evokes, there is something that resonates with me and my personality.
Thanks to the audio version of WG's books, I can now listen to them while on the move, so as I walk the streets of London I can immerse myself in my favourite books.
You need to be careful crossing streets, negotiating a busy junction or a busy pavement.
Initially I had to get used to the style of narration, where there is one narrator for all the characters, but I appreciate the craft, the skills of Jonathan Davis and his ability to modulate his voice in a different way for each character, given each his or her (or its) own personality, it's own "mark", making them recognisable.
I found the experience excellent and the quality of the voice narration is so good that very rarely I had to go back in the story to reconnect with the narrative. The biggest problem I had in early attempts with audio books was "disconnecting" from listening the story and spawning a train of thoughts or an external event requiring higher attention and causing a disruptive distraction from the book. With this book and some discipline, I managed to stick to the story almost all the time and never get distracted.
I recommend this audiobook at many levels:
- because I love the book itself - and it's not just for SF fans, William Gibson is certainly much much more than a SF writer, he is one of those writers who leave a deep mark in the century(ies) they inhabit.
- because of the excellent quality of the audio and of the narration and the great voice of Jonathan Davis.
Book readers who approach for the first time audiobooks should be aware that they will have to invest their attention in a different way, and possibly find a new and revolutionary way to enjoy their favourite books while doing something else.
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