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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.
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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.

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    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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    Jim Honeycutt San Diego, CA USA 12-18-14
    Jim Honeycutt San Diego, CA USA 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding narration!"
    Any additional comments?

    This narrator give an outstanding performance, best I've heard yet. His timing and the accents for each character were spot on. Each character had a unique, nuanced accent/sound that made this feel almost more like a radio program than a narration. This is one of my favorite authors and trilogies too. Amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-01-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2011

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

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    "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
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    Andre El Paso, TX, United States 02-12-11
    Andre El Paso, TX, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "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
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-13-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2010

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

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    "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
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    Mike Raleigh, NC, United States 08-18-10
    Mike Raleigh, NC, United States 08-18-10
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    "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 22 people found this review helpful
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    R. Jones 04-11-11
    R. Jones 04-11-11 Member Since 2005

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    "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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mats 10-24-10
    Mats 10-24-10
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    "Brilliant literature crippled by the narration"

    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.

    1 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-24-11
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-24-11 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "What was it about???"

    I'm not really sure. It was read so darn slowly and drawn out, written in the same manner that it was almost impossible to get through. This was agonizing, too much time spent on descriptive verbiage and read like the narrator was sitting in a low lit, smoke filled room with a sax playing. Needs editing by someone that can give it a better pace. If that happened to make it worth the interest it might be whittled down to about a chapter - yes a short story.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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