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Neuromancer | [William Gibson]

Neuromancer

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.
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Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.

©1984 William Gibson (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    IAMTHEARM 12-11-12
    IAMTHEARM 12-11-12

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    How could the performance have been better?

    Neuromancer is one of those books I have read a few times over the years and I was excited to see it in this format so I could listen to it while I sat in rush hour traffic. I hate to say it but the narrator, Robertson Dean, ruined the experience for me. He is obviously a good reader but I felt he was a bad casting choice for this "cyberpunk classic". His regular reading voice reminded me of the character Gail Boetticher from Breaking Bad- like he's sitting in a comfy chair, wearing a cable knit sweater, reading this book out loud to his cats. His Dixie Flatline voice sounds like Tommy Lee Jones doing drag. He makes Molly the Razorgirl sound like a housewife from the Fifties who is either scolding Case or wants to bake him something, or sometimes both... and the Jamaican patois for Maelcom the Rasta was just terrible, like someone imitating Spanish mixed with Hindi or Urdu. The Panther Moderns sounded effete and sleepy. The feel of the writing is futuristic and gritty and the narration just fell short, making it all sound sort of awkward and a little creepy- like accidentally hearing senior citizens getting it on. I know there's only so much a narrator can do with such a myriad of characters, and they deserve some wiggle room to make it work, but in this case I am being taken right out of the story. Yeesh...


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    Eleanor 12-06-12
    Eleanor 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I find something new every time I read this book"

    I've read and re-read Neuromancer about every 10 years since I was a teenager, and I feel like I get something new out of it every time. So, this is one of the few audiobooks I've bought even though I'd already read the book, and it was completely worth it. And Gibson's explanation in the preface of the vexing "The sky above the port was the color of a television tuned to a dead channel" opening line (he's talking about some kind of old-timey television that goes silver when there's no reception) was a revelation. The reader was good. Very laconic, but, for me, that fit the cyber-noire genre.

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    Daan Aarschot, Belgium 11-05-12
    Daan Aarschot, Belgium 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Difficult to follow for non-native speakers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neuromancer to be better than the print version?

    I honestly don't know. I haven't read the print version (yet)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wintermute. The AI seemed to be a more complex character than I first thought.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Wintermute. Performance wasn't especially better or worse than the other characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a bit too much to cope in one sitting. Maybe it has something to do with the complexity of the story, or maybe the difficulty I had to understand what was being said. I had to focus too much on the story.


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    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 10-06-12
    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Listened to this for sci fi cultural literacy."
    What did you love best about Neuromancer?

    I loved Robertson Dean' s rich narrator's voice and style. The story was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't love this story nor am I compelled to read the rest of the trilogy. I am not attracted to "underworld" stories or characters. I admired the creativity of W. Gibson's storytelling and his writing ability. And of course I am aware of his foresight into the furture/present world.

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    PropellerHead_ California,USA 09-16-12
    PropellerHead_ California,USA 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dated. I'm sure in it's day it was great...But"
    What disappointed you about Neuromancer?

    Couldn't get through it - My mind kept wandering. I could not get into the characters.


    Has Neuromancer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not necessarily.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robertson Dean’s performances?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from Neuromancer?

    I just couldn't get into any of them.


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    Amazon Customer CENTRAL POINT, OREGON, United States 09-08-12
    Amazon Customer CENTRAL POINT, OREGON, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "THE One True Clasic that started so much..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have ANY interest in any recent science fiction Read/listen to this and learn where those fabulous stories came from.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The beginning the middle the end.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Case is the protagonist but I did like Molly and how a man was able to deliver a believability to a woman's voice. Three Jane's voice is so totally believable. So subtly filled with edges of evil and malice and other tinges of Psychosises of all sorts. Flatline's voice is so lacking in maturity like a stoner 13 year old. I love that. And Malcom...

    I will be looking for more Deans narrations...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    ... I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Ever green is such a cliche but so completely appropriate. I have read/listen to three other books recently and in two of those three there were not so veiled references to Neromancer. One was a lifting line for line I would say plagiarism but I know its an ode but and 20 years later means something different but the brilliance of the line makes it just as perfect now as then. In the Audible.com "book"/recording there is a preface that describes this line... brilliant just brilliant.

    sorry for the over use of brilliant... but

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    Blaine Platt Simi Valley, CA 09-04-12
    Blaine Platt Simi Valley, CA 09-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "First read and listen was a treat!"
    Would you listen to Neuromancer again? Why?

    Good story and read well by the narrator.


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

    Robertson Dean does a solid job separating characters with voices without making it seems too obvious or creepy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I listened to this book a half at a time.


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    crashlander New York, NY, USA 08-13-12
    crashlander New York, NY, USA 08-13-12

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    "Classic but very confusing storyline"

    I was looking forward to Neuromancer, seeing as to how the book invented the whole cyberpunk genre of the 1980s/90s.

    The narration was good. Unfortunately, the plot seems to be very confusing. It's hard to keep all the characters straight.

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    coreyvw Washougal, WA United States 05-06-12
    coreyvw Washougal, WA United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Syrupy voice. Effeminate. Takes away."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    Would you recommend Neuromancer to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book, not the audio book.


    What didn’t you like about Robertson Dean’s performance?

    Syrupy. Effeminate. Seventies hipster.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my only audiobooks I wish I could return here.

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    richard Richmond, VA, United States 05-03-12
    richard Richmond, VA, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This one goes to the top of my list"
    Where does Neuromancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One strage and exciting trip! Gibson creates a mind bending and entirely believable world with gritty characters and a story line that reminds me of all the metaphysical , speculative technology, and kick ass action themes that I loved best in two of my other favorite pieces of sci-fi art the Matrix and Snow Crash.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neuromancer?

    Erie similarity between Gibson's matrix and today’s web....


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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