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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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...
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.
I honestly don't know. I haven't read the print version (yet)
Wintermute. The AI seemed to be a more complex character than I first thought.
Wintermute. Performance wasn't especially better or worse than the other characters
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.
I loved Robertson Dean' s rich narrator's voice and style. The story was OK.
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.
Couldn't get through it - My mind kept wandering. I could not get into the characters.
No, not necessarily.
I just couldn't get into any of them.
If you have ANY interest in any recent science fiction Read/listen to this and learn where those fabulous stories came from.
The beginning the middle the end.
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...
... I did.
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
Good story and read well by the narrator.
Robertson Dean does a solid job separating characters with voices without making it seems too obvious or creepy.
No. I listened to this book a half at a time.
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.
A different narrator.
The book, not the audio book.
Syrupy. Effeminate. Seventies hipster.
One of my only audiobooks I wish I could return here.
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.
Erie similarity between Gibson's matrix and today’s web....
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