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.
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Wow, this book has just become one of my all time favorites. I plan to listen to it or read it again. I'm only just now getting more into Sci-Fi, but I was not only impressed by the vision of the future as Gibson saw it in 1983, but the vibe he conveys and how interesting and suspenseful the story is. In the forward Gibson mentions similarities with Blade Runner, with it's murky, misty China town portrayal, and though the vibe is similar and it deals with similar themes, Neuromancer's story and characters are leagues better. The story proceeds like a mystery with each unrevealing blowing your mind, and you can't wait to figure out what happens next.
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
I like a book you have to pay attention to if you want to "get it" - I've seen this book on "books I should read list" for a long time and I am unfortunately left more frustrated then satisfied. The use of multiple names for each if multiple characters, the use of futuristic terms without enough contexts, and the constant switching between cyberspace, drug induced illusions, and reality were just annoying, not clever as intended. Having just read Blade Runner and read all of Asimov and Bradbury, I think this story just pails in comparison, gets seriously off track 2 or 3 times, and just left me wanting to done as soon as possible.
I normally enjoy 'noir' style science fiction, but this was all over the place. The performer really can't do female voices. The story is barely coherent, bouncing around so much that every time I speed listening when I came back an hour or do later I couldn't tell if I had list my place or not.
This book is usually in the top 10's when it comes to books you should read, and have to read. I think it was very well done, and the detail was beyond match. The performance by the narrator strong, and I could 'see' the cities in my mind.
I just don't seem to be able to get down with the cyberpunk crowd. It's not bad, but like Mayonnaise, it just doesn't hold my attention.
Hehe, not listen to Cyberpunk books anymore.
Badass story, fantastic writing, and really good narration. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It's amazing to think how much this book affected the present day.
This is one of my all time favorite books. I first listened to an audio representation of it by the author himself. I would say that version was at least as good as this one except for the really low sound quality.
The book that started the matrix, cyberspace, jacking in to computers off. my only problem with the book is sometimes I would get a little lost on who or what was taking place. probably my fault for dealing with traffic.
If you are searching for the literature that sparked works like Snow Crash and Ready Player One give Neuromancer a shot.
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