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Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. A stint as a security man in an all-night Los Angeles convenience store has convinced him his career is going nowhere, but his friend, Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world, and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

William Gibson's new novel, set in the soon-to-be-fact world of Virtual Light and Idoru, completes a stunning, brilliantly imagined trilogy about the post-Net world.

©1999 William Gibson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Worth several listenings.

Very densely and artfully written. I listened to it multiple times, sometimes as a cure for insomnia. I would not recommend it for commutes as it is too low-key for that. I loved the conception of living on Golden Gate Bridge, but never would have hung in there, due to nebulous plotting, if it had not been for the relaxing and yet entertaining reading of Jonathan Davis. His reading of Rydell was particularly amusing.

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Best production, great listening experience

Thank you for the great narration, Jonathan Davis. I can't image how you accomplished such a great listen; is very enjoyable.
I ended up enjoying this book the most of the trilogy. I've read "All Tomorrow's Parties" a couple of times, but listening to this version is much better.
William Gibson has a great talent for describing the past, present and future (all at the same time) with a great tongue in cheek style.

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Very different, kinda cool :)

Poetic thoughts and images, but not the bardic/literary kind ....more artistic somehow. This author DEFinitely has his own style. Very dense, very thick weavings. Great characters. Very very interesting. The story is not your normal, straightforward sort and also not "typical" sci/fi. Know this first. BIGtime. It took me a couple (afterwards) to GET IT and then I did. Soo cool. Not your normal read. I did a LOT of re-winding (so to speak) throughout. But, I DEFinitely enjoyed the ride :)

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top notch narrative performance

This is more than just a reading, it seems more like a dramatization, with amazing vocal performance by Jonathan Davis. I'll be seeking out other books with his voice.
I had read the previous book(s) in the series, so I was familiar with the general milieu. If I hadn't, then the story would have been even harder to follow, but I just relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Technology will save us

Good character study, but I don't think the author's vision of hope is viable because the root cause problem (human culture) was not addressed.

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Lucid prescience

Colin Laney working from inside the inside of the inside of a Tokyo subway station finds the red thread that leads to our future. Pulling it ever so gently he contrives to manipulate the manipulator and find a way away from "rich powerful corrupt men" seducing us into a culturally homogonized nightmare.

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DIFFICULT NOT TO FINISH ONCE BEGUN, 1ST RATE!

Loved it, not as dazzling as Neuromancer, but much more finely constructed. A tale of a perfectly believable American favela, intricate and independent.

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2021 and still relevant.

Gibson created an amazing and fascinating world not to different from ours. this book can be read without reading the others in the series aces would still be great. I have listened to this audio presentation at least three times and could again happily 😊

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This story has legs!

The technology predicted and the state of society imagined — over 20 years ago — is stunningly believable and accurate.

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Gripping story

I had read the previous stories by WG, and this was a memorable experience. I liked the narrator's different voices to each character, and it made my commute something to look forward to, instead of a drudge.