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Interface

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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation.

In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.

©2005 Neal Stephenson & J. Frederick George (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Thriller/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

"As he deftly conveys the authors' chilling dramatization of the national political process, Wyman's voice sounds fresh and contemporary but seasoned with enough maturity to render him a believable newscaster. The authors' and narrator's storytelling skills mesh perfectly in a thriller of the sort that keeps one sitting in the driveway long after arriving home." (AudioFile)

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    Pavel Czech Republic 12-11-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 12-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Boooring, yaaaawn"

    I listened to first 3h and didn't find a reason to continue. Just very few first pages, describing perhaps pictures or photos, makes this book absolutely impossible to listen to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Belle Harbor, NY, United States 11-14-11
    James Belle Harbor, NY, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Contrarian"

    Can't agree with the rhapsodic reviews of this book. A slackly written "thriller" with no narrative pulse, its characters disappear for hundreds of pages or drop out of the book altogether without explanation. The set up to the main plot is so leisurely and discursive that it buries all tension and anticipation. When the climatic events are finally presented they are given in such a cursory fashion that I wondered why I had spent the previous 15 hours listening to their preliminaries.

    There are also some real whoppers that make it difficult to suspend belief but those are minor compared to the larger, fatal failure to create a world believable on its own terms. Never for a minute did I believe that this world could exist. The characters were two dimensional puppets moved around for the convenience of the plot or else were so "colorful" that they never became real. Lack of character depth or of a convincing, organic world true to itself can be forgiven in a thriller if the plot is propulsive but all are missing here.

    Some humor, a few interesting ideas, the workmanlike competence of the writing and a talented reader save the book from one star.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 09-30-11
    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2017

    NC Lib

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    "Great story, Narrator needs to do research"

    The story was great, kept my attention and was an interesting topic. One thing drove me crazy. I grew up in central Illinois and Tuscola is pronounced Tus-co’-la, with a short u and a long o. I know this is a small thing, but so are fingernails on blackboards. If you are going to read a book with so many references to a town, please call the city hall and find out how people pronounce the city's name! It really hurt my enjoyment in the book. If you never heard of the town, I am sure you couldn't care less and the book was great.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-24-17 Member Since 2011

    Member since 2002! I'm an avid reader, going through about six (or more) credits a month. As well as a published writer of short fiction.

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    "Older Book, Present Day Possibilities"

    if you're looking for something to read that's sci-fi and speaks about the state of politics, you can't go wrong with Interface. Written in 1994, some of the technology is dated (the use of floppy discs and no mention of the internet), but reading it through the lens of today, makes the premise all the more possible.

    I've read this book five times and this last one was really a mind bend after this last election and insane administration. If you want a good read, a wild ride, unforgettable characters and a book that makes you laugh and think along the way... You can't go wrong with Interface.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bram Blenk 07-12-17
    Bram Blenk 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"

    Another great Neal Stephenson book. One of his early works, so not up to his more recent standards, and a bit out of date, but still very good. We'll worth the time.

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    GREGORY 03-31-17
    GREGORY 03-31-17

    Gregory

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    "Meh"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book wasn't for me? That's passive-aggressive. (I'm responding to the question above the box)<br/>The book wasn't for me because it was poorly written. Good story idea, amazing narration (one of the best I've heard and I have about 500 books in my library). The books is a hodge podge of different stories that eventually sort of come together but each is so different and takes so long to get through that you end up not giving a damn about the, supposedly, main story. Got through the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Yes.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Curran Baltimore, MD 03-26-17
    Jennifer Curran Baltimore, MD 03-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Oliver Wyman is hands down the best"

    this narrator made this book, his control and range of voice is astounding. the story was solid as well

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    Amazon Customer Lee's Summit, MO United States 12-22-16
    Amazon Customer Lee's Summit, MO United States 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding Book for Our Times"

    This was a particularly good book for the times in which we are living. It was extremely well-written and performed in an amazing way.

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    Alex 09-26-16
    Alex 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gold"

    Don't let the co-author put you off, this is Neal Stephenson gold. I've read almost all his books and this is definitely in the top 5.

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    Jason 06-21-16
    Jason 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Great"

    Horrible compared to Neal's other books. Maybe it was the narrator, I'm not a fan of his voice but this book lacked the content and detail I like about Stephenson's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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