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Publisher's Summary

The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast best seller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now....

Cayce Pollard is a new kind of prophet - a world-renowned "coolhunter" who predicts the hottest trends. While in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo, she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded to the Internet - footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide.

Still haunted by the memory of her missing father - a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001 - Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing - and compelling - as the 21st century promises to be....

©2003 William Gibson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

" Pattern Recognition is William Gibson's best book since he rewrote all the rules in Neuromancer." (Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods)
"One of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century." ( The Washington Post Book World)

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Badly cut up into chapters and monotonic narration

I liked the book, but it was a tough one to get through. Mostly because the narration was rather a bit monotonic and the book was cut up into 9 audible chapters.
Going back to the start of the 'book chapter' was nearly impossible. Making it sometimes hard to pick up the book after putting it down for the night.

But the story was fascinating enough to put up with that.

Though the epilogue felt rushed.

The narrator also didn't differentiate between the emails that the protagonist writes. Sometimes the story was told through various emails in a row, and the narrator Shelly Frasier didn't delineate them in any way.

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when stories read like a stream of consciousness..

this is a book i struggled to read in trade paperback when it was first released. one of my favorite authors, but this book was HARD. The narrative and the naration here are pretty spot on, bonus is i could do other things (like drive or knit or abuse my knees at the gym) while this stream of thoughts and observations flow out of my app. I have the next book up for my queue, but i find i have the narrator's voice in my head and reading all that I type so perhaps not enough breaks for this listener.

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Yawn.

After enjoying Neuromancer, I was unimpressed with this bland storyline about very little, and the far-fetched "gift"/"affliction"/affectation of the main character. Narration was fair, if it seemed she, too, were struggling to stay awake.

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Good story. Super-weird narration.

Would you listen to Pattern Recognition again? Why?

I would read it again, if that makes sense. But listening to this book was really exhausting. The narration is so weird and I had to rewind several times to really get a grasp of what has been said. Again, great novel, but the delivery not up to par with the narrative,

What other book might you compare Pattern Recognition to and why?

Nothing comes to mind.

What didn’t you like about Shelly Frasier’s performance?

I can't say I liked anything about it. Her performance was the main reason why I had trouble understanding the narrative. Sorrrry.

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

No.

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Enchanting Story and Characters

Would you listen to Pattern Recognition again? Why?

Yes, someday.

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

Interesting characters and story lines.

What about Shelly Frasier’s performance did you like?

She did great. I enjoyed the heroine of the story in her voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

I loved having the main character in my head in the voice of the reader. Very enjoyable perspective. The plot is very William Gibson, improbable but interesting. He still seems to foreshadow our current and near history too well.