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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.

©2003 William Gibson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Laura
  • winston salem, NC, United States
  • 04-22-11

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Pie
  • Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 01-22-10

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 :)

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • El Paso, TX, United States
  • 04-25-10

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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You Must Love Sci Fi

What would have made All Tomorrow's Parties better?

If you are sci fi fan, then this is for you. I am not a Sci Fi fan, but I was hoping the modern Sci Fi perhaps detective theme would be ok for me. Another reviewer could not get through this book. I am at ch 12 and giving up. J.D. has made the characters wonderful as usual, but I just can't seem to pick up the tread of this story.

What was most disappointing about William Gibson’s story?

This author/genre is not for me, so this is not the fault of the author. The other reviewers love this story, so buy if you are a fan.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Jonathan Davis's reading style. See Sandra Brown's Mean Streak. I try to buy as many of this readers' works as I can, but I am just suffering with some of the reads if I am not a fan of the author.<br/> J.D. claim to fame is Sci Fi and anything latin based. He is terrific!

Any additional comments?

note: I use 1.25 x new speed as it helps match an author's intent of the story line.

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Excellent. Maybe his best.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - the story, the narrator, the writing style, the plethora of interesting characters and the setting. Of the seven or so of William Gibson's books l've listened to, this ranks at or near the top - and that includes the Sprawl Series. The unique people and situation are the plot in my opinion. The reader has to infer much about the "event" but I prefer that.

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  • Roy
  • Mawson Lakes, South Australia
  • 07-06-15

Quality SciFi from a master

Almost a mystery story. Well developed characters, subtle but effective tech. is set just around the corner from now

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Decent Narrator, Confusing Story Line

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really worth the time spent. It took me three days to go through a process where individual descriptives or paragraphs turned out to be catchier than what was actually being described. Characters were basically cardboard and amoral. I could not see why it was necessary for the author to invent a new addictive drug, and he never made the case for why it was deadlier than cocaine.

What could William Gibson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The cyberspace characters could have been much more convincing. Especially the idoru. It might have made more sense if I had known *why* my sympathies were intended to move with or against any given character. More attention was paid to the scenery than to the characters, and the climax felt weak as a result.

What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Davis's vocal characterizations were quite strong, I just got the impression that he was working with a weak script.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, I would not go see this as a movie. I don't believe in decay for it's own sake, nor do I believe in the glorification of drugs or other vices.

Any additional comments?

Rated R for mature themes and violence.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Clay
  • Jefferson, OR, United States
  • 12-15-10

It lost me

I tried this book a while back and I found myself not paying attention. Since I now have a long commute, I tried again, rewinding any time my mind wandered. I don't mind character studies, but I have to like the characters. Some of the ideas in the novel were interesting, but none of them really likable. I found the ending lackluster and unfulfilling. Of course the my mind wandered at the ending, but I couldn't justify rewinding.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful