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Count Zero Audiobook

Count Zero

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A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

©2006 William Gibson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Floyd AURORA, CO, United States 08-24-13
    Floyd AURORA, CO, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth checking out"

    Count Zero is the second book in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy - Neuromancer being the first. Count Zero is not as hypnotic and it's predecessor. It's a not a direct sequel to the Neuromancer but is a story set in the same world 7 to 8 years after the events told in the first novel. At it's heart, Count Zero is crime drama with elements of a action-spy story. There are some downright cool crossover moments where events from the first novel are referenced and a supporting character or two make a short appearance in the story. I didn't enjoy Zero as much as Neuromancer because a big part of the fun of these books is learning about and exploring the world Gibson's characters inhabit. Zero retains much of the flavor of Neuromancer but is an entity in and of itself; worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It was all over the place"
    Would you try another book from William Gibson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I know I should expect the unorganized style of writing from William Gibson. He is a challenge to read anyway, but this was just too all over the place. The concepts and direction were too drawn out. The pace of this book, considering it's intensity and complex word structure, was too slow. I would zone out, getting lost on the extended dialogues.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a William Gibson book. I listened to Neuromancer. That wasn't as bad. I actually like it.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    It was engaging. It's just too bad the story line and dialogue didn't work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Count Zero?

    I don't know, I stopped listening before the first half.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a William Gibson fan, you will like this. But, if you are into futuristic sci-fi, this will even lose you.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-13-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Cyber-Punk"

    Read Jerry's review. I did not make it past the first third of the book. Gibson is kind of like Shakespeare, it takes slow reading and going over it, which makes it difficult in audio form. If you have never read Gibson before, I suggest you read Virtual Light first. It is not quite as complicated and has a couple of really cool characters that you will get into. There is just too many authors and books out there for me to spend this much time with one book.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    G Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-06-10
    G Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "stil a possibility"

    When published, personal computing is still in it's infancy...never mind the internet...and here we are diving into intrigue on this 'world wide web'...interacting with AI, who have assumed position and title to Loas (or christian saints) and hold reign through this new medium.
    Usually, the 'mid-books' of a trilogy of stories is the stumbler but Gibson holds your attention throughout the whole story. Quite a way to set off the next in this line...and at the time, no clue of the follower.
    Quite a tale with a varied cast of players who add their own spice to this tale of rebirth and liberation.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    AAron 02-27-17
    AAron 02-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this book doesn't miss for the years it's bin"

    Really good book hold up for over time, truly the second original cyber punk trilogy

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    Alexei 02-15-17
    Alexei 02-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointed"

    no depth to the story or purpose. disliked the reading a lot due to poorly timed pauses. loved neuromancer though.

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    Lindy 01-16-17
    Lindy 01-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "another great cyberpunk voyage."

    Gibson is amazing at filling out his world and not using same characters each time. the nods to neuromancer was great and the new characters felt as real as molly and chase did.

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    nicholas 12-06-16
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    "Simply Awesome!"

    William Gibson expands the reach of the Sprawl with intertwining tales of varied technological evolution! A fascinating exploration into the potentials and dangers of cyberspace!

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    David S. Mathew 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Cyberspace is Evolving"

    In the sequel to Neuromancer, Gibson reveals an unintended consequence of Case's actions in the first novel: new AI gods. This time we have three main characters, a hard boiled mercenary, a disgraced art dealer, and a wannabe cowboy around who a new conspiracy weaves.

    Neuromancer is still largely considered one of the greatest Science Fiction novels ever written and while Count Zero doesn't quite reach those heights it's still a very enjoyable read. Unfortunately, this performance is a big downside. Davis' sleepy and almost emotionless narration really takes its toll, especially during action sequences. That said, the story was interesting enough for me to finish the book, in spite of Davis. Ultimately, I'd still recommend Count Zero, especially if you're itching to get back to the Sprawl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lady 10-03-16
    Lady 10-03-16

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    "Story Killed by Stereotypes"

    The writing in this story is excellent. The stereotyping . . . ick. I couldn't get through it. I tried twice, but I just can't listen to the stereotypical ghetto drug addict tripe. It's too little knowledge and understanding of the culture, and too much reliance on the talk radio version of black America. Lost any respect I might have had for this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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