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Neuromancer Audiobook

Neuromancer

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Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.

©1984 William Gibson (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    rahnem 05-28-12
    rahnem 05-28-12
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    "Excellent ideas. Poor execution"

    After listening to this audiobook it's obvious that Neuromancer has been a source of inspiration to many other creatives in the field. Movies like the Matrix and also every cyberpunk anime in existence have borrowed heavily from this book. If you like those works this is required listening.

    However, for all of it's landmark ideas, this book seems poorly written. I haven't read the book so perhaps its just the narration. Of the 30 some audiobooks I have listened to so far, this has by far been the most jarring, disjointed and hard to follow of them all. If you're not into the genre, or the concepts it spawned, I would avoid it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Broomfield, CO, United States 01-17-12
    Heather Broomfield, CO, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Definitive Cyberpunk"

    What is there to say about Neuromancer that hasn't already been said better by someone else? It defined a genre, and so much more. So much of what the internet is has been defined by Gibson's Sprawl books that it's hard to believe none of the terminology therein existed before he wrote it. Any fan of science fiction is morally obligated to read this book.

    The reading takes a little getting used to. My husband joked that he sounded like a "computer voice," like the voice that Apple OS "reads" in. Once he gets going, Dean gets a bit easier to listen to, but the voice he uses for Molly is utterly ridiculous. In all fairness, it's probably pretty hard for a man to deliver her lines in any way that does not come off as ridiculous.

    Still, I have an abridged audiobook as read by the author, and that is probably the best way to listen to this book. Unfortunately, it's abridged. This reading does make a nice compromise.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-24-11
    Amazon Customer PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome. The stuff of dreams."

    The amazing language used by the author created vivid and realistic images in my mind. The reader's voice was a little creepy, at first, when he attempted the female character voices, but I became accustomed to the sound and compensated.

    I can easily see that this was a primary source for many other stories and movies since it was released. Why have I never seen a Neuromancer movie? I mean, we definitely have the technology to create most of what I saw in my own mind. Johnny Mnemonic is the closest thing I have seen in the way of this style of story. Suddenly, The Matrix seems like a cheap copy-cat. I absolutely wish this story would be made into a movie.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 07-14-16
    Frank 07-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The Matrix, well ahead of its time"

    Not a huge sci-fi fan but was curious about this book because many reference it as part of the digital culture "origin story" that spawned things like the Matrix movies and other digital world creation stories. It's impressive that this book was written so long ago and still got so much right about the future. Yes, there's a bunch of tangent story lines and sequels I won't be reading but it's good to know the context behind books like this, which you can only get by reading them. I'd recommend it for that reason alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Trotter 06-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The best science fiction I've ever read."

    A story of a future that never quite made it, littered with the detritus of a past only half remembered. Don't miss this one, its everything we are and nothing we've ever seen.

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    David Dietrich 05-28-16
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    "The book that defined an epoch"

    I never realized how profoundly the culture if the "cyberspace" generation was inpacted by this book until listening to it and hearing the commentary at the end. Being a 26-yr-old Millenial it was a strange and fascinating experience to have a previously unknown book be so familiar without ever having read it or heard of it before. The ideas and "style" of this work go far beyond its pages, deep into the culture of the world at large.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 04-15-16
    Christopher 04-15-16 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Story in every Sense"
    If you could sum up Neuromancer in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible World Building


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neuromancer?

    The entire last third of the book is a constant build, with a satisfying ending, even as some of it is left vague.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    I love science fiction, and I am constantly disappointed in the schleck that gets published, and occasionally even what wins awards. Neuromancer defy's that. If anything, the problem that I had was that I spent most of the listening time lying on my couch so I could focus on the images being created. Its an excellent book.<br/>Oh, and about the cyber punk thing? Gibson may be the father of it, but thats because he created something fantastic and unique, and as is mentioned in the intro, it was then copied poorly by thousands. Don't assume because they were bad that you wont like this.<br/>If you like thrillers, sci-fi, and/or enjoy a book that may make you think, then this is an excellent choice.<br/>The reading is well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erica United States 07-24-13
    Erica United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2017

    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire

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    "Good, But Hyped"

    This book, unfortunately, had a lot of hype. To a degree it lived up to it and delivered an unexpected story that made me, a child of the '90's, rethink some of the pop-culture I thought I knew (cough Matrix cough). That being said, I often felt like there was too much going on -- traditional sci-fi, cyberpunk, noir, etc.. -- and for the life of me couldn't shake a feeling of being disconnected from the story. Maybe that's part of the desired ambiance? I think that this is a must-listen if only to provide the appropriate pop-culture base for people who appreciate sci-fi, but, while this is a genre-defining story, keep your expectations reasonable going into it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wendy NJ 10-02-11
    wendy NJ 10-02-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Great narration!"

    I've read this book a handful of times but had never listened to an audiobook version of it.
    Honestly, the story is so vivid in my mind I was a little worried about what a bad narration would do to it. Well, never fear - Robertson Dean does a marvelous job! So it has been a treat listening to the story come alive through my headphones. Great job bringing the story to life.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-24-11
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2009

    caffeinated

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    "Mixed feelings."

    I enjoyed listening to Neuromancer. Mostly for it's historical significance and concepts that are, for the most part, still fresh today. But I find that, in retrospect, Books like Gibson's Pattern Recognition are so much more polished and enjoyable than his earlier work.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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