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Neuromancer Audiobook

Neuromancer

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Publisher's Summary

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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    zatarra 11-02-16
    zatarra 11-02-16
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    "The Seminal Novel That Inspired The Matrix Movies"
    Would you listen to Neuromancer again? Why?

    Great voice acting. Interesting nuanced characters. Unpredictable and mindbending. Although some descriptions of future now seem dated twenty-plus years later. Hindsight is always 20/20 like that. It's still unbelievable this was written in 1982 (the same Blade Runner hit the silver screen)...Wow!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Case and his badass girlfriend, Molly, of course. Their struggle to survive seems real and plausible. Did these two end up being the template for Neo and Trinity? It sure looks like it to me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His meeting with Deane/Wintermute in the matrix and the beach scene with Linda Lee.


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

    Sure, I'd like to mainline this archetypal cyperpunk novel.


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    Anthony Santarpio 10-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "fun world less than interesting story."

    finished but lost interest. enjoyed the world building but it just felt like stuff happened and no one really did anything.

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    Dan 10-21-16
    Dan 10-21-16
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    "disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Reviews led to believe this was better then it actually was. Avoid.


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

    M


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ok


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

    I wish I had downloaded another book before getting into a car for 13 hours. Stuck with this one.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Bryan Taylor 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story"

    I really enjoyed the story, sometimes the transitions are a bit jarring and confusing, but you start getting used to it by the end of the book. Re-reading it would probably reveal a lot of missed details. Still a great read.

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    Doesn'tmatter 10-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "yes"

    Inspiring, impossibly understandable and worth it. The birth of cyberpunk, the face of everything we've loved in our subculture.

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    Brandon Carney MOSES LAKE, WA, US 09-15-16
    Brandon Carney MOSES LAKE, WA, US 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story but difficult to visualize"

    This was a great story. Some of those visual cues like the starting of a new paragraph might make this a better read instead of listen as the characters are in one place then they are very suddenly somewhere else. It was at times a tad difficult to follow.

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    Christian 09-08-16
    Christian 09-08-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a university student.

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    "Highly imaginative and fun, yet dark and gritty"
    What made the experience of listening to Neuromancer the most enjoyable?

    The world in which the story is set. I really enjoy cyberpunk themes and imagery. The reason I listened to this book is because it is the defining work of the cyberpunk genre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neuromancer?

    First of all, the iconic opening line: "The sky above the port was the color of television, turned to a dead channel". One of the most simple and powerful uses of imagery I've ever heard. It immediately sets the tone of the novel and brings you into the story.<br/><br/>But the most memorable scene, for me, was the ending.<br/><br/>(SPOILER ALERT)<br/><br/>Case is visited by Wintermute/Neuromancer in his apartment. The moment is very bittersweet, because the AI shows him what appears to be "digital copies" of Linda (his dead girlfriend) and Case himself, their consciousnesses living together in the matrix. Then, the last line of the book: "He never saw Molly again."


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of varying his voice for the different characters.


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

    No, it took me a while to get through this book. It was hard to listen to for more than an hour at a time because the plot is very complicated and it takes a lot of concentration in order to understand what is going on.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitate to recommend the audio version of this book. The author invented many slang terms for use in the book, and this makes it hard to follow the story closely. For example, when characters first mentioned "breaking the ice" I thought they were referring to socializing. It took me a while to realize that "ice" is slang for firewalls, and so "breaking the ice" means hacking into servers. I feel that it would be easier to keep up with the strange dialogue if I were reading it instead of listening. There were times when I actually had no idea what was going on and I needed to rewind and listen to some parts multiple times.

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    Nicholas garner 09-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "like nothing ever read b4 🤖☠"

    like nothing ever read b4 it is a little confusing but great it's got space, cyberspace, slums, Japan and cats

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    George Griffith San Francisco 09-04-16
    George Griffith San Francisco 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm Hard to Please"

    I wouldn't go out of my way to suggest it to others, but am glad I read it.

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    Brian C. Wimbles San Francisco, CA USA 07-21-16
    Brian C. Wimbles San Francisco, CA USA 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "CourtReinland"

    Read the book before, awesome. The audiobook gripped me even more because of the well executed read. Gibson, still amazing after all these years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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