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The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and micro bionics have left him broken and close to death. But at last, Case has found a cure. He’s going back into the system. Not for the bliss of cyberspace, but to steal again, this time from the big boys, the almighty mega corps. In return, should he survive, he will stay cured.

©2012 William Gibson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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  • Leon
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 07-01-12

A Mind-Bender Of A Read.

Any additional comments?

It has all the elements of a top rate science fiction and a post-industrial dystopian novel. First published in 1984, it was ahead of its time. It coined the term "cyberspace" which Gibson, long before the internet and other virtual technologies were integrated into everyday life, described as "a three-dimensional representation of computer data through which users communicate and do business, alongside a whole host of more dubious activities." In fact, this book said to have inspired a generation of technophiles.

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Great book, good performance

Enough has been said about the book over the last 30 years that I don't need to add anything more. As for the performance, it's pretty good, the narrator slips in his accents every once in a while, which can be a little distracting. The female voices are also kind of comical. Overall a pleasurable listening experience.

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Bad narration

Would you try another book from William Gibson and/or Jeff Harding?

Gibson is one of the stars of the genre, and I was looking forward to revisiting Neuromancer after I first read it years ago. Sadly, this performance is betrayed by terrible narration; Harding's voice is horribly annoying, and when he tries to do characters' voices he descends to amateurish depths. I wasn't able to stand more than about fifteen minutes of it.

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Neuromancer Unplugged

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not really relevant. I pulled the plug on this audiobook a third of the way in, still waiting for plot direction to kick in. Additionally, no character development had occurred and I felt no empathy towards either of the main characters. The only thing that kept me in that far was the time investment already expended and the hope that it had to get better.

Has Neuromancer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Of course not. There's lots of great books of this genre out there.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

The thing I am trying to erase from my mind is his voice describing a soft-sex scene. It is distinctive and better suited elsewhere. Maybe westerns or action-hero type stories.

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

I like the title. Everything else can go!

Any additional comments?

I am not at all a demanding reader. I just need a plot or character that keep me coming back - don't we all. You'll have to make that decision about this book yourself if you're unsure.

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  • DjanSeriy2020
  • 06-29-12

READ THIS INSTEAD OF THE (RUBBISH) BLURB ABOVE

Oh dear. Whoever wrote the official blurb above has clearly not even bothered to read the book. Here's something slightly more accurate courtesy of me and Amazon.com:

"Here is the novel that started it all, launching the Cyberpunk generation, and the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. With Neuromancer, William Gibson introduced the world to cyberspace - and science fiction has never been the same."

Case was a cowboy cruising the information superhighway; one of the best - jacking his consciousness into the Matrix, soaring through tactile latices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. But then he made the classic mistake and stole from his employers - who caught him and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courts death in the high-tech Chiba underworld...until a new employer, and his scary little razorgirl, scoops him up and offers him the cure he thought didn't exist - in return for one last run.


All of the above is for the book, of course. And I would add that, although most reviews concentrate on its massive impact on the SF genre and indeed wider culture, personally I just love the way Gibson uses words. He's a real artist (which sometimes disappoints those looking for something more prosaic) and what he does with language - and his eerie grasp of the human condition - at times approaches the sublime.

As for the audiobook: the narrator could be better. I can just about handle the massively macho American timbre (amusing rather than grating; unlike Gibson's other Audible narrators) but the careless mistakes, clunky artistic choices (the Finn's accent; oh dear) and lack of talent depicting female characters are harder to forgive. But forgive them, I do, because the quality of the writing shines through making such minor quibbles irrelevant.

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  • Icewraithuk
  • 02-08-15

Really came alive, excellent

Very well read and the characterisation worked well, some accents took a little getting used to - the Molly in my head didn't sound quite so weedy, but it worked and I enjoyed the listen immensely

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  • Joel
  • 12-07-14

Genesis of cyberpunk - not showing its age

What did you like most about Neuromancer?

The characterisation and punchy style of the writing stands out, holding the reader's attention. The very human needs of the characters allows the reader to identify with an unfamiliar world with the sci-fi elements well blended into the background.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Case holds his own as a central character. A good mixture of wit, toughness and a wonderful half-felt cynicism - you never know its hiding a more optimistic and positive side.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is one of Jeff Harding's weaker performances by his excellent standards and still manages to be beat a lot of the competition. It sounded like one from his earlier days before he settled into full book narration.

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

No - I rarely listen to a book in a one go and tend to listen on the move.

Any additional comments?

The book lived up to expectations as the main progenitor of cyperpunk. Overall, an enjoyable and entertaining book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Benjamin
  • 03-06-14

Amazing - never head anything so brilliant

Stunning amazing genius - very very impressive. Computer scifi at its finest. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Ch3nz
  • 04-08-13

excellent

first time reading it. and i realised i should have read it ages ago. i could clearly see how this has influenced the matrix. yery well read

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  • Joe Public
  • 02-05-15

Couldn't finish -(

Despite multiple attempts to read the actual book - never could finish it. Trying listening rendered the same results.
It may well be a classic in cyber-punk, but impossible to follow the plot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-17

Probably just me..

Just couldn't get on with this title personally. At no point during the story did I feel like I knew what was going on. The performances were good on the whole except for the female 'Molly' who was so quiet compared to the rest of the characters I couldn't hear her dialogue.

Perhaps it was just me as I usually listen whilst commuting to work in the car and as such an not giving the book my full attention but didn't finish book in the end as I just couldn't bring myself to listen any more..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-16

Great book but couldn't hear a lot!

volume levels really different between characters, hard to hear some characters which made it hard to follow and had to re listen a fair bit.

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  • Warren
  • 03-06-16

Not the best

Story is off its nut. No continuity no real structure. More intent on cool jargon than real bite

Narration .... Really bad ...... One could describe it as scratchy. Although I'm sure trying to put a slant on this novel would be hard for anyone .

Got half way through ..... Have given up .

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  • Thomas Moulson
  • 04-05-15

Found it hard to follow

I really wanted to like this but got lost in what was happening. . never really felt like it made much sense although I could tell there was lots of cool ideas in there which the matrix etc have stolen.

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  • john
  • 01-16-16

Not a fan of reading

I found the narrator's voice quite harsh. With the volume down it was too hard to follow but with the volume up his voice was quite hard on my ears

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  • V
  • 05-04-17

Please speak up.

The narration itself, as in the voices used, and rhythm of reading was good. But the volume varied so greatly that if you want to hear the women, and some other side characters talking, the you will go deaf when the main character speaks.
Very hard to follow without hearing half the characters. Needed to replay a lot of the book to work out what was said.

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  • Vytautas
  • 04-20-15

Interesting science fiction.

Worth reading, a good painting of what crime might look like in the future.

Narrator was good, his voice suits the scene. Maybe hammed it up a bit too much with accents and female voices.

This book has a lot of existential descriptions about things happening in cyberspace and inside the character's mind. I found these a bit hard to follow at times. If you listen chapter by chapter you should be alright. Stopping the story mid sentence can lead to confusion.

I found it difficult to follow the motives of the characters, including computer AI. I am unsure if this is my failing or if they don't make sense. This is not light reading and a notebook might bebe handy for tracking changes in the story (plot "twists").

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  • Duncan
  • 11-05-17

Volume is inconsistent

The narrator is great but all of the female voice are done in a quiet, whispery tone that meant I was constantly needing to adjust the volume up and down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-17

Audio frustrating.

Loved the story but the volume balance between the narration, the main character and voices was incredibley frustrating.

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  • Simon
  • 09-13-17

inconsistent volume

different character voices have different volume levels making this book almost impossible to enjoy, causing deafening loud periods and infuriating quiet episodes of unheard dialogue.

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  • Toby Roberts
  • 08-23-17

Cool story but Hard to Listen to

Cool story but hard to follow in audio format. Had to force myself to listen to the whole thing without ever really understanding exactly what was happening.

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  • User
  • 07-08-17

Great but creepy voices used.

Amazing book but when the narrator reads for the computers he is hard to hear and when he reads for the females he sounds lime the elderly pedophile from Family Guy. Over all though pretty solid.

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  • Daniel
  • 09-21-16

confusing

perhaps not the best choice for my first dip into science fiction as it was confusing at times. overall though i still wanted to know what happened to the characters and was engaged in tge story

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  • D. Wildsmith
  • 03-29-15

There's a classic behind this man's voice.

The drawl of the narrator really distracts and diminishes the impact of the novel. I found it difficult to engage with the story. I'll be returning to print for this particular book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful