Neuromancer

Neuromancer

Sprawl Trilogy, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned a light on. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene. It permeated into our consciousness, our culture, our science, and our technology. The winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer showed us what we were capable of creating and what we were capable of destroying—and illuminated the dark corners of the path we were headed down. Today, we have this science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing our way into the information age and Internet society.

Neuromancer's virtual reality has become our own. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that will take us ever further into the future.
From the Compact Disc edition.

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xarathustra
Jul 04, 2020

A blend of the fantasy of reality that is science and philosophy.

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CMLPratt
Oct 20, 2018

I agree it is a difficult book to follow. There were times the blur between imagination and reality were too difficult to discern. Still, an excellent piece of science fiction which, when written, was an amazingly accurate prediction of the internet, virtual reality, and the obsession of some with the world wide web. DEFINITELY worth listening to or reading.

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1aa
Sep 09, 2017

There are many highly arresting phrases in this book and delightfully surprising expressions too. I lost track of the main plot, but the many subplots were clear enough and it was interesting to listen to. It was rather spooky, since it describes things that could be said to be occurring now, or are going to occur in the near future. The narration is clear with what I at first thought was an overly deep voice, but I adjusted to it, and he was able to put on and switch the various characters voices rather well. It certainly worth re listening to (or reading).

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MajorMajorX2
Apr 15, 2017

I have to laugh at the other reviews. This is an amazing classic and very well read. What a well imagined world and such diverse and different characters. Truly an amazing vision of things to come. If you love the internet, rogue AIs, razor girls, and a bleak and guady future you should read / listen to this true sci-fi classic.

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StarGladiator
Oct 01, 2014

Once upon a time I really enjoyed Gibson's 2 short stories, Burning Chrome and Johnny Mnemonic, but after his embarrassingly stupid and idiotic NY Times op-ed piece, most incorrectly proclaiming Stuxnet to be the work of a basement newbie [Stuxnet was state-of-the art cracker/command&control&comm/ attackware, costing $20 miilion] I've lost all interest in G.

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LaPhenixa
Nov 23, 2013

While the world is vividly imagined, I never engaged with the story nor the characters. At no point did I feel a sense of worry or dread for them, nor did they ever sway my passions. End the end I felt like I was back where I'd started: with no sense of destination nor accomplishment.

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chweeks
May 29, 2013

I really wanted to like this book. It started out really well, I enjoyed the premise, setting and characters, but about half way through I had a really dificult time staying focused (I guess that was my problem) it got confusing to me as what was going on to who and who the characters were as reality begain to get strange
I had no isues with the quality of the recording or the reader.

roadshowrigoletto Dec 01, 2011

There's something hinky about the recording. I do audio so I found this unbearable. So after Gibson dealt with all the things he got wrong, i.e., cell phones and the fall of the Soviet Union, I pulled it from the disk player. That's all, folks.

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chweeks
May 29, 2013

chweeks thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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