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Neuromancer

Written by: William Gibson
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Sprawl Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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The pioneering novel for the cyberspace genre and winner of the Hugo Award, Nebula Award and Philip K. Dick Award, Neuromancer is the masterpiece science fiction audiobook written by William Gibson and narrated by American actor Jeff Harding. Humans spend every second hooked up to The Matrix, a complex technical cyber-reality. Case is a cyber-thief working his way through The Matrix stealing whatever he can until he is caught and banished to the dangerous outside world, the real world. When he’s tempted with a chance to go back in again he could risk losing everything, including his life. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

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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necessary book for nerds

unbelievable how much influence this book has on today's culture... and provides reasons to worry about the future.

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intresting

I like this kind of narration. The one that you can easily tell who is speaking. It was an interesting story to listen too.

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Very good

This book defined a genre. It was the first novel in the "Cyberpunk" mode. Amazing when it came out...innovative, original.
Since then, there have been thousands of books written in the same vein. At times this novel reads like a Chandler novel. I kept waiting for a Bogart impression, calling someone "Schweetheart" and commenting on the girl's "gams".
I'm not a big fan of the genre, except as a background like for 'Bladerunner'. Gibson waay overdoes the atmosphere. We get it. The world sucks.
Where does this fit in the vast field of Dystopian Cyberpunk?
Gibson's novel reads as just above average. 5 out of 10 stars

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  • Leon
  • 2012-07-01

A Mind-Bender Of A Read.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-16

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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  • Nicholas
  • 2015-02-24

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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  • Lemonsqueezy
  • 2015-08-16

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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