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Pattern Recognition

Written by: William Gibson
Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet.

An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

©2003 William Gibson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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"A masterful performance." ( Chicago Tribune)
"One of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century." ( Washington Post Book World)
"Completely contemporary...his best book." ( San Francisco Chronicle Book Review)

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  • john
  • Battery Point, Australia
  • 2017-08-17

occasional pronunciation clangers

While not one of Gibson's greatest this is one of my favorites in spite of its flaws.

The narrator was very good with the strange exception of Americans to refuse to learn how English names and places are pronounced. Mainwaring and Bournemouth are not so obscure that a few minutes research would fail to produce guidance on how to say them in a way that is not cringe producing and embarrassing for a person and a company that makes its living from the spoken word.

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  • Josh
  • 2015-08-10

Interesting and very unique

Would you consider the audio edition of Pattern Recognition to be better than the print version?

I do not have a physical copy but Shelly Frasier has an outstanding performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pattern Recognition?

I really enjoyed the final act. When you start to see the full picture and the character arc that has been happening this whole time smacks you in the face.

Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but now intend to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think.

Any additional comments?

Great book. Very unique but also very Gibson. I will need to re-listen or read. I was so caught up in the mystery that I didn't fully understand the story was about Cayce until it was almost over.