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Discovering William Gibson and "The Sprawl Trilogy" as I fast approach forty, is like finding an unopened gift behind the Christmas tree, left there wrapped and undiscovered for the last 25 years. I'm kicking myself for not reading him earlier, but his writing is all the more amazing in 2011 for being so visionary in the mid 1980's. There are countless science fiction concepts he describes in this series that other writers have used for seeds of their own books or movies.
Jonathan Davis is brilliant as the narrator. I originally encountered Davis almost ten years ago as the narrator of Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash -- arguably my favorite audio book of all time. He does not disappoint here. All in all an astonishing creation.
32 of 34 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
It was really hard for me to follow what was going on. Gibson is a good writer, but his habit of telling stories from three or four different perspectives without given much backstory or exposition makes it tough to track what is happening. I was lost the first seven hours, and it was only until the second half of the book that I finally started to understand how the threads intertwined.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Gibson is a gifted writer, and Jonathan Davis captured the dark mood of the story. Even when I didn't know what was going on or where Count Zero was going, I kept listening.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The storyline of this book is right up my alley and I was excited to listen to it. Unfortunately I got so frustrated with the narrator's speed of speech that I had to stop listening. There are long "meaningful" pauses randomly in sentences making it hard to follow and concentrate.
I even attempted speeding up the playback speed to help, but this wasn't enough to cover up for the weird distracting pauses.
Very disappointed as I want to read this book, but this one will have to be read the traditional way for me so I can enjoy it.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
It's not as good as the first book but it's still an involving and thought-provoking listen. I liked Jonathon Davis' narration but I can see why others didn't.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The story was fine, but the performance is slow and almost at a whisper, as if the narrator is trying to lull you to sleep. So, that made it harder to get through the recording.