Neuromancer : Sprawl Trilogy

  • by William Gibson
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • Series: Sprawl Trilogy
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.

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Customer Reviews

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Still my favorite novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. I've had a poor track record recommending anything of Gibson's to my friends. They just don't get it. Reading (or listening to) his work is like reading poetry: either you get inside his headspace and understand, or you scratch your head and wonder why other people like this drivel.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No. Robertson Dean's narration suits the Bigend Trilogy far better than it does the Sprawl Trilogy. He's laconic and doesn't have much variation to his voice to differentiate between characters. Neuromancer builds to a fever pitch, and Dean can't match it. If you can manage it, listen to the abridged version that's read by Gibson himself. It's out of print, but can occasionally be found on eBay. It's worth it. (Note to Audible - please obtain the rights to that version!!!)


Any additional comments?

Despite the narration, I'm glad to have this version as well. Unabridged is always more fun.

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- Amazon Customer

Great book. Terrible performance.

A really interesting piece of work that requires your undevided attention when listening (so may not be ideal if you are multitasking) due to the complexity of the narrative.

Which brings us to the main con of this particular audiobook... the narrator is terrible. He sounds extremely monotone and disinterested, to a point where it feels like you are listening to a math problems book. It's especially bad at the start when the plot moves at a really slow pace.

This becomes especially evident when compared to the other two books in the series, which are much better narrated.

So yeah, I would suggest you skip the audio version and just get a regular book, it'll be a much better experience.
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- Denis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio