Pattern Recognition

  • by William Gibson
  • Narrated by Shelly Frasier
  • 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Still, Cayce is her father's daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn. Win Pollard, ex-security expert, probably ex-CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead. Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work. She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.

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What the Critics Say

"With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place and the often chaotic sense of disorientation experienced while globe hopping." (Booklist)
"William Gibson's new novel is so good it defies all the usual superlatives." (Seattle Times)
"Gibson's ability to hit the sweet spot of cutting-edge culture is uncanny." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Elegant, entrancing." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Not Unabridged

This audiobook is advertised as "unabridged," but I consider editing for un-pc language to be abridged. Disappointed in the recording. It is abridged, IMO.
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- Laura

Gibson catches up with the present

William Gibson likes to say that all sci-fi is really about the present. His first three books (The "Sprawl Trilogy": Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) are set in a fairly distant future of cyberspace, AI and wetware while his most recent trilogy (The "Bridge" Trilogy": Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties) describes a more recent future of enhanced reality, virtual pop stars and nanotech.

Pattern Recognition occurs in the post-911 world of cool hunting, googling and garage Kubricks where the "future is already here, just not evenly distributed." I really love this book which is full of subtle jokes and mindgames. I have bought multiple copies for friends who may have not found Gibson's earlier works as accessible.

I was very excited when the audio book was finally available (there was even a cool fan audio blog that covered the first couple chapters that was fun in the interim). The audible version is very well-done and it is fun to finally hear this wonderful book in Shelly Frasier's sultry "Cayce"-ish voice. I highly recommend this book and it audio counterpart.
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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-20-2004
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio