The Peripheral

  • by William Gibson
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010's New York Times best-selling Zero History.
Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He's supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That's all there is to it. He's offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn't what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.

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Incredibly great across the board

I've been listening to and reading a lot of really good books lately, but this one beats all of them hands down.

I finished reading a widely acclaimed 2014 book last week that had much more publicity and seemed to get a great deal of critical notice (and is probably on the front page of your audible list too), but doesn't even come close to the quality of this one.

That book left me feeling completely unsatisfied and disappointed with the time I spent reading it. Listening to The Peripheral had the complete opposite effect.

Gibson's writing feels as prescient as Neuromancer (which really foretold the creation of the Internet and cyberspace in the 80s), is wonderfully avant-garde and political, but comes across as thoroughly modern and character driven as any of the great HBO shows. It's also more satisfying than anything else I've read, listened to or seen recently.

I really can't recommend this book enough. Total win.
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- Christopher R McLaughlin

Amazing vision of the future

While swapping between two timeline/realities, an epic battle of wills unfolds. The near future so plausible and so deeply observant of current trends, is brought through the eyes of the unwilling heroine. The farther future is so advanced it's almost anti-cyberpunk, but so logically the next steps past dystopia and entropy where nanotech takes a central role. It's still a frightening and enthralling future; still such a clear path from where we are headed today. The mystery and tension he weaves throughout ratchets up constantly. Never fear the dose of jargon almost every bit is explained somewhere along the wild ride.
Beware the heavy dose of expletives.
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- Big McLargeHuge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio