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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.
©2014 William Gibson (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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By Christopher R McLaughlin on 04-27-15

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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By Tristan G R Wall on 05-29-15

Worst Narration Ever

What would have made The Peripheral better?

A different narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

Anyone. She has such a terrible way of speaking for this book. It's so breathy and feels like it should be in a romance novel. It absolutely threw me off and I couldn't listen to anymore of this. I'll get the book on Kindle because I really want to understand the story but I just really can't believe who ever is in charge of getting the narrator though that she was a good choice. It makes me sad because they probably won't get a different narrator either. What a waist of my time and money.

Any additional comments?

Usually I don't put the overall score down because of bad narration but I did in this case because it was such a terrible mis-match that the story was unbearable.

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23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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