• The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-28-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the best-selling author of Neuromancer.
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association, in compensation for neurological damage suffered in a Marines elite unit. Flynne earns what she can by assembling product at the local 3D printshop. She used to make more as a combat scout in an online game, playing for a rich man, but she's had to let the shooter games go.
Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things are pretty good now, for the haves, and there aren't many have-nots left. Wilf, a high-powered publicist and celebrity-minder, fancies himself as a romantic misfit in a society where reaching into the past is just another hobby.Burton's been moonlighting online, secretly working security in some game prototype, a virtual world that looks vaguely like London, but a lot weirder. He's got his sister taking over shifts, promised her the game's not a shooter. Still, the crime Flynne witnesses there is plenty bad.
Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, irrevocably, and Wilf's, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the past can be badass.
According to the Guardian, in terms of influence Gibson is 'probably the most important novelist of the past two decades'. The Peripheral, which marks a return to the futurism of Neuromancer, will be adored by Gibson readers and will also appeal to fans of Ender's Game, Looper and Source Code.
©2014 William Gibson (P)2015 Penguin Random House
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Critic Reviews

"Superb....frantic with imagination and frantic with the appetite to see what happens next" (Ned Beauman, Observer)
"What a glorious ride! Like the woman said: brain 'splode" (Sam Leith, Guardian)
"This is a mesmerizing, captivating, haunting book - a wonderful addition to a brilliant oeuvre" (Harry Ritchie, Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tristram on 11-18-16

A Ripper!

Best Gibson in ages! And I've liked all the others. Narrator was an excellent match.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Doug on 08-01-16

Somewhat disappointed

William Gibson is one of the stand out authors in the world for me. The man is a genius in his perceptive readings of the world and has a passing genius of the zeitgeist which always makes his books a great read. Unfortunately I found this last offering didn't really pull me into the story at all and I was left without that feeling of thrill or wonder which I have had from all his previous novels. Everyone should have one duffer in them and I hope this is WG's, to me he is a legend and it was only really the lovely voice of Lorelei King which saved the day. Sorry if you read this William but maybe my expectations were just too high as everything else from your wang (wink) is a masterpiece!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt Bellringer on 07-25-15

Another great Gibson book

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

This is a return to the high-future scifi of William Gibson's earlier books after the Bigend trilogy, but is still grounded in an unsettling sense of the present. It may not be the first of his books I'd recommend, but it is great nonetheless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Peripheral?

The conclusion, without wanting to give anything away, is at once both rewarding and has a strange sense of continuity about it. The whole world of the book has stuck with me for days after finishing it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Claudia on 02-09-18

Utterly incomprehensible

I couldn't finish this book as it was impossible to follow the plot due to the ridiculous tech jargon. Additionally, the story jumped around between different times and characters as well as individual characters having several different names which again made it impossible to comprehend. The premise is interesting but very poorly executed for the general readership.

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