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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (113,193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Gibson Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sprawl Trilogy Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101536698
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Here is the novel that started it all—the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. With Neuromancer, William Gibson introduced the world to cyberspace—and science fiction has never been the same. 

Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway—jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way—and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance—and a cure—for a price…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed and chilling.”

    New York Times

  • “Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy, and decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance...Neuromancer, in every sense, is state-of-the-art.”

    Washington Post

  • “Exceptional texture and vision...Gibson opens up a new genre, with a finely crafted grittiness and a number of literary and computer inventions.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Epic in scale...shimmers like chrome in a desert sun.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fully realized in its geopolitical, technological, and psychosexual dimensions...A mind bender of a read.”

    Village Voice

  • “A debut novel set for brain stun! Streetwise SF... one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon!”

    Times (London)

  • “A revolutionary novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gibson’s debut novel is the book that forever changed science fiction with a visionary style that forged the cyberpunk genre. With narrator Robertson Dean at the helm, this story of a washed-out computer hacker who is hired to do the unthinkable is reborn...Dean’s ability to subtly shift his tone and conjure believable accents is particularly valuable in the realization of the story. The result is a listening experience that bears all the weight of a modern techno-thriller with all the excitement of an age-old adventure tale.”

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  • Winner of the 1985 Hugo Award
  • Winner of the 1984 Philip K. Dick Award
  • Winner of the 1984 Nebula Award
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 1985 John W. Campbell Award Nominee
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mona M | 2/9/2014

    " I was disappointed in this book. I read it and waited for something groundbreaking to happen and it never materialized. If I read this in high school it might have felt innovative, but the characters and plot were developed in a disjointed and chaotic fashion. Meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 carlageek | 2/5/2014

    " I just can't get through this. Take that one star with the caveat that it's based on only about 1/5 of the book - 1/5 of a narrative I found utterly unengaging, about dimensionless characters I was unable to relate to, written in impressionistic, confusing prose. Clearly not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Halpern | 2/4/2014

    " With the same break neck speed and fluidity of prose as the beat authors he grew up loving William Gibson's first novel can be a challenge to read but it's well worth it if you can get into it. I recomend this book to any sci-fi fan and any technology fans interested in seeing a future vision of a world quite similar to what our world could have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Heitsch | 1/23/2014

    " Saw this on a paperback rotating kiosk somewhere and noticed it had won the Hugo and Nebula awards the year before, so I grabbed it . I've read every Gibson book since, most at least twice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 1/21/2014

    " For a classic of SF this book is surprisingly rubbish - cliched and completely uninteresting characters, a formulaic and who-gives-a-shit plot. Still, it has a great opening sentence and I suppose back in the day it must have seemed really groundbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Hahn | 1/14/2014

    " The level of detail in this book is astounding to the point of being overwhelming. Requires an incredible amount of focus to read, but is definitely worth the perseverance it takes to make it through the book. Reading this book felt like work; you get out of the book what you put in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Cairns | 1/6/2014

    " For a book that came out 30 years ago it reads like it was written yesterday, go read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Mott | 1/5/2014

    " Awesome, and was a fabulous inspiration for my own writing. The finale was the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letterswitch | 1/4/2014

    " One of the most influential books of the last half of the twentieth century--the birth of cyberspace, the matrix, cyberpunk and a prophecy of our age. Rogue AI--Wintermute--creates path for its own transcendence, using Case the cowboy jacker and Molly the razor girl as its pawns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Revjonb | 12/24/2013

    " I heard this was a classic. And it is. Its a little dated but doesn't wear the miles poorly. Other than some of the prescience of it as fiction though, the characters aren't especially memorable. Worth a read but more as a cultural touchstone than as a must read book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Munn | 12/23/2013

    " this book is fantastic and artful now, and it must have been a mind exploder when it first came out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graeme | 12/20/2013

    " Nah not for me this one. Well written however I just couldn't engage with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 11/23/2013

    " Probably the book I studied the most in my life since it was my English master thesis subject ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett Adams | 11/17/2013

    " Started coming together for me around a third in. Love the nugget at the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Superstepa | 9/22/2013

    " Cyberpunk classic, fantastic setting and an overall engaging plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aline | 9/14/2013

    " I don't like the prose, but the story is fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Scott | 8/2/2013

    " I don't claim to have understood everything happening in this book, but it was a hell of a ride and such fun to see how someone in the early 80s foresaw how people would interact with computers. Definitely a sci-fi classic for a reason. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/21/2012

    " Wow! I guess I just don't get it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vivi | 9/14/2012

    " i'd rather have my teeth pulled with pain than ever having to read this thing again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jude Grebeldinger | 8/30/2012

    " Somehow I had missed this SciFi "classic" that set the stage for so many others today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Hughes | 8/28/2012

    " A good intro if you like the Cyberpunk genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Heine | 7/13/2012

    " This book makes me want to play Shadowrun again. I loved pretty much everything about this book except I couldn't get my head around what was going on in cyberspace. Just a style thing, really, cuz this was a lot of fun to read even so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marek Ventur | 5/7/2012

    " It's the second time I'm reading this, and it doesn't make for a better read than the last time. I might just be me, but I can't get into this book at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. E. | 7/19/2011

    " I'm glad I finally made it to this book. But I wish I'd read it back before The Matrix came out. I feel like some of its magic was (unfortunately) a little bit lost on me, given other, more recent sci-fi influences in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warren | 7/7/2011

    " My all-time, favorite book. I read this when it first came out, and it shaped a lot of my concepts of science fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frode | 7/2/2011

    " A cyberpunk sci-fi novel, but it was too nihilistic for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uva_be | 6/30/2011

    " Some friends have debated this with me, but I think this book is the foundation of the Matrix universe. Really wild entertaining imaginative story telling. and before you read it, take note of the original publish date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sieg | 6/26/2011

    " I heard that this book was awesome. I like sci-fi. I tried to read it and it was very hard to finish it. Well, it is extremely bland and a bit boring. A lot of great ideas, but not intiriguing, looks like you read some kind of report, not a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louisa | 6/25/2011

    " I barely started this book, before putting it away. I just couldn't get into it, plus the description wasn't something that made me want to read it. Oh, well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 6/21/2011

    " One of my all-time favorite books. I try to go back and re-read it every few years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pedro | 6/19/2011

    " I need to read it in English, because I enjoyed the edgy plot but somehow I feel like the words where sort of stumbled between themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 6/16/2011

    " Not great writing (even for sci-fi) but the ideas are more relevant than ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Homo | 6/16/2011

    " i wonder what ppl wil think ov this one in ad over 9000. gibsons characters are real crap etc but i gues u got ta read it for the memes "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 6/15/2011

    " I marked it as "read," but that's not exactly true. I couldn't make it through. A recommendation by my husband, it is right up his alley - but not mine. Ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/13/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars. Very powerful ending. Don't read this book in fits and starts, because you will forget who everyone is, what they want and what they were doing. Get some tea, sit on the couch and go through it in one go. "

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About the Author
Author William Gibson

William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, Agency, and The Perippheral, a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.