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Author: William Gibson Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Series:The Sprawl Trilogy Release Date: June 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781101536698

Publisher Description

Neuromancer is the multiple award-winning novel that launched the astonishing career of William Gibson. The first fully-realized glimpse of humankind's digital future, it is a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about our technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.

Now, for the first time, Ace Books is proud to present this groundbreaking literary achievement in a trade paperback edition.

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Quotes

  • “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 heavy tone brings with it a weight that lifts the tale to new heights…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. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Though it appeared before the advent of the World Wide Web, William Gibson’s seminal work is eerily prescient. Much of the book takes place in cyberspace, an expression Gibson coined and defined…Gibson’s protagonist, Case, is a computer hacker…and so begins the novel’s swift unfolding. The canonical book explores the implications of increasingly powerful artificial intelligence.”

    - New York Times
  • “Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy, and decadent…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

Awards

  • Winner of the 1985 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1984 Philip K. Dick Award
  • Winner of the 1984 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Nominated for the John W. Campbell Award 
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A New York Times Pick of 3 Books on Cyber War, May 2017

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Mona, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - carlageek, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Joseph, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Paul, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Ian, 1/21/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Eric, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Bob, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Anna, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Letterswitch, 1/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Revjonb, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Jordan, 12/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Graeme, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Peggy, 11/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Brett, 11/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Superstepa, 9/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Aline, 9/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Rebecca, 8/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Katie, 12/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

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

    - Vivi, 9/14/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Jude, 8/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Patrick, 8/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Adam, 7/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Marek, 5/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - S., 7/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Warren, 7/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Frode, 7/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Uva_be, 6/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Sieg, 6/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Louisa, 6/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Justin, 6/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Pedro, 6/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Andrew, 6/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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 "

    - Homo, 6/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Angela, 6/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Julie, 6/13/2011

About the Author

William Gibson is the highly acclaimed, multiaward-winning author of science fiction novels, with six books reaching the New York Times bestsellers list. His first novel, Neuromancer, won the 1984 Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. In 2019, he was named the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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.