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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,508 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Gibson Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cayce Pollard is a new kind of prophet - a world renowned "coolhunter" who predicts the hottest trends. While in London to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo, she's offered a different assignment: find the creator of the obscure, enigmatic video clips being uploaded on the Internet - footage that is generating massive underground buzz worldwide. Still haunted by the memory of her missing father - a Cold War security guru who disappeared in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001 - Cayce is soon traveling through parallel universes of marketing, globalization, and terror, heading always for the still point where the three converge. From London to Tokyo to Moscow, she follows the implications of a secret as disturbing - and compelling - as the twenty-first century promises to be ... "Elegant, entrancing ... [Cayce's] globe-trotting gives Pattern Recognition its exultant, James Bond-ish edge..." ~The New York Times "Gibson's usual themes are still intact - globalism, constant surveillance, paranoia, and pattern recognition - only with the added presence of real-world elements..." ~Booklist Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2004 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shawn Roberts | 2/1/2014

    " Science Fiction is not my normal bailiwick. This book was tightly written, but the discursive reality of genre fiction is just not my thing. If you like Minority Report, this will be up your alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 1/14/2014

    " I picked this book up at the library because I felt like reading something a little more challenging than some of my recent books. This did challenge me more; I was even lost occasionally (but I question if that had more to do with the writing than my personal deficiencies). The biggest drawback of the book was that it took a very long time to get going--I didn't feel like there was much plot in the first 100 pages or so. The author (Gibson) used the opening of the book to lay a groundwork examination of marketing and globalization. I almost gave up, but when the plot finally took off, I was hooked and enjoyed it thoroughly. Personally I think Gibson could have done a better job of integrating his social commentary throughout the plot so the beginning wasn't so slow. A highlight of the book is the heroine, Cayce Pollard, who is smart, strong, interesting, and flawed enough to be personable. I also really appreciated how well Gibson wrote about the different cities that the book is set in. He conveyed the unique nuances of Tokyo just as I remember them, and because he did such a good job with Tokyo, I felt like I could trust his descriptions of London and Moscow even though I have not been to those cities. In summary, an interesting book examining the role of marketing and globalization in a post-9/11 world that has enough elements of a classic Russian spy novel to keep it suspenseful. Content warning: a smattering of strong language here and there, but generally a clean read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deanna | 1/13/2014

    " I can barely remember this book now, but I remember I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alistair | 1/3/2014

    " This is not the usual plot line for a Gibson story. I was suprised that I actually read it. But Gibson story is well written and there is enough character depth to keep you interested. "

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