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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736638369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736638364
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,096,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Alper on June 12 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those of you out there under the age of 30, it may be hard to fathom the impact of Neuromancer and the stories that preceded it (collected in "Burning Chrome"). I really am NOT exaggerating when I tell you they changed the world.
When "Neuromancer" was published, SF was a genre whose time had passed. While some good writers & old masters were laboring in the trenches & publishing to the same fans they always had, there was really no mass market conciousness of SF except as the source of bad 50's monster movies. "Neuromancer" changed that. "Neuromancer" caused an entire generation to look at computers as something cool rather than nerdy. "Neuromancer" created the concept of "cyberspace" (without which you would not currently be accessing Amazon). "Neuromancer" even gave Bill Gates the name for his fledging operating systems company. Yup, folks, this is THE book!
I very clearly remember first reading this. It was about 1 year after it was published, & I had the vaguest of notions concerning the subject. If I'd read the short stories that preceded it, they had somehow not registered in my conciousness. Page one: CHIBA CITY BLUES what a cool title! Then that famous opening paragraph "The sky was the color of a TV tuned to a blank channel." I thought I'd died & gone to literary heaven! I was convinced this was the reason I'd learned to read 15 years prior, I had been waiting all this time for "Neuromancer"!
I could sum the plot up for you. I could tell you why Gibson's writing is so technically brilliant. I could quote page after page. But why? I feel sorry for the readers who haven't experienced "Neuromancer" because you lost the opportunity to watch a book change the world. Now it's 20 years later. Don't get me wrong: THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! But you'll never experience the mind-bending rush of possibilities now that the future in the book has become a reality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Andres on March 27 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With Necromancer William Gibson virtually invented cyberpunk, his imaginative vision of a matrix of interconnected computer systems is a true a landmark of Sci-Fi; the tale of a data thief who risks everything to re-establish his lost connection with the drug that is cyberspace.

Case has lost his ability to jack in; a vengeful employer has ravaged his body's nerves system, effectively locking him out of the net. New employment presents itself in the form of a strangely cold new employer and a deal is struck; rebuild his body in exchange for his expertise within the network. His new assignment places him in the company of Molly, a beautiful technologically enhanced assassin, her body transformed by nano-surgical augmentation. Thrust into a dangerous game together, she provides the muscle and he the technological link to the world of the matrix. Making a play against a powerful rouge AI, they find themselves face to face with authoritative corporations, and violent warring programs with in the code. They are aided by a human construct, a former hacker whose entire conciseness's has been captured and imbedded in silicon.

A journey into a mad world, a drug addled populace feeding on the excesses of human desire and rampant uncontrolled technology. Ceaseless body modification and augmentation blur the line between young and old, man and cyborg; A terrifying vision of a morally bankrupt society living on the edges of insanity.

The matrix is a vivid electronic forest, an endless neon light of raw data. Case jacks in and escapes the realities of flesh, existing only in the lucid realm of the code.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MicahA on Jan. 16 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Normally I would attempt to explain to plot behind "Neuromancer," but in this case I'm going to skip it. I'm going to make a statement that will make all of you judge me: "I do not understand anything that happens in this book."
Now, I'm no sesquipedalian by any means, but I've been able to decipher some pretty convoluted plots, and understand wording in a variety of poor or difficult writing styles. I have NO idea what is happening in this book. I can't understand its metaphors, I can't for the life of me understand what is going on at any one time, where they are, who people are... This book won many awards, and I'm guessing it deserved them. In fact, I've never read a science fiction book that plays with language as well as this book does. It's amazing, and the way he uses words is the only reason I continued reading. I felt like I was becoming a better writer each time I finished a sentence. However, maybe it is because I normally read basic fiction, maybe I missed a few key phrases... Maybe I'm just an idiot... But I don't understand it. I'm sorry.
If you like well written books that you can use to understand how to write yourself, I may still recommend this book to you. It's very well written and original. However, if you stumble through understanding plots in the books you read, I'm stay away from this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OpenMind TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 17 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Those who denounce Gibson's prototypical cyberpunk masterpiece as "unreadable" need an examination. Thoroughly imaginative and filled with intrigue, it's the story of Case, an antihero who, deprived of his cybernetic modifications, sets out to reclaim his powers by working for a shady outfit. Accompanied by Molly, a "Razorgirl" with modifications of her own, Case sets out to pull off the ultimate hack. Can he trust his employer, Armitage, a flesh-and-byte construct? Will Molly betray him? How does he complete his mission? Neuromancer is well-paced, interlaces imagery with creative concepts, and traces a bleak vision of the technology-addled future...but colours it with the possibility of redemption.
Many of the ideas from later works, such as Stephenson's "Snow Crash" or the Wachowski brothers' "Matrix" trilogy...uh..."borrow" liberally from what stands as the gold standard of the cyberpunk genre.
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