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A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.
©1986 William Gibson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent !

Classique de la SF, second opus de la première trilogie. L'histoire est excellente, et l'auteur très doué. On s'attache aux personnages sur de petits détails extrêmement bien trouvé. chose importante dans un livre lu, le narrateur est fabuleux ! À plusieures reprises, j'ai cru qu'ils étaient plusieurs, mais c'est lui seul qui campe tous les personnages avec beaucoup de véracité.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • 18/01/2011

Where've you been all my life?

Discovering William Gibson and "The Sprawl Trilogy" as I fast approach forty, is like finding an unopened gift behind the Christmas tree, left there wrapped and undiscovered for the last 25 years. I'm kicking myself for not reading him earlier, but his writing is all the more amazing in 2011 for being so visionary in the mid 1980's. There are countless science fiction concepts he describes in this series that other writers have used for seeds of their own books or movies.

Jonathan Davis is brilliant as the narrator. I originally encountered Davis almost ten years ago as the narrator of Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash -- arguably my favorite audio book of all time. He does not disappoint here. All in all an astonishing creation.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Patrick
  • 11/10/2013

Well written and engaging but hard to follow

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was really hard for me to follow what was going on. Gibson is a good writer, but his habit of telling stories from three or four different perspectives without given much backstory or exposition makes it tough to track what is happening. I was lost the first seven hours, and it was only until the second half of the book that I finally started to understand how the threads intertwined.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Gibson is a gifted writer, and Jonathan Davis captured the dark mood of the story. Even when I didn't know what was going on or where Count Zero was going, I kept listening.

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  • Global
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  • Jerry
  • 12/07/2011

From Zero to Hero

I initially found this book to be the embodiment of tedium. I tried listening to it whilst on the go, which after all should be a major advantage of this format. This however proved to be anything but an advantage, as it was so easy to become distracted from the detail of the story and I often found myself zoning in and out of the narrative and wondering who these characters were. It wasn't until two hours from the end that I really got into the story and discovered that it was really rather exciting.
It held my interest right to the end and was so good that I felt compelled to listen to it again from the beginning and WOW! what a difference. I went from only persevering with it because I had paid for it to being reluctant to put it down. It was hard to believe that this was the same book and I was shocked at the amount of detail that I had initially missed. So if you decide that Count Zero is the biggest let down you have ever received from Audible as I did, then stick with it and maybe 're-read' it. You wont be disappointed.

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  • Greg
  • 16/12/2015

Not as good as Neuromancer

I loved Neuromancer and had already read it before listening to the audiobook. I think this might have helped with Count Zero. The different plot threads get confusing in this format and that's more a testament to how densely Gibson writes. The performance was really good, but it was just much harder to follow than its predecessor. Like I said, this one might be better read than listened to.

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  • Global
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  • Matthew Boehm
  • 15/05/2011

Decent Sci-Fi

Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent Sci-Fi book.

When reviewing science fiction books, the two aspects I consider are the strength of the story and novelty of the ideas introduced and how well they are developed.

The story did a decent job of inter-weaving multiple plot lines, but the characters could have been stronger. Gibson does a good job of creating his own slang, but sometimes relies on this too heavily in his dialog. It can make the dialog sound cool and futuristic, but once undressed, many of the spoken sentences are pretty simple and uninteresting.

The book explores interesting ideas related to different forms of computing, stronger interfaces with computers, and a practical religion tied to many modern issues. He does this better than many authors, but there are times where I would have liked him to explore a bit deeper.

I know this review sounds negative and nit-picky, but I did still very much enjoy this book and am giving it 4 stars.

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  • Alan Odonnell
  • 18/04/2016

Falls far short of its predecessor.

Struggled to finish this book. Its roles are filled with less memorable characters and a muddled plot line. Lacking the magic of the new the first one this book leaves you not wanting more. Narrator is pretty good but can be a little monotone which combined with the storyline make paying attention a stuggle at times.

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  • Pie
  • 10/04/2013

Young Gibson --> one of the easiest to enter...

Gibson writes with a very dense, thick weaving of concepts... artistically presented :) This early book is very easy to get into and pretty easy to follow (comparatively speaking). Almost plain English from a Gibson-ion fan sort of standpoint. BUT you will have to pay a little bit of attention until you get your feet under you. LOL. Three separate story lines converge, slowly. Very interesting story. Not terribly dated...but a tad...although not in a too jarring way if you are willing to let the story carry you along. I enjoyed it a LOT... but I'm not really "normal". Form your own opinion :)

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  • Alexei
  • 15/02/2017

disappointed

no depth to the story or purpose. disliked the reading a lot due to poorly timed pauses. loved neuromancer though.

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  • Umut Isik
  • 20/03/2014

Sequel to Neuromancer, great book, amazing narrat.

This is a great book of the cyberpunk genre and a sequel to Neuromancer. Society as we know it has broken down, hackers (cowboys or cyberspace-deck-jockeys) and private security are being hired to do the bidding of multinational companies. AI, the matrix, advanced biotech... all kinds of cool stuff are going down. These are all forming the background to three interesting stories that converge into the same one.

Davis' narration is amazing. The intensity, the speed, the voices, the accents... it is perfect. It is essentially because of his narration that I listen to more audio books and have joined audible. (I would also recommend Snow Crash and the Windup Girl, also narrated by Davis)

One warning is that Gibson's writing is very dense. Gibson's cyberpunk jargon is in every sentence and concentration is needed in order to understand things. You may still get the overall story, but this kind of writing is quite clever and it is fun to fully understand where the terms are coming from, so I recommend that you listen to this audio book in a setting where you can fully concentrate and you can make use of the rewind and forward buttons sometimes. I do this while walking.

Overall: a great cyberpunk novel from 1986 that feels like it's from 2006 and an amazing narration.

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  • Erik
  • 25/01/2013

It was all over the place

Would you try another book from William Gibson and/or Jonathan Davis?

I know I should expect the unorganized style of writing from William Gibson. He is a challenge to read anyway, but this was just too all over the place. The concepts and direction were too drawn out. The pace of this book, considering it's intensity and complex word structure, was too slow. I would zone out, getting lost on the extended dialogues.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a William Gibson book. I listened to Neuromancer. That wasn't as bad. I actually like it.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

It was engaging. It's just too bad the story line and dialogue didn't work.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Count Zero?

I don't know, I stopped listening before the first half.

Any additional comments?

If you are a William Gibson fan, you will like this. But, if you are into futuristic sci-fi, this will even lose you.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff
  • 19/08/2013

Achtung: Sprecher nicht jedermanns Sache

Zum Buch an sich möchte ich hier gar nichts sagen, da ich es noch nicht durch bin. Ich habe das Hörbuch nach ca. zwei Stunden abgebrochen, da ich den Sprecher auf Dauer unerträglich finde. Er macht oft lange, aus meiner Sicht übertriebene Pausen zwischen den Sätzen. Für mich ist dadurch das Zuhören zur Geduldsprobe statt zum Vergnügen geworden. Daher rate ich jedem, sich die Hörprobe genau anzuhören und auf die Sprechpausen zu achten.

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  • Matthias Feit
  • 10/02/2017

excellent!

The best William Gibson novel out of the sprawl trilogy. Enjoyed every minute of it.