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Pattern Recognition

Lu par : Shelly Frasier
Série : Blue Ant, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 22 min

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The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast best seller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now....

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 to 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 21st century promises to be....

©2003 William Gibson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critiques

" Pattern Recognition is William Gibson's best book since he rewrote all the rules in Neuromancer." (Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods)
"One of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century." ( The Washington Post Book World)

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  • Mika LaVaque-Manty
  • 14/12/2018

Only gets better with age

This was among first and more subtle post-9/11 novels. I had read it in the mid-2000s in hard copy, but I wanted to revisit it as an audiobook. I found Shelly Frasier's performance a perfect fit for the novel, its mood, and the characters. (She mispronounces some of the cultural-studies scholars' names, but since they are mentioned only in passing, and as pretentious affectations, that's all fine.)

I can see why readers who have "Neuromancer" in mind might be surprised or even disappointed, as some of the reviews here suggest. But I find the whole Blue Ant trilogy, which "Pattern Recognition" begins, just as powerful as his explicit sci-fi. They capture what Gibson himself called "that spooky post-geographic feeling" in the documentary "No Maps for These Territories." In "Pattern Recognition," 9/11 is both central and not, as it sets the mood and provides one of the key puzzles for the book, but mainly isn't the explicit focus. Listening to the book fifteen years after it came out and seventeen after 9/11, I was struck by how well it takes the reader back to the period -- which was also the time we were recovering from the dot-com bust -- and at the same time feels timeless. Even the period fashion and technology, which Gibson has an incredible eye and ear for, don't feel dated, although that may be because Doc Martens boots and Buzz Rickson's jackets are themselves timeless.




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  • Mary C Bartel
  • 04/02/2019

Fantastic Story with a Truly Gifted Narrator

Wow, wow, wow. If you likes the Sprawl series and Peripheral you will love this. The story and characters and very well developed. The insights on consumerism through the eyes of the main character are still so relevant today in the age of the "influencer."

The language is both lovely and thought provoking --

"[...] simulacra of simulacra of simulacra. A dilute tincture of Ralph Lauren, who had himself diluted the glory days of Brooks Brothers, who themselves had stepped on the product of Jermyn Street and Savile Row ... There must be some Tommy Hilfiger event horizon, beyond which it is impossible to be more derivative, more removed from the source, more devoid of soul."

I went back and listened to a few chapters just for sheer pleasure--that's always a great sign. And the narrator -- thank you to Shelly Frasier for bringing this story, with all its twists and turns, to life. The accents, the tone of voice, and pacing were superb. I am so picky about narrators she is just fantastic. (FYI I lean to Ray Porter, George Guidall, XE Sands, and Frank Muller--may he rest in peace--as a few of my tops picks)

Download today and enjoy! I am on to the next in the series. :-)

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  • Virginia Steele
  • 26/11/2018

very good book, inventive!

last half addictive, had to reshape my activities to continue listening. satisfying conclusion. highly recommended!

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  • Andyi
  • 15/08/2018

when stories read like a stream of consciousness..

this is a book i struggled to read in trade paperback when it was first released. one of my favorite authors, but this book was HARD. The narrative and the naration here are pretty spot on, bonus is i could do other things (like drive or knit or abuse my knees at the gym) while this stream of thoughts and observations flow out of my app. I have the next book up for my queue, but i find i have the narrator's voice in my head and reading all that I type so perhaps not enough breaks for this listener.

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  • Marcel (MadJo)
  • 16/04/2018

Badly cut up into chapters and monotonic narration

I liked the book, but it was a tough one to get through. Mostly because the narration was rather a bit monotonic and the book was cut up into 9 audible chapters.
Going back to the start of the 'book chapter' was nearly impossible. Making it sometimes hard to pick up the book after putting it down for the night.

But the story was fascinating enough to put up with that.

Though the epilogue felt rushed.

The narrator also didn't differentiate between the emails that the protagonist writes. Sometimes the story was told through various emails in a row, and the narrator Shelly Frasier didn't delineate them in any way.

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  • Deborah
  • 19/01/2019

This might be my new favorite Gibson novel

A great story with Rich characters with a spot-on performance by Shelly Frasier. Loved it!

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  • Summer Bock
  • 07/01/2019

My favorite William Gibson

Something about this book was refreshing for me. Still holds true to Gibson’s aesthetic, but shares a different kind of story in today’s world instead of a made-up future world. I am impressed by his writing, yet again, and this book became my favorite.

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  • WDC
  • 20/10/2018

What a great writer

Creative and articulate-a joy to read.
A beautiful mystery, with several fun twists and surprises.

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  • Ashley Dunning
  • 13/04/2019

Gibson has a way with words

He had me at describing a new refrigerator as smelling of long chain monomers. Great characters.

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  • Megan Smith
  • 11/02/2018

Enchanting Story and Characters

Would you listen to Pattern Recognition again? Why?

Yes, someday.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Interesting characters and story lines.

What about Shelly Frasier’s performance did you like?

She did great. I enjoyed the heroine of the story in her voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

I loved having the main character in my head in the voice of the reader. Very enjoyable perspective. The plot is very William Gibson, improbable but interesting. He still seems to foreshadow our current and near history too well.

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