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Agency

Written by: William Gibson
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working" (Boston Globe) returns with a brand-new novel.

In William Gibson's first novel since 2014's New York Times best-selling The Peripheral, a gifted "app-whisperer", hired to beta test a mysterious new product, finds her life endangered by her relationship with her surprisingly street-smart and combat-savvy "digital assistant".

©2020 William Gibson (P)2020 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Mr D Alford
  • 06-02-20

A long time coming

The wait for this book release nearly killed me. Still, worth it though. A very enjoyable romp. If you liked Peripheral, you’ll like this. Now, Audible, whilst I wait for Gibson’s next book, can you arrange audio versions of all his back catalogue, please?

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  • T. Proudfoot
  • 08-04-20

classic Gibson

A great follow up to The Periphery, with some of the same characters appearing. If you like that you'll love this.

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  • olishaw
  • 03-04-20

Book 2 of 3 ?

Good continuation / extension to this world, but felt a little flat at the end, setting up a third book

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  • Kai
  • 17-03-20

Disappointing

The lead character is just carried along by the story. No real conflict or struggle.

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  • Austrich Person
  • 28-02-20

Sharp and conjuring

The first few moments took much effort to convince myself that the rest will be worth listening to, the readers voice being the polar opposite of the Neuromancer narrator. But it works, and very well.

It's easy to lose track of characters, and reasons for why this or that action is being taken. Could have been shorter.

Everything else is brilliant, giving you ample food for thought. The image of the world William Gibson imagines is often too real for comfort, and relative agency becomes a theme one begins to appreciate all around.

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  • Dr. S. Blanchard
  • 10-02-20

Temporal anomalies need lots of concentration

Love Gibsons work but have to say if I hadn't read the peripheral I would find this hard to pick up.

It could have done with a harder hitting finale after teasing us with atomic war, jackpot cure and the birth of a new AI.

Is it going to be the second book in a Trilogy?

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  • willb
  • 30-03-20

For me, Agency is his best since Neuromancer

I have waited a long time for Gibson to really hit his straps again. Way back in '84 when I read Neuromancer for the first time, it triggered my brain plasticity, much as a VR headset does for many first time users today. In Agency, Gibson took me for a ride I didn't know I wanted and his premonition about pandemics couldn't be more apt. His handling of a powerful AI was exciting for me and the "forks in the road" almost reminded me of Aldiss's Barefoot in the Head.
The narrator did a pretty good job with the accents and characters, but I'm picky and some pronunciations annoyed me a little, but that is a small thing as I found it an enjoyable experience and I'm looking forward to more like this from Mr Gibson.