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21st century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea-creature...

Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is an intuitive fisher for patterns of information, the "signature" an individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the dangerous bits. Which makes him useful - to certain people.

Chia McKenzie is here on a rescue mission. She's 14. Her idol is the singer Rez, of the band Lo,Rez. When the Seattle chapter of the Lo,Rez fan club decided that he might be in trouble in Tokyo, they sent Chia to check it out.

Rei Toei is the idoru - the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that has brought Chia to Tokyo. True or not, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger...

©1996 William Gibson (P)2018 Tantor

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The narrator made me turn this off in 10 seconds

I've read the book and am a diehard Gibson fan. I was ecstatic to see Idoru had finally been released as an audio book - I've been meaning to reread it for a while now, so a listen would be perfect.

I'm sure Mr. McLain is a fine narrator in general - not for this title. Super-cheesy, horrible cadence and pacing. Just crap. Off it went, back it goes.

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Good post-cyberpunk Gibson...with problems

Through the Bridge Trilogy and on into the Blue Ant trilogy, Gibson moved into his post-cyberpunk work that's near-future-to-basically-present and relates more directly to the current world.
Idoru is the 2nd in the Bridge Trilogy

As the second work, I think it suffers from some pacing problems that a second work in a trilogy can have (though his stuff tends to read as stand-alone stories pretty well) - so nothing unusual in that middle child problem - and as long as you are invested in the trilogy, any hiccups wash out in the mix

PROBLEM : audible doesn't seem to carry "virtual light" (the Frank Muller performance is classic Muller with all the quality you'd expect...excellent and easy on the ears. I believe there is a Peter Weller read version as well, but I haven't heard it). That really breaks up the series

I think the MAJOR problem with the trilogy is performance
1) This particular performance is...I'm sorry to say it - just not very good
2) The companion pieces aren't done by the same readers so, as a trilogy, you don't get the "the voice of the trilogy" that keeps things cohesive


I'd hope, esp as it's an older series, audible could maybe work out a deal to rerecord as it is a major work for Gibson



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Awful reader. Good book.

I'm a huge Gibson fan, and have just about all of the audiobooks. Unfortunately, this has a terrible narrator, who sounds like he's doing a weather report on the local news the whole time. the reading was bad enough that I returned the book.

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not the best performance but good story

Sounded like that scene in arrested development when Gob is reading the Country Club menu to Lucille 2.

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Excellent except for the narrator

The story is excellent every time. The narrator is at times unbearable though, reading the entire story as if he were reading for an action movie trailer. It leaves much of the delivery flat, the characters become expressionless and the tone doesn't match the story. That said, I prefer it at least to other narrators who affect a falsetto for smaller/female characters, so there is that.

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Terrible Narration

Preview the narration before purchasing. I wish I had.
The narrator uses a downward-pitched diphthong at the end of nearly every sentence. It makes this great story impossible to listen to.

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Slow start but great story in the end.

Like many Gibson books, the start is slow. In this case it took about 1/3 of the book before it was actually interesting. From that point on though it was immediately good, quickly becoming incredible.

Definitely recommend. Narration is very good too, though maybe not quite as good as Jonathan Davis. Still very enjoyable and well worth the time and effort.

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I don't get all the hatred for this narrator

Yes, his pace takes a little bit to get used to but honestly, some of these review bombs on him are just over the top hysteria. He isn't Jonathan Davis - who narrates All Tomorrow's Parties, the next book in the series. But he's good. Get the book, sit back, and listen.

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Rich and vibrant.

I found the story to be full incredible layered textures of sight sounds colors and fragrances that all came together with the richness that is Will Gibson.

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Great Story, Seriously Awful Narrator

As a long time William Gibson fan, I wanted to revisit the Bridge trilogy, I had just re-read Virtual Light and I had Idoru on cassette many many years ago but wanted to listen to it again while on a road trip. I thought it might have the same narrator as my original on tape... boy was I wrong! I John McLain has to be the worst narrator of any audio book I have ever listened. No emotions, no inflection... zero personalization of the characters. I can't stress enough how terrible his reading of this great book is.

I am 3 or so chapters in and I am at the point I no longer want to listen to it. I'm not sure if it is possible to get a refund back on Audible, but if it is, I would love to go that route because this is an unbelievably awful narration of what otherwise is a fantastic book in the Bridge trilogy.