Agency by William Gibson audiobook

Agency

By William Gibson
Read by Lorelei King

Penguin Audio
10.21 Hours Unabridged
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral.   William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popularizing it in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Cory Doctorow raved that The Peripheral is “spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer.” Now Gibson is back with Agency—a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.   Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.   Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.   *The Boston Globe

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A Washington Post Best Book of the Month

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for January

A Gizmodo Pick of the Month

A CBC Pick  of Most Anticipated Books of Spring

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral.

 
William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popularizing it in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Cory Doctorow raved that The Peripheral is “spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer.” Now Gibson is back with Agency—a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.
 
Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.
 
Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.
 
*The Boston Globe

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

In Agency Gibson offers another of his uncannily plausible imaginings of near-future life and technology…with Gibson’s trademark panache, the story rattles along with great pace and suspense. The Sunday Times (UK)
His language (half Appalachian economy, half leather-jacket poet of neon and decay) is all about friction and the gray spaces where disparate ideas intersect. His game is living in those spaces, checking out the view, telling us about it. NPR.com
His eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen. The New Yorker
William Gibson can craft sentences of uncanny beauty, and is our great poet of crowds. San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Gibson’s work is all edge and chill and incipient panic…There’s not a speck of filler, not a hint of anachronism. Just sleek, high-gloss, hand-tooled cool…His worlds are so striking, so plausible, that you’re just happy to be along for the ride—until suddenly it hits you: Maybe you’re being followed. Chicago Tribune
Like Pynchon and DeLillo, Gibson excels at pinpointing the hidden forces that shape our world. Details
Gibson blurs the line between real and speculative technology in a fast-paced thriller that will affirm to readers that it was well worth the wait. Booklist
“A sensual, remarkably visual ride, vigorous with displays of conceptual imagination and humour. The Guardian (UK) 
“An immersive thriller, fueled by an intelligent, empathetic imagination..Gibson brings contemporary San Francisco, future London, and their inhabitants to tangible life.” Boston Globe
“Superb... Each sentence is a hand-turned marvel of compact characterization, world-building and sardonic wit, all used to illuminate his vivid milieus…Gibson has an inexhaustible supply of tricks, new stories and new ways of telling them that make him the most consistent predictor of our present, contextualizer of our pasts and presager of our possible futures. Los Angeles Times  
“Engaging, thought-provoking and delightful… [Gibson] can always be counted on to show us our contemporary milieu rendered magical by his unique insights, and a future rendered inhabitable by his wild yet disciplined imagination. The Washington Post
An immersive thriller, fueled by an intelligent, empathetic imagination. The Boston Globe
“Engaging, thought-provoking, and delightful…Strong co-starring characters unique to this tale interact with returning old favorites.” Washington Post
“The writing is packed with intriguing concepts and characters…Cyberpunk fans looking to dive into the ‘what-if’s’ of an alternate time line will be as enraptured as ever by Gibson’s imagination.” Publishers Weekly
“Gibson blurs the line between real and speculative technology in a fast-paced thriller.” Booklist

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Author Bio: William Gibson

Author Bio: William Gibson

William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, Agency, and The Perippheral, a New York Times bestseller.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 10.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English