Some good future thinking....maybe a little too much gore to wade through getting there..
some okay salaciousness, also maybe a bit too much detail...especially the double dipping...yikes
Head scratching a few times with mispronounced words by the narrator....probably could have used any extra pass by the editor...
The story is great, the characters are developed well, and Morgan does an excellent job of making the story line come to life.
However, when a story basically stops a few times for very descriptive sex scenes, then I'm not sure what genre I'm reading. Is this Sci-Fi or is this Erotica? If you don't mind this line being blurred, then this is a great series for you. But if you are like me and prefer to not have so much descriptive sex in your Science Fiction, then I would suggest something else. It's just too distracting.
Just the right blend of future science, characters and plot.
Yes, there is some 'adult' material but its not about that as far as the book goes. The way the author writes demands he put the amount of detail he had in the adult scenes, otherwise glossing over and hiding the technology involved would not make sense, as well as the character's development. It really gave depth to what mankind has always had as a motivation for a lot of his actions anyway. I would say don't let those scenes stop anyone that enjoys a good future vision of life from not listening to this book (or the series), just skip ahead.
The reading was well done and I had no trouble knowing who was talking and when scenes changed.
The author has a unique way of story telling and the his view of the future is very interesting. The whole idea of being able to extend life if very believable despite our lack of technology in doing it any time soon, if ever. Even if it was impossible, he still makes it work.
Already listening to the next one.
His narration seemed too casual and disintrested
No, the story moved too slowly. Also, I found myself not caring "whodunnit" - not caring about what happens to any of the characters either.
The protagonist and all other characters are paper thin and lack motivation. In the futuristic world the story takes place in, you get the feeling life is about nothing more than 'going through the motions'. I was really disappointed. The only thing positive about listening to the portion of this book that I was able to get through is that the view of a world where our bodies are only 'sleeves' is an interesting foundation for a good deal of philosophical thought or discussion.
Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
I found Richard K. Morgan's world and his unabashed expectation that the reader keep up to be quite refreshing. So many science fiction and fantasy novels go to extreme lengths to explain the technology, sociology, or general "world" of the story that it can get boring. The Holy Infodump can really get in the way of the story. Morgan doesn't do that. Much of the technology presented in the book (and the concept of sleeves is ESSENTIAL to the story) is just presented as a given. He challenges the reader to keep up, explaining only the core bits and only just enough to let the reader follow along. It's wonderful to actually DISCOVER for a change!
It's intricate, but not tricky. The characters are all interesting, even those not meant to be sympathetic. And, despite it being a 1st Person story, there's just enough introspection to provide the reader with a grounding and not so much that it becomes maudlin or moralizing.
I'm certain I'd have loved the book on the page as much as the audio version. McLaren provides a good, steady reading. It doesn't improve the story, but it doesn't have to.
Well, I'm curious about Morgan's next book. Does that count? :)
If this was truly a debut novel, then Richard K. Morgan is either quite talented or quite lucky. Either way, he's got a lot to live up to from here-on out!
Terrific story telling, pacing, and imagining both the functional and dystopian aspects of a possible future society. Well-narrated. Too bad it was simply the backdrop for another alpha male cop story. Blade Runner already scratches that itch.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Not the best book I've ever read, but pretty damn good. The performance is exceptionally good. I was really pleased, and I enjoyed the 2nd book which works well (both can be read separately, and even out of order, although it's better to read them in order). I give it 93 out of 100.
The plot promised to make this a great book, but after the 1st chapter I had to stop listening because of the language. If this was a cd it would have had a warning label attached. If you get this book make sure you are ready for the language.
Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.
I’m more of a horror fan rather than Sci-fi…but the story line sounded interesting. Honestly, it was a good futuristic view of the “what-ifs.” No heart-racing moments, but a good story.
Overall I liked all of the characters and the future world the author created, but the story fell short. At times I felt like the story was confusing due to the way it sometimes would make a very disjointed jump in the plot.
The Todd McLaren's reading fell short when it came to female characters. You could not tell when he was reading a male or female voice, which also caused some confusion.
I may read future books in the series, but they are not top on my list.