I tried this book on my Kindle first but could not finish. I thought some of the original content was so interesting I thought I'd try it again during my commute. I finished the Audio version but it was difficult.
Did not enjoy the narrator.
I've read other comments and for me the sex was no problem.
Sure, it was super entertaining and Todd McLaren is a fantastic Kovac.
Call me an ol' softy, but I sure did like the Hendirx hotel. That first scene with the turret at Kadmin, classic.
Do you like money? Make this book a movie!
I loved this novel, amazing story, and characters. It is really exciting that it is the first in a trilogy, and it looks like I found a new author to read. The only problem I could say I had was that some of the voices sounded a bit like Brian the Dog from "Family Guy" and Mr Burns from "The Simpsons". Which made for some odd visuals in my mind.
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book going in. I mean it's long, over 17 hours. Yes, I read the reviews and the editor's note, but none of these things prepared me for the wirldwind of new science fiction ideas that are in this audiobook.
I've read a reasonable amount of science fiction books in the last year, and Altered Carbon blows them all out of the water, hands down, no question! You have to truly open your mind to a realm of existence that is entirely plausible, yet so far out there that you find yourself slowly digesting it all, until you just can't get enough of it.
Richard K Morgan does an outstanding job of pulling you into this alternate universe where "normal science fiction" simply is not good enough here. No nanites, no crazy lazer guns, no hyper drives and such. It's all original. Yes, all of it!
It's all so delictably refreshing, you don't even realize it until you stop listening to it and have to adjust yourself back to real life. The book is incredibly detailed, but everything has its purpose, very little fluff. Actually, most of the fluff that doesn't really enhance the storyline, will give you a broader, introspective look at the character in question.
The narrator does a spectacular job. Witty and sarcastic, very non-chalant. I could go on and on, but, in totum: Todd McLaren does an equally exceptional job of delivering this masterpiece.
If you are looking for a new way of experiencing science fiction, and you are tired of the same story being told with a new, but subtle twist, give Altered Carbon a listen, and thank me later.
I loved this book, the story was great and characters compelling. That said, there are far too many gratuitous sex scenes, they do not add to the story and are just too long. I liked the everything but that.
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!