This book is a nice departure from some of the more "sugar coated" Sci-Fi offerings. Morgan does a good job with character development and depth. The narriator does and excellent job of getting the feel of Kovacs down cold.
The language and some "situations" are defintely adults only.
This first book follows in the tradition of early William Gibson (Neuromancer) and the line of cyberpunk fiction. Good stuff! And the reading is excellent with quality voice acting performed by Todd McLaren. Todd may actually even make the words better than they'd read on a page! I just downloaded the sequels to complete the trilogy. Hopefully they hold up.
This book is depressing, mind numbing and stupid.
The characters are all dark, twisted and unlikable. No one character has any redeeming qualities and the ending is so dumb it's strains credulity.
Altered Carbon turns out to be an excellent and thoughtful sci-fi book, well deserving of its Hugo nomination. Thought provoking themes suddenly emerge out of the film noire/Bladerunner genre to make this more than an action tale.
Don't let the a bit over-the-top noir first chapter or the truly awful narration scare you off (listen for Mr. Burnes, Principal Skinner, and other voices from the Simpsons being channeled here!). The book quickly settles down and eventually you get used to the narrator. The material is fine and actually sheds light on the appeal of the whole noir genre-- the protagonist is hard-boiled but still at some level innocent.
Morgan's first two Takeshi books are great on audio, even better than reading the hard copy. However, when you get to Woken Furies, buy the hard copy, while the story is good as the others, the narration is so bad that I would never have bought his other books if I'd heard that one first.
A classic science fiction novel that stand along side the masters like Asimov, F. Herbert and Kevin Anderson. Richard Morgan's characters are well developed and interesting. The lead is like a Bogart of the stars. This is a fast paced story that keeps your interest through out and has an innovative story line that holds up and grows from beginning to end.
I think I would have enjoyed this more as a book. The biggest problem I had with this was the narrator - some people have complained about his "lisp", but that wasn't the issue with me. The fact that his character voices WERE distracting was the problem. The main character was fine...but his employer?! Sounded like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. Dead on. And the women...yikes! I know this is a gritty, edgy book - but EVERY woman sounded like they came straight off a 1-900 number! Even the female cop, who sounded somewhat normal most of the time, would sometimes "revert" back (of course, usually right after she had sex) to this generic, throaty nonsense. Good story, but bad reading!