My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
This was great! Todd McLaren is a great narrator. He gives this story a Mike Hammer flavor reading from first person. Lot's of twists and turns in the story.
SEX, oh yeah and graphic too. So if you're put off by really bad and VERY descriptive language concerning sex, this might not be the book for you. But the scenes are few. So if you get the book and you're offended by this, fast forward!
My only complaint is the descriptive nature of the story. It sometimes gets in the way of the action and the story, bogging it down. it's almost about the descriptions more than the story at times. In places it's fine if the story is at a bit of a stand still. I've found that some authors get overly descriptive right in the middle of an action or fast moving scene causing the scene to 'get lost' in describing every minute detail to the point of losing the thread of attention that should be taking place to keep the pace.
I would not recommend the audiobook to a friend, but I would gladly recommend the book. The narrator has a single voice, can't do female voices at all, nor can he do accents. His narrations is good, but any type of dialogue besides the main character is very poor and detracts from the listening experience.
As I mentioned above, I did not like the performance. The narrator has a single voice, can't do female voices at all, nor can he do accents. His narration is good, but any type of dialogue besides the main character is very poor and detracts from the listening experience.
no, it made me think. Morgan is great for socio-economic commentary.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Kovacs & 'uploading onto a stack' is where matrix wished it could have used in an R-rated version... If u like his dark, gritty future hyper-violent fun check out Thirteen
All 3 books in this trilogy is worth the read, talk about a great look into an authors mind that's like John Rain mixed with a tweaked out blade-runner on coke in a world that is an surreal outlook of the universe 100's of years from now... These books are thoroughly entertaining if ur into sci-fi mixed with some detective & military background
I think my favorite aspect of this novel is the universe within which is operates. In fact, it is this universe which raises the book from an action-based "who-done-it" into high quality science fiction. I had the feeling that everything mentioned in the book already had a complete history with all of the fine details worked out. The way the characters were able to utilize technologies which were available to them were creative and never really fore-seeable - at least I couldn't.
I was also highly appreciative of the difference between people who had extremely long lives and those who were not that old. I myself, past my 50th birthday by a bit, notice that I have a much different perspective on life than I did before. I tend to think more in decades. When I compare that viewpoint with that which would be of a person, say 500-600 years old, I believe that those characters in this book were very believable in their characterization.
I loved the characters - all of them, even the "minor" ones. They weren't static either, they grew and changed according circumstance. The author's portraits of artificial sentient beings were masterful.
I also highly appreciated the subtle "joke" involving the AI hotel toward the end of the book.
Even though I was originally put off by the voices he used for women, I came to appreciate not only the technical difficulties he overcame to provide variety. As I progressed farther into the book, my earlier appreciation of his technical skills were augmented by that of his artistic skills as well.
Yes, but I couldn't due to responsibilities. Which is probably best.
I just put the two subsequent books in my shopping cart.
Altered Carbon is one of the better far-future sci-fi books that I've listened to.
The description of the characters, technology, and the action sequences are the highlights of this story.
He reads at a fast pace. Additionally, he gives the main character a gravely nourish feel that helps shape the entire story.
It would be too long to listen to in one setting, however, it was a great story.
Action from start to finish. Mind blowing sci-fi concept in a world of ultra violence.
Takeshi Kovacs (of course)
This guy is my favorite performer on audible so far. He enhances the story does not get in the way of the story. He becomes the story. Very talented guy.
the sex scenes were fun :)
You won't be bored.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
I first encountered the print version of Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels in 2005 with this book. I had long been a fan of John Varley and his exploration of the effects on society of memory recording and cloning. The combination of which imparts upon the practitioner a sort of pseudo-immortality. I thought that Varley might have the last word on the concept until I read ALTERED CARBON. Morgan takes the idea to a level previously undreamed of. The realm occupied by Takeshi Kovacs is a gritty as a Dashiell Hammet mystery and a action packed as a James Bond movie, but with more witty banter than either. The world that Morgan has created is very different than anything we know, but somehow we can relate to it. The people have been changed from who we are and their situations so foreign that one might think that no relevance could be found, but somehow we can empathize. This is a world that you will live in and think of as real, but will be thankful that you don’t have to live there. We wouldn’t last a day in Takeshi Kovacs shoes.
Listening to Todd McLaren perform ALTERED CARBON made me appreciate it even more. He adds such great voice to each and every character that this great book becomes unexpectedly even more amazing. Each of the book’s characters come alive through McLaren’s voice.
I draw things and then build them.
Adult scifi mystery. (three-ish)
There is a pretty clear protagonist in Takeshi Kovacs so that one is easy. Mrs. Bancroft's character was juicy simply for contributing one of the hottest sex scenes I've come across in a while.
It wouldn't be easy to pinpoint a favorite voice from McLaren. He does a fantastic job of clearly delineating the character voices.
Would have loved to given the time.
Listen to the book before the film gets made. Who knows how an adaptation will turn out.
No. But only because I read the book a while back, and then bought it on audio out of curiosity. So I think twice is enough. But fabulously creative. The audio version was well done. The reader had a nice feel for the mood of the book, which is an odd Micky Spillane with action on steroids - in the future. Really fun.
This is not a PG book - if you don't like swearing and sex and violence you should stick to "murder she wrote".
Everyday is Halloween
No. Print is always better but in our busy world that's always on the go - audio is a must have
Kovacs breaking out of the 'Clinic' with a severed head in his hands
The first impression we get of the Hendrix hotel
Buckle your seat belt and PAY ATTENTION
We want MORE Kovacs!