Liked it; didn't love it. It's definitely film noir fodder that should be printed on pulp paper, complete with an "I don't know..." monologue at the end. (Remember the last 10 minutes of Blade Runner?) I thought the world was well constructed, but it was 9 hours of story packed into 17 hours of listening that culminated in a disappointing "OK, spill!" exposition. And, although it clearly tails The Big Sleep, et al., this book packs none of the witty banter that makes Chandler so engaging. Morgan has apparnetly riddled his narrative with similes instead, like bullet holes in a getaway car on the business end of a Tommy gun. Also, the adolescently explicit sexual and gore scenes were self-consciously overdone. The whole thing could have used a sharp blue pencil, but generally enjoyable.
This book is a good example why I like Audible. I would have never picked this book up by looking at the title. The author has combined the 2 genre I love Sci-Fi and a good detective novel. If you like the 2 this is a listen for you. I felt like I couldn't stop listening wanted more and I wanted to solve the mystery .What more could a listener ask for. More of this author please.
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Perhaps no brilliant new sci and/or fi insights (I'm only 1/2 way through), but brilliant satire. Don't know if the author intended that, but very enjoyable. A very fon listen. The narator sometimes seems to lose track of his accents---but I don't care, his reading is still topnotch. And maybe that was his intention, in keeping with the satiracal (sp) theme.
If you like your books to be a messily reguritated mash of concepts and stories peviously covered by better writers, this one is for you! Put William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, David Brin and Bruce Sterling in a blender, remove plot sense, interesting characters and clever dialogue and then hit frappe'. Truly I have read worse, but this one was a bit painful. The narrator was decent, but I suspect his tone and inflection amplified the book's shortcomings now and then.
After about two hours of listening, I found the plot to be very confusing. Unfortunately, I did not find either the characters or what plot I did understand to be interesting enough to continue listening to the book. The sexualcontent and violence seemed to interfere with the story line rather than enhance it. This book is getting filed in the once is enough file.
I love to read anything, and once I start a book I usually finish it, no matter what. But this book was just too violent. The torture scene got to me!! I would not recommend this book. Even my husband put it down after awhile and not much bothers him.
Wow! The perfect blend of my favorite reading, SciFi and detective mystery. Very creative view of a future world and human activity in it. Encompasses all of our weaknesses and magnifies the best and the worst in human nature. I look forward to the next one. Graphic sexually but not gratutiously so. If that makes you squeamish then this is not for you. I loved the reader. Very talented writer and perfectly complimented by the reader. Wow!I can hardly wait to listen to the next in the series.
I really enjoyed the story. The main character was fresh and the authors take on our future is kind of cool. Like some of the other reviewers I feel the sex parts were a little too much. Also, it seemed the author was working really hard to get in as many similes and metaphors as possible. The narrator is tolerable but sounds a little like a salesperson to me. Still, these things aren't so bad that I won't recommend it.