Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
The writing of R.K. Morgan and the reading of T. McLaren make "Altered Carbon" a truly remarkable experience. This genre and material is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy gutsy storytelling this is the very best. In my opinion there are not enough superlatives to accurately describe how I feel about this book. Thanks to the author, the reader,Tantor Media and Audible for such a "wet dream" of a novel.
This book doesn't live up to the hype.
By the second hour I was drifting.
Like why did the author use planet earth as his backdrop and what ever happended to Global Warming, and the San Andreas Fault?
By the sex scene with the client's wife I had enough.
If you need a handy compendium of all the hoariest sci-fi cliches of the last fifty years, then you might want to check out Altered Carbon. If you think that yet another pastiche of Raymond Chandler's classic detective stories is the last word in originality, you might want to check out Altered Carbon. If you believe that the U.N. will last another four decades, never mind another four centuries, then this book is for you. This weary bit of sci-fi retread is strictly for those SF enthusiasts (God bless 'em) who think Esperanto will soon be the new world language. All others might want to avoid it.
This was my first Richard Morgan book. What a great story! Tremendous wordcraft. Impressive first novel. While the reader had limited range for other characters I thought he was perfect for Takeshi and I'm glad they had him do Broken Angels, my next listen. Morgan crafts a "just over the horizon future" that is fantastic and yet very believable with just the right amount of technical detail. I like varied genres so I can't compare it to other SF fare but this one was great.
This is a spectacular book to listen to. The narrator is a little monotone at times, but the book, plot, sci fi and mystery are wonderfully unique and more than make up for that weakness. I'd love to listen to the sequels. I've never taken time to give a positive review (I believe in warning folks on the dogs) until this one.
This has been one of my greatest listening experiences.
As reviewer "Ken from Portland" wrote: "If you like a gritty, get down and stay down murder mystery tempered with big hits of sex, violence, and bottles of testosterone, then this is the book for you."
What more can I add? No doubt you'll want a few tattoos and piercings to go along with your experience. Oh, and some metallica techno-rock music might get you in the mood, too. Have fun.
The plot was interesting, but Iwish I had been warned of the overuse of swearing. Also needs a M rating for how much sex was in it.
The plot was interesting and writing was engaging. The book was too sexually explicit so I did not finish.
The story seemed interesting, but I was continually distracted by the horrible narration of Todd McLaren. This is the second book I have tried that he has read, and he is, frankly quite annoying. He tries WAY too hard to do voices & accents and he never gets them right. It totally distracts from what would, otherwise have been an enjoyable listen. I will never buy another book read by him. Sigh.