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Richard Morgan created a futuristic, action packed novel with a twisting and turning plot that kept me on the edge of my seat!
Altered Carbon is different than most of the books I've listened to so far combining a futuristic view of humanity while still maintaining the age old faults and vices. For me it was a nice listen for three main reasons: 1. I couldn't always predict where the story was leading 2. when you were introduced with something that seemed insubstantial, it would rear it's head later being an integral part of the story and 3. despite it's grimy beginning, Takeshi Kovacs seemed to have some redeeming qualities after all.
There is only one character (Kovacs) to really appreciate here as a favorite while other characters were interesting in their detail.
I've listened to Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. Todd's narration spoiled me for when I listened to the third book, Woken Furies, it was hard to stay interested in the story missing the narrator from the previous two books.
No extreme reaction just a continued level of interest throughout.
Well worth the listen in my opinion but be warned, some of the sex scenes are very graphic but still didn't take away from the overall story.
Something about myself!
An excellent genre-crossing potboiler. McLaren does a great job of bringing it to life, phrasing things differently than I would have in my head which added depth of character I might have missed with a dead tree read. This was one of my favorite Audible performances.
If you like old, black and white, Noir movies, you'll recognize the tropes as they click in one after the other, but I mean that as a compliment. It was great fun having it all laid out and the world Morgan creates is interesting to learn about.
Does anyone use the term "Cyberpunk" anymore? The setting is on the line between that and more traditional sci-fi.
I'd highly recommend this and am actually on the audible site here to grab the next one in the series. As I said in the headline, the trilogy is available for two credits and I wish now I would have done that.
Very good performance by the reader.
Doesn't "focus" on the sci-fi... it focuses on the story.
Does a very good job of setting the tone.
This story is what SF is supposed to be -- a novel central technology that spins out multiple effects on society and the individuals swiming in this new world.
The story opens with an action scene written for the movies and continues to have enough techno-pop action to keep the adrenelin part of the story moving. The central premise of essential immortality is explored from several characters viewpoints -- a cop, ex-military, everyday joe & jane, powerful industrialists, the religous devout. So if it is possible to transfer your essence from one body/sleeve to another, what genies are released. The author avoids demonizing the concept and his characters don't go into long introspective rants; you get to do that yourself based on your reading of the book.
My only complaint is that it took me more than a couple chapters to orient myself to this world and the characters in it -- there is complexity and then there is just being adrift.
The narration was good -- enough voice variation to differentiate the characters and good pacing (I'm getting tired of running stories at 1.5x to keep the actors from overacting).
The story is so unique and full of action and science fiction for adults. So refreshing.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
The concepts and sci-fi aspects of this book were great. The ideas really made me think about the value of life when immortality is a possibility. This made me ask myself a lot of questions. However, I feel that the style of the author and the actual delivery was lacking compared to the premise, which left me disappointed as the potential for this book was much greater than its actual achievement.
Enjoy the adventure
A great action, thriller.
I like Richard Morgan’s views on good and bad times in our lives. Occasionally we receive a gift that most people say we do not deserve. Don’t agree, enjoy the gift. Also, when times are dark and there appears to be no way out, keep believing a solution will be found. Just hang on and “get to the next page”.
The story is basic detective crime noir with the minor twist that the "detective" in question has his mind implanted into someone else's body so he can investigate a crime. This is supposed to be the big hook of the tale; that the human mind is hackable and skills, knowledge and even people can be downloaded into the shell/body. This was the hook that made me want to read this book. However, this was also the problem I had with the book.
My problem was that if people can download/remove anything into any brain, then everything should be easily fixable. Emotions? Change them! Need combat skils? Download em! Entertainment, shopping, information, interrogation, torture, sex. All downloadable.
Speaking of sex, there are a few graphic sex scenes in this book. I don't mind so much, but some other readers might want to know about them in case they have issues with that kind of thing.
Back to the mina problem with the book i did have. The gimmick, or "the stack" as they call it. The stack is only used to introduce problems not solutions. At least not until towards the end of the of the book. Then the stack can be used to produce answers easily.
I like my crime novels a little more knowledge driven (where they set up the rules and you have to figure out the solution among those rules), not magic driven (where the rules are made up on the fly).
The narrator was decent enough. He laid on just the right amount of thick cheese for this kind of book but at times it was laid on a little too heavy and it was hard to take the lead character seriously. And his attempt to mimic female voices was kind of weak.
Overall the book was a 3 out of 5; it was okay but very forgettable.
I enjoyed reading this book and considering the idea that a "soul" can be transferred digitally to and from human bodies, almost like taking off an article of clothing. I would have given this book 3.5 stars if I could have. The only issues I had when reading this book most likely came because I read it as an audiobook. The book changes scenes and situations quicly. The recording did not easily differentiate these changes, so at times, when I was reading the book, I was confused as to where we were in the story. Todd McClaron's reqading was good, but the production really sucked. I'll read the other ataakeshi Covacs novels, mostly because I got a good deal when I bought them. If I had gotten this book at full price, I'd have to think about it before continuing. I hope production improves in the next two books because hearing the noise gate trip every sentence really was annoying. Where did they record this, in an industrial plant? These production issues seem to be par for the course the earlier int eh Audible library you go. Seems like Audible could strike a deal to remaster some titles? There are other books that are much worse than this one, don't get me wrong, but the issues with production and transition definitely detracted from my enjoyment of the story.