Different than Altered Carbon, the first book in this series, but good all the same. This is more of a SciFi thriller than a Futuristic Film Noir, think Aliens vs. Blade Runner.
Be forewarned though... this book is gritty. The language and imagery is not in the PG-13 category so common to the genre.
It takes a while to catch on to some of the out of this world concepts that Morgan puts into his story's. But once ya wrap yer brain around changing bodys, like an old shirt, this tale, and the rest of the adventures of Tokoshi is most captivating. If you like sci-fi this will be a favorite among friends in your library.
Woken Furies is a solid entry in the Takeshi Kovacs series of books. One thing I really like about this series is that, though they are all sci-fi, each has a unique identity in another genre(s). Altered Carbon is a noir thriller set in a sci-fi world, Broken Angels is more standard alien/action genre fare, and Woken Furies mixes both.
That being said, I really felt compelled to write a review for this book, as opposed to the other two, because the producer of this audiobook should be drawn and quartered and then fed to swamp panthers.
The mispronunciation and proper pronunciation of the main characters name is well covered in the first book. It would be one thing if we were all guessing at the pronunciation but anyone that has listened to or read the first book knows exactly how to pronounce "Kovacs". You'd think the audiobook company that produced the first two books would know how to as well. I know it may seem nit-picky but Kovacs' name is said about a million times in the book and hearing it pronounced "co-vacks" (as in Ernie) made me cringe every time. I suppose there is some reason why Todd McLaren didn't continue as narrator but it would have been nice to have him back. Narrator continuity is important.
The overuse of reverb and audio effects only adds to my hatred for the production crew of this audiobook. We aren't dumb and we don't need aubible clues that we are listening to a flashback or dream. There's a reason why professional voice actors narrate these books, afterall.
honestly, this is probably the worst reading of a book i've ever heard. its shocking that the publisher let this reach the public. the main characters name, his NAME, is mispronounced EVERY SINGLE TIME. The characters flashbacks/dreams are done in a painfully annoying echo effect. The reader cannot be well versed in english, and he regularly mispronounces words like "pedophile".
I rate this on par with Broken Angles. If you liked that title, I'm certain you'll like this. I still prefer the first title, Altered Carbon, for it's more traditional film-noir style dectective plot and wish the author had stuck with that rather than going into more military routes.
After listening to the previous two titles, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, I thought this title was a good follow-up. In fact, I personally prefered this title to Broken Angels, with Altered undoubtedly slated in the future to become a true "Classic" in noir-SF, but alas reading, like everything else is subjective. I found the oft referenced narrator to be better in some ways, and worse in others, by the standard of the previous two titles; his best line being "bye-bye head, bye-bye stack". I recommend ALL of the titles, and I hope that Mr. Morgan considers a retro series that builds upon the already established history based upon this series.
I have listened to every Richard K. Morgan book. This book was just as good as his first two. The narrator was a little bit of a shock after settling into Todd McLaren as the voice of Takeshi Kovacs. This narrator does a better job with the female voices. I only have one grip. He says Takeshi Kovacs's name wrong. He pronounces it Kovax instead of with the "ch" as in the other books. It is irritating everytime I hear it. It really takes me out of the story. But, other than that I didn't think he was horrible. However, I prefer Todd McLaren even if he female voices are a little too whispery for me.
I, too, am highly disappointed after listening, or should I say, struggling thru only four hours of William Dufris.
He reminds me of the terrible full cast reading of the "Helmsman" series, the lack of research and mispronunciations in "The Camel Club", and just an all around attitude of "I don't care how it was done before". His
I don't mind a different series narrator, and trust me, as a charter member of Audible, I've heard a lot, but I'd have to rank him near the bottom.
I would hope that the author didn't have narrator approval rights for this production, but if he did, then he too, didn't listen to the first two novels.
I gave this book only two stars becase, in my opinion, it's not as well written as Altered Carbon (best), or Broken Angels (not Broken Arrow, as one reviewer stated).
It seemed to jump around a lot, but that could be Dufris' voice grating on my nerves and not being able to hold my attention; it could be Tantor's equally bad production techniques.
There was an excessive use of the "F" word, and the pronunciations and name abbreviations were were terrible; Yak for Yakuza (is it Yah-COO-zuh, YAH-coo-zah, YACK-ooze-uh), Tack for Tageshi, Yad for Yadmina ( I think that was her name, you know the animated dead girl).
Maybe Morgan has been sleeved one too many times.
Anyway, it won't cause me to cancel my Aubible membership, but it will make me think twice about any book involving Tantor Media or William Dufris.
This is one of those books you can't wait to finish but don't want to end. I find the writing very well done. While I could pass on the extra detai of the intimate relations - in the end they don't detract and add a depth to understanding the characters. The author has created an incredibly detailed description of his created world. The consistency across the multiple books is very well done and the characters, while not all likeable, provide vehicles for his treatise. I cannot recommend this book to everyone, but I found it a great listen and one of my favorite books. Great Job Richard K. Morgan. My regret is that he has done such a good job of tying up the loose ends there isn't really a reason for a sequel to a triology that I have thoroughly enjoyed.