I have really enjoyed the Takeshi Kovacs stories. From a story quality standpoint, it does not disappoint. It's gritty, it's violent, it's sexy. All the good stuff.
The biggest complaint is the narrator. I don't mind that they changed (though it does make continuity harder), but I do mind that they didn't QA this guy's pronunciation, especially of the main character's name (which the author went to some trouble to explain in the first book). Also, the flashback effect made it sound like the narrator was reading while going to the bathroom.
Great concept on the first go, but this one just didn't have it. I think there was a plot but I kept falling asleep. Rambling descriptions and gratuitous sex without any direction or plot. Can't recommend this one to anyone. A shame as the first one was so interesting.
I really enjoyed the first two. But this one was long, I almost stopped listening 2 or 3 times. Seems to be a lot more descriptive narrative not required for story. So many characters make it hard to keep track of them. If I did not have the attachment of listening to first two, I would not have finished it. Echo effect not good, narrator grows on you, but he should have pronounced Kovacs, the same as in the first two.
If you enjoyed Todd McLaren's reading of the first two novels, you're going to hate William Dufris' narration. He's not a bad reader, but McLaren really made the first two special. Dufris evidently isn't a fan of the series, as he absolutely butchers the pronuniciation of Takeshi Kovacs name, which the first book made a particular point of calling attention to. And there are these flashbacks that sound like they're coming through one of those corrugated drainage tubes...exceptionally annoying. The story itself is good, though not quite as engaging as the first two books.
Fifteen minutes into the story, I went bouncing off the roof of the kitchen with frustration. William Dufris and his producer mangled the reading of this great story to such an extent that it was difficult to get past the mispronunciations and bad sound effects. The good news is that the human mind is remarkably adaptive, and after about an hour, you get caught up in the plot and sort of forget the astoundingly bad narration.
Apart from finding myself shouting "Kovatch!! Not Kovaks!" every now and again, I enjoyed the story immensely, and hope that the word 'trilogy' was just a joke and that we'll see more from Mr. Kovacs in the near future. Perhaps without Mr. Dufris's hyperactively horrible overperformance, though.
As you've read from other reviews, Morgan continues with the gritty cyberpunk in Furies. Definitely a refreshing edge.
I'll agree with most all of what's been said about the narriator. The first two books different narriator almost made me put this one down. The discrepancy in several pronunciations is mildly irratiting. My biggest gripe is that the narriator has what sounds like exactly one representation for a female - they all sound the same.
It appears that the producer wanted to go for a feel like old raido serials. Lots of effects for remembered events. This again, is a departure from the first two books.
5 stars for the book (and series), -1 star for narriation.
First and foremost, be aware that as with ALL of Morgan's books there is a lot of sex, drugs, and things you will not undertand if you don't indulge in a lot of Sci-Fi. In reading other people's reviews of this book I find it strange that they would enjoy the first two Takeshi Kovacs stories and not this one. Everything you want to know about him is FINALLY explained here.
This book is excellent in my opinion. I have fallen in love with Takeshi and his Envoy past. Morgan dares to assume that you are an intelligent listener/reader and does NOT spend a ridiculous amount of time explaining his terminology. If you like the first two books in this series I would HIGHLY recommend this one.
"Woken Furies' is an absorbing story, well-written and beautifully read. I listened to it not realizing that the story line has two predecessors, but it didn't matter; this tale stands alone. Now I'll listen to the first two of the series.
If you listened to the first two books, you'll be disappointed with this one. This reader is unconvincing as the hard-bitten and macho Takeshi Kovacs. Whenever the dialogue calls for stress, we get plaintive and pewling instead. And the WOMEN... yeeh gawds! The reader explores every shade and nuance of whiney and insipid.
The only thing worse is his forced interpretation of the gratuitous (and frankly, laughable and unimaginative) sex scenes. (Did any one else notice that the scenes depicted last all of THREE MINUTES real-time)-Okay, not the readers's fault- Clearly, Morgan has some issues of his own. I'm not easily offended anymore, but there was a time when I would have been apoplectic at the copious use of the "C" word here.
Props to reader McLaren for his performances in the first two books. Props to Morgan for some interesting imaginings and otherwise taught narrative. But if THIS had been my introduction to the series, I never would have gotten past the first book.