I love hard core sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy
After Broken Angels I was really looking forward to this installment by Morgan.
Wow, I was let down.
The story is the worst attempt at preaching I've ever seen. I got it Richard, you don't like Muslims.
I was so sad to seek Kovacs turned into a petty man with such shallow motivations as this story portrays him. It feels like Morgan had signed a three book deal with two books done and this one rounded out the contract.
There are a few bits of Sci-Fi fun the whole take on small teams of people that go in to clean up a war zone full of AI controlled weapons, but that was the high point by far.
Again, the graphic sex was just too much. I don't need to know the exact amount of fluids exchanged between people, ugh.
It wasn't enough that the story was weak the ending was a giant "meh". I really hope this isn't the last Kovacs novel he needs a better send off than this.
Willam Dufris has the poor luck to follow Todd McLaren from the first two books. If that wasn't hard enough, he didn't do even the basic research needed to pronounce Kovacs name. What a let down. Dufris doesn't to a horrible job just not a great one. His reading is a bit over the top in spots and there are some slips that should have been re-recorded. I have the feeling he was given this at the last minute and was forced to read it at gun point.
The production quality was also lackluster. I don't need the cheap sound effects to let me know Kovacs is thinking about the past or talking on the phone. In some spots it made it hard to listen to the book.
Take a pass on this one, it adds very little to Kovacs story.
I love the Kovacs novels, great high sci-fi/cyber punk feel but I had to knock a star off for the sex scenes- which are in all of his books it seems. It's not that there is a lot of it or that I'm a prude, far from it, but he goes into way too much unnecessary detail which just makes it seem pornographic and distasteful and out of place given the rest of the book. I don't really see the need to put that detail into the story, it would have been better off glazed over instead of blow by blow graphic descriptions.
I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.
I really enjoyed the first of this series and the second was quite good too but this one...not so much. The goofy sex scenes almost took over the book and it was just fight after fight. I know, I know that is what makes this series up BUT really. It began to feel like a porn where the plot is just secondary to the fighting and screwing.
I enjoyed the first 2 books and glad to see that, once again, we were tackling a different kind of story with the same protagonist.
It was nice to get to explore Harlan's World and to have Virginia as a full character, rather than just a memory.
There were some moments, especially with neo-quellist surfers, where I thought to myself "really? that's the read you went with on this line?" It, quite possibly, isn't Dufris fault. Who knows what direction he was getting. Initially the audio effects annoyed me but once I was used to them I thought they were tolerable. There were a lot of moments where I had to stop, go back, and listen again to see if he seriously pronounced a word "that way." Not just for proper names, either. There was a voice about halfway through the 2nd file reminding me to change discs. Throughout the entire novel Dufris pronounces Kovacs with a cks instead of a ch at the end. After how the pronunciation point was made in the first two books that was really grating.
I wish this whole series were movies, so long as michael bay doesn't direct.
Woken Furies is an enjoyable continuation of the ongoing Kovacs series by Richard K. Morgan. And William Dufris isn't a bad narrator, despite some of his repetitive voice characterizations. But...
The production of this audio book makes it nearly un-listenable. The flashback-excerpts sound like they were recorded in a public restroom. It really is sad, because with some proper editing and processing, Dufris' gruff, masculine voice talent could really lend some grit to the neo-noir genre very well.
The story is ok but not nearly as engrossing as the Altered Carbon and only slightly worse than Broken Angels. When I read the synopsis and how the story this time around would take place on his home planet of Harlan's World I thought I'd probably be in for quite a ride however I was sorely disappointed. The first thing that ruined it for me right away was the new reader. While he's definitely a talented reader he just doesn't have the tone of the first. The first reader had me believing in the Takeshi character right from the start and kept me there. This guy made Takeshi seem much weaker and sort of average sounding. Secondly the audio had some really poorly recorded spots and cheesey sound effects that took me out of the story. Finally the overall story just sort of barely kept my interest and didn't show any new sides to the main character so he never really grew.
Because of the downward spiral the last 2 books in the series have taken I'd be pretty hesitant about purchasing any new Kovacs novels. Would LOVE to see Altered Carbon as a film though!
Really enjoyed the discriptiveness of the environment they were in at differant times. That helped me to picture where they were at while listening. It is fun to be able to immerse oneself into a narration to the point you can hear the lazer's, the explosions, and all the eliments that are incorperated to make the make believe real. that is tough with a narration. The narrator did a good job bringing this story to life.
But after the first two books being so well done, I couldn't even get through the prologue of this one. I know it was probably the director's idea to use the reverb, so I won't hold that against William Dufris...but did you really mispronounce 'Kovacs'? I'll never know because the series ended with the last book as far as I'm concerned.
The first half hour was decent but from that point it degenerated into pointless swear word after swear word. I was so disgusted I stopped listening about forty-five minutes in and have deleted the file from my computer. Waste of a good credit.
I did listen to this one to the end. There are a lot of reviewers complaining about the sound quality. The book opens in virtual reality and they put an echo effect to give that since. The opening scene does drag on (like the whole book) but the echo effect does stop. The book as a whole had a few good ideas but poorly executed. Too much dialog, the same conversation held with different characters, and cheap writing. The First Book was Great, the 2nd was good. This was bad, but there is a story in there.