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.
Richard Morgan CAN'T stop here. Although it is part of a trilogy, Woken Furies left a number of loose ends and i want the rest of it. PLEASE? Yes, you can read the series (it is so worth it), and leave it there, since nothing is left on the table that is illogical or fatal to reading pleasure, but Morgan certainly leaves you wanting more. The universe that exists in these books is certainly dark, but nothing we are unfamiliar with in current human society. What clone technology does to human institutions and society on top of the usual human ills is marvelous brain candy. A few authors have taken on the ideas of what cloning tech could mean to humanity and rarely is it done with this kind of verve and intelligence.
Now, I really enjoyed William Dufris in the Psalms of Isaak series, however in this book his voice just doesn't fit after having Todd McLaren do it for two books his voice came across as a smack in the face. Then as others have said he didn't enunciate Takeshi Kovacs name correctly which was painful to listen to .
Lastly, what the heck is with the reverb?! If this didn't come in a 3-pack I'd ask for a refund. It was ridiculously difficult to listen to and really made me just want to stop listening.
Overall, it was disappointing. I was looking forward to this book after having just finished Broken Angels.
probably the poorest production (sound quality, recording, reader, etc.) I've ever listened to on Audible. This should be pulled and redone.
Four stars for story, one for production.
William Dufris is a good narrator - I thought he did a pretty good job in Anathem.
However, coming in as the narrator of the third book here was a DISASTER. He clearly didn't bother listening to the first two recordings, *nor had anyone with editorial authority*. He butchered the protagonist's name all the way through the book, mispronounced names that had been presented repeatedly in the first two books (e.g. "Innanen," though as an audiobook listener I have no real clue as to the spelling), and for my money, after listening to the other narrator, he just didn't have a manly enough voice to narrate Tak's voice.
I also found the 'higher pitched,' worry wart male voices he did just fine in Anathem, but for this book, it just made some of the male characters sound like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.
His voice also sounded different by the end of the book - mildly improved over the beginning, but little consolation.
And as others have pointed out, the use of the "hollow" echo/reverb sound to reflect flashbacks or virtual conversations was utterly ridiculous, confusing, even misapplied in places: there were stretches where thoughts (not flashbacks) were played in tunnel-mode. What justification is there for that?
First of all, the narrator's not the same as the other two books, and after hearing 30+ hours of the first two books' narration, you get used to it, and associate the protagonist with the Todd McLaren (who does a very good narration). Second, on the first book, there is a whole section on how his name is pronounced one way and not the other, and how it's a big deal to the protagonist. Now, the new narrator didn't check that, nor anyone else who proofed him. The result is the protagonist calling himself exactly the way he doesn't like to be called. Other planets are similarly spoken with a different pronunciation.
Third, this new narrator put various sound effects into the audiobook. Now, I don't mind a well done sound effect that adds to the story, much as some very nice stories from here in the sofa. But on this narration of Woken Furies, during the sound effects, the quality is bad, you can't understand what he's saying, it's annoying, and when you think you free of it, it comes back to haunt you again.
Last, I'm stuck through it to find out how the story ends. The author built a lot of expectation in the readers with various unexplained things in his books. Some things are finally resolved, some are left mysterious, which isn't bad. It's the mythos of the series. I guess my greatest single complaint from books 2 and 3 is the way the protagonist attaches to other characters. Sometimes it doesn't seem very believable why he allies with one group and not the other. This fact, makes the believability of the character less. You get he is a hard to relate with person, but it's strange how all of a sudden he's attached to somebody like it was his brother/sister or something. You don't see that coming, so it seems artificial. If you want to stick to one book, stick to the first one.