Think of all the cliches associated with ham acting, and you'll have concise review for this appallingly bad reading. Only the quality of the source material and my enjoyment of the preceding two books in the series kept me listening.
How bad is it? Think of Ted Knight (Remember the Mary Tyler Moore show?) reading Dashiell Hammett. Every man comes across as a bad parody of John Wayne; every woman, a bitchy or bored queen; and every adolescent, a whiny brat.
The Producer responsible for this recording should be sacked for not doing his homework (KovaKs, not KovaCH), for not honoring the series (Did he read or listen to the first two books?), and, above all, for not respecting the potential of the material.
Show me your paso doble.
just wanted to say the echo is not in the entire book, once you get past that and the "Kovacks" it's a pretty good listen.
I too listened to broken arrow and altered carbon. I enjoyed this one a little more.
The theme of the first two seemed to be sleeves, which really interesting got old after a while.
This book exposed many more cyber punk ideas, plus religion, goverment, martians, family and the characters were developed a little more.
I didnt notice the narrator mispronunciation of Kovacs and thought he was a believable Kovacs.
The echo only happened once an hour and only bothered me when it was long.
I can't wait for his next novel. I hope sleeve's are just a smaller part of the next one and he blows my socks off with more cyberpunk.
I was absolutely appalled at the way Tantor Media handled this recording after their excellent treatment of the first two books in the series. Dufris just does not have the voice for a noir thriller, and his ignorance of how to pronounce Kovacs' name was as grating as nails on a blackboard. By all means, if you have any love of sci-fi or noir (and can stomach some extreme violence and a bit of sex), be sure to get the first two books in the series, "Altered Carbon" and "Broken Angels", but stay away from this recording. The only way Tantor Media will realize how much they screwed up is if people don't buy it. As for me, I'm going to pick up the "dead-tree edition" of this one; it's not worth my time to suffer through 22 hours of a bad narrator butchering one of my favorite authors.
voider of warranties, intellectual property/patent attorney, into Apple products, live music, Formula 1 racing, LSU football, triathlons, scifi etc
Great book that wasn't ruined by the narrator. Don't get me wrong. I am not apologizing for the guy. After all, the mispronunciation of Kovacs was a pretty big goof considering the discussion of same in Altered Carbon. Fortunately, everything else was pretty good. I would have preferred the same narrator as the first two in the series, but the narration was fine once (if) you got past the Kovacs mispronunciation thing.
Great story and highly recommended.
I got this book even though the reviews said the recording was horrible. Its true that the epilogue and flashbacks have a terrible echoey sound, but the rest of the book is fine. The narriator does sound like Kurt Russell ala Snake Pliskin for much of the book though. I also found myself fast forwarding through a couple of the sex scenes, but I remember doing this with the previous books also. I'm still only giving this 3 stars because I thought the story was lacking. Definitely not his best.
If your are a fan of the cyberpunk genre like me this book is a must to hear. As for the complains about the reader, this book is more of a dramatization than a reading and it uses some sound effects like echos to give it more of a reality feeling. My only complain is that there are a lot of characters to follow, sometimes I had to rewind back a couple of minutes to follow the plot, but other that that a great book.
I was looking for something that was decidedly sci-fi and cyberpunk and this fits the bill perfectly!
Well written with three books in the series which leaves you wishing there were more to be had.
Action and mystery, there promises to be plenty of audio action and I can only cajole you to take a listen and enjoy.
We need more like this!
This seemed to be an opening to a Cyberpunk epic. The first book was a good "detective" novel, the second was a decent "military" novel, the third was just... lost.
No, but I may be turned off from this author.
Todd McLaren, the narrator of the first two novels.
Disappointment. The story was severely lacking, and the narrator effects and lack of consistent pronunciation ruined this one for me.