If you liked "Altered Carbon" you'll really like this one. The sex was rather graphic and a bit gratuitous but...who cares. I found myself beginning to dislike Kovac as the story progresses but, then again, he is a modern hero with a good side and a evil side. I began to understand him a bit more by the end of the book. The conclusion was more than a little contrived. I call it the "Wayne's World" syndrome. If you remember that awful movie it felt, at the end, that everyone was just sort of tired of doing the movie and it just sort of ended. In that sense, I guess "Woken Furies" is not Morgan's most technically adroit work. It does have more meat than "Market Forces" however. Well worth the time.
mystery, history, and sci fi fan
First a Con- the recording does begin with an echo effect that makes it very hard to understand what is going on. The echo is put to better use later on. The Pros- I listened to Broken Angels and enjoyed that greatly, but Woken Furies built on that. The narrator took a while to get used to but somewhere in the first few hours something clicked and from then on it was a great ride. Great book- overall great narration. This is a recording that will stay with me for a while.
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
This is the third in the Takeshi Kovacs series. It's almost as good as the first, Altered Carbon, and far, far better than the 2nd, Broken Angels. Some reviewers have complained that the story is hard to follow--and it certainly will be if you haven't read Altered Carbon. As an audiobook alone it might be daunting--there are sudden shifts of time and perspective, plus a lot of futuristic technology that is used casually but rarely explained. I leapfrogged between the audiobook and a hard copy.
But it's a great combination of philosophical musing and a bloody space opera. Highly recommended if you like dark Sci-Fi (but read Altered Carbon first.)
The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is scifi at its best. Extremely original, you can never predict what comes next; the stories are tight and the characters always interesting. Very addictive and entertaining.
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.