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.
Different than Altered Carbon, the first book in this series, but good all the same. This is more of a SciFi thriller than a Futuristic Film Noir, think Aliens vs. Blade Runner.
Be forewarned though... this book is gritty. The language and imagery is not in the PG-13 category so common to the genre.
It takes a while to catch on to some of the out of this world concepts that Morgan puts into his story's. But once ya wrap yer brain around changing bodys, like an old shirt, this tale, and the rest of the adventures of Tokoshi is most captivating. If you like sci-fi this will be a favorite among friends in your library.
Woken Furies is a solid entry in the Takeshi Kovacs series of books. One thing I really like about this series is that, though they are all sci-fi, each has a unique identity in another genre(s). Altered Carbon is a noir thriller set in a sci-fi world, Broken Angels is more standard alien/action genre fare, and Woken Furies mixes both.
That being said, I really felt compelled to write a review for this book, as opposed to the other two, because the producer of this audiobook should be drawn and quartered and then fed to swamp panthers.
The mispronunciation and proper pronunciation of the main characters name is well covered in the first book. It would be one thing if we were all guessing at the pronunciation but anyone that has listened to or read the first book knows exactly how to pronounce "Kovacs". You'd think the audiobook company that produced the first two books would know how to as well. I know it may seem nit-picky but Kovacs' name is said about a million times in the book and hearing it pronounced "co-vacks" (as in Ernie) made me cringe every time. I suppose there is some reason why Todd McLaren didn't continue as narrator but it would have been nice to have him back. Narrator continuity is important.
The overuse of reverb and audio effects only adds to my hatred for the production crew of this audiobook. We aren't dumb and we don't need aubible clues that we are listening to a flashback or dream. There's a reason why professional voice actors narrate these books, afterall.
honestly, this is probably the worst reading of a book i've ever heard. its shocking that the publisher let this reach the public. the main characters name, his NAME, is mispronounced EVERY SINGLE TIME. The characters flashbacks/dreams are done in a painfully annoying echo effect. The reader cannot be well versed in english, and he regularly mispronounces words like "pedophile".
I rate this on par with Broken Angles. If you liked that title, I'm certain you'll like this. I still prefer the first title, Altered Carbon, for it's more traditional film-noir style dectective plot and wish the author had stuck with that rather than going into more military routes.
After listening to the previous two titles, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, I thought this title was a good follow-up. In fact, I personally prefered this title to Broken Angels, with Altered undoubtedly slated in the future to become a true "Classic" in noir-SF, but alas reading, like everything else is subjective. I found the oft referenced narrator to be better in some ways, and worse in others, by the standard of the previous two titles; his best line being "bye-bye head, bye-bye stack". I recommend ALL of the titles, and I hope that Mr. Morgan considers a retro series that builds upon the already established history based upon this series.