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.
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.