Do I have to give it one star?
This is the worst production of an audio book I've found to date in my 80 listens.
I think the story is a big step down as well, but if you've read the first two it's still worth your time. Just not in this format as the narration really is terrible. A monotone would have been bettter, heck my old comodor 64 text to speech programs would have bene better narrarotrs.
I'll activly avoid William Dufris in the future. Just one inexcusable example, after making the pronunciation of the main characters name a highlight of the first books, this guy screws it up completely by making the exact mistake made fun of in earlier books. In general his style, and skill, are poor. The echo other mentioned by other reviewers make the book inaudible if you listen on a blackberry or other less than superior speaker system.
The story was not bad. Not as good as the first two but still good. I don't know why Morgan feels he needs to sprinkle his stories with hardcore sex but he put even more of it in this work than the previous two combined. I don't like to combine my explicite violence with so much explicite sex.
Now to the reader and production quality.
The producer felt he should add some effects during certain events and it appears they used the 'bad mic in a barrel' effect. The reader isn't really that bad. He probably should have listened to the first two a little more closely. His pronounciations are a little different which was mildly irritating. The thing that just got under my skin was the way he pronounced contractions (didn't couldn't, etc.) I can't describe it but man did it bug me. I remember having the same irritation with a Nick Sagan book, I haven't checked to see if its the same reader
This reading of Woken Furies is nothing less than 22 hours of virtual interrogation. When you start listening you notice that there is a new narrator.
William Durfis is a good narrator; I've heard him before. Then you notice what will become the endless and unneeded use of reverb on the narrator's voice. Then you will notice the fact that the narrator doesn't even know how to pronounce Takeshi Kovacs name. (This is where they put the blowtorch to your feet) HOW can the producer and Richard himself have not told the narrator how to pronounce Kovacs name correctly when Richard made such a big point of how his name was pronounced in the first two books? The combining of not so special voice effects with the mispronouncing of Kovacs name is nothing less than torture. Know that this book is a great read, but this reading of Woken Furies has turned a great story into a grind right to the death..for all of you who are interested in buying this recording; DON'T. Buy the book and read it.
If you listen to this recording you will find yourself saying,"That's f_ _ king ENOUGH."
While I felt the story was on a par with its predecessor, the echo/flange effect was used in the introduction and throughout the story because someone felt the listener wouldn't be smart enough to tell the narrative apart from internal thoughts and flashbacks. These "enhancements" were truly annoying and greatly detracted from my enjoyment of this title.
I'm hoping producers of future titles take heed to all the other reviews and quit trying to enhance the narrative with inappropriate use of the echobox and other voice effects and rely on a quality narrator.
The story alone rates four stars, but my still watering eyes docked it two points for the nasty audio effects.
Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
The previous two novels in the Takeshi Kovacs series are read by Todd McClaren, who gives Takeshi a jaded, world-weary and unimpressed air that fits the noir feeling of the novels *perfectly.* The reader of Woken Furies takes an opposite approach and as a result makes Takeshi sound like a testosterone-junkie street punk hopped up on meth. To add insult to injury, a cheesy microphone-in-a-coffee-can effect is used to let us know when Takeshi is imagining a line of dialogue.
Let me be clear: I worship Richard K. Morgan and his books. But I could not force myself to listen to the narrator of Woken Furies. I'm so disappointed that Todd McClaren or Simon Vance didn't read this title as well. Instead of Woken Furies, download Thirteen or Market Forces, both excellent titles. Woken Furies is a good book but a miserably disappointing audiobook.
Pay attention to the comments made by others here and buy a hard copy of the book.
Every time the narrator says Kovak with a hard "K" instead of the proper (and importantly well explained pronunciation of the name in the first book) "ch" I would cringe (which occurred at least once per paragraph throughout the book).
On top of that Kovak's flashbacks (like when he flashbacks to Inanin in the first two books) are all done with a cheap reverb effect that makes the entire segment virtually unlistenable.
It being to listen to more than 90 minutes of the book. As to the audio component of the book, I found the repeated and lengthy use of the faux echo to be extremely annoying and distracting. As to the written component, I found the dialogue to be stilted and the plot thin and slow to develop. All in all, a major disappointment given that I had thoroughly enjoyed the preceding two books in the series and had eagerly anticipated listening to this installment.
I just finished this and did all 3 books in the series in a row. The narrator for this one was bad but if you stick with it you get used to it. It should be a requirement to listen to the other ones before narrating a new one. And they did stupid things with reverb etc when he was "thinking." Bad production overall.
The book and story itself I enjoyed and after a while could ignore the poor production quality. If you liked the other books and think you can ignore production issues then get the audiobook. If not buy the real book.
Although the writing is strong, I'm very dissapointed that this audiobook did not retain the narrator and style of the first two. It's especially annoying that the pronunciation of Kovacs, which is explicitly called out in the first two, is botched by this narrator.
The first two books in the series (Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) were very good. I was anxiously awaiting this third to appear on Audible. I downloaded it as soon as it was released and I was immediately disappointed. The director decided to have the first 10 minutes of the reading done with a huge echo effect (to signify we were hearing the thoughts of the main character). I am not sure what the director was hoping to have it sound like, but what they got was horrible. Just grit your teeth and push through these first 10 minutes and the sound will clear up (the effect is used briefly in other sections). The story, while still engaging is not nearly as good as either of the first two books. There are lots of characters that really do not seem to add very much to the plot, the pace of the book is much slower and for some reason there are several sections of really graphical sexual language.
While the first two books introduced a society with very advanced technology and examined how that technology influenced the society. This book does not introduce any new concepts or uses for the technology.
If you liked the first two books then by all means purchase this one, just don't expect it to be at the same level.