I rated the 1st book as being ok and decided to try the 2nd book based on reviews, since I did like the concepts of this futuristic world. This 2nd book was horrible. I couldn't follow the story and had a hard time connecting to any characters. Almost no action compared to the 1st book.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Narration is superb. Story is interesting, and well thought out. I would have given it a better score if more was revealed about the Martians. This is book 2, and is only vaguely connected to book 1, and can stand alone, and in fact could even be read out of order, although I think reading them in order is preferred. 93 out of 100.
I am the 30 something truck driver. Listen to audiobooks often and enjoy listening to them at work.
I loved Broken Angels because it trusts the audience to figure out what is happening without giving to much description of this new world. It is like Richard Morgan said, "Here are some basic essentials, now go ahead and have a look around this future I have created." The main character is a total bad a**. I enjoyed this ride.
The main character because he is an experienced soldier without prejudice of what race of woman he wants, confident, and sarcastic.
He is a talented voice performer who knows how and when to be suspensful or dramatic.
When they enter the martian ship. So erie.
yes, it's just a great detailed world to dive into. Love the grit and grime, great cyber punk without some of more ridiculous filler you'll find elsewhere.
most of the earlier books by Neil Stevenson, same kind of vide, a plausible future capped off with vivid gritty texture. But Morgan tends to side step most of the crazier absurd anime induced characters and events that are more common in the genre then not. True he picks his moments to go over the top, but for most part characters do pretty much what you would expect given their development over the course of the story, and you never really find yourself breaking with the laws set by the world laid out around you.
So far I've just heard the Takeshi Kovacs novels, all about the same. I appreciate that McLaren adds a little flavor and change over to the plethora of characters he plays, but I bought and read all these books long before I listen to them in audio form, and his interpretation seems a bit off at times. Overall a great read and a thrill to listen to, his Kovacs is spot on!
*uck you world I'm a Nihilist, deal with it.
great series, loved every moment!
Watch out. Duck!
Entering the alien ship and finding the angels.
The plot was more complex than "Altered Carbon," more political intrigue. Sometimes I got lost in who was behind one offensive or another.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This book takes off where ALTERED CARBON left off. Takeshi Kovacs is off on another mission that doesn’t turn out like he had planned. On a new planet and in a new body he has to survive in a war zone while juggling military mercenaries and corporate raiders. This is the middle book of a trilogy but does not lack for energy or adventure.
Todd McLaren once again narrates; this time surpassing his stellar performance from the first book. Morgan populates this novel with even more quirky characters than before allowing McLaren to really shine. He gets my award for best audio book performance of the year, whatever year it is.
The book that preceded this one, Altered Carbon, stunned me with its clever plotting, original take on future technology and solid writing. Many reviewers have argued that this second book surpasses the first, but this sadly is not the case. Broken Angels lacks the cleverness and originality of the first book -- I was never surprised or amazed because it all felt so familiar. I attribute that to Morgan's extensive borrowing of plot elements from sources such as Stargate SG-1 and the (bad) movie Virus (as well as the dozens of similar movies where a research team with marine escorts slowly falls victim to an unknown menace).
I love hard core sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy
After Altered Carbon I put Morgan on the list of authors to watch.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Morgan's second outing with Kovacs character. He wasn't flat but there wasn't a whole lot of depth to him after the first novel. I was pleasantly surprised with this outing and with the fact it departed from the Hardboiled Nior genre a bit and got more into the para military aspects of Kovacs past and his current skills.
This is my favorite novel to date by Morgan and is on my short list to read again. It is good enough to stand on it's own without Altered Carbon backing it up. Morgan uses the distance of time to keep the same character but put him in a different setting where we can see a whole new dimension to him.
Morgan still puts in too much graphic sex for my taste but that can be overlooked in this novel.
There isn't much more I can say without spoiling things. I will say that it is a very fun ride with lots of shoot'em up's and head scratching with a real taste of aliens without actually having a live aliens marching around in the book.
This book has made the "recommend to friends list" and will stay there for a long time to come!
Todd McLaren is just masterful. Again, he takes the written word and gives it life. His readings never get in the way of the story. I'd listen to him read the side of a cake mix box, he is just that good.
The narration was excellent as before, Todd McLaren really does a good job capturing the characters. The twist at the end was unexpected and the whole story was riveting. I feel like it could've moved faster. I was somewhat disappointed with the way the story progressed and the bloodshed.
Otherwise, a great followup to the first novel!