Seems to me like the author is having a sci-fi genetic philosophy debate with himself, via different characters. The themes of discusion repeat over and over via multiple characters Marcus meets along his journey. I'm trying my best to finish this one, but it keeps putting me to sleep. Yawn.
Thirteen ... It's hard to know even where to begin here. I sincerely want to recommend this book ... but I will do so with a note of caution. It's not an easy read/listen. It is dense and uneven. It is often preachy to the point of distraction. It is violent and explicit. But it is also quite intriguing. It left me wanting to know a lot more about this world and the future as envisioned by Richard K. Morgan. It also left me feeling pretty exhausted. While there is certainly no lack of creativity here, there is also a lot of information overload that goes with it. I had to push a bit to make it through to the end. I'll likely read more of Morgan ... just maybe not right away. In the end, I'll say this: If your sensitive about religion, sex, and violence, keep your distance. But if you can handle those topics, if you like your sci-fi with plenty of technological pop and political chaos, and if you feel lucky, give Thirteen a shot. You could do worse.
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As a fan of Morgan's previous works I was dissapointed with this audiobook. It took a long time to get started and never really made up for the slow start. There are alot more political ramblings than his other books. Although I would imagine we share similar political views it certainly did not make for an exciting story.
There were some exciting points and all of the usual Richard K Morgan ultra-violence, but I was hoping he'd try something new with this novel. Its the usual missunderstood super soldier premise that he's covered in depth before, only less exciting. If you've enjoyed to his other works you might like this one, but its certainly not as good as the Kovacs trilogy.
I'm not a prude by any measure but as usual the author has included unnessary gratuitus sex scenes that do nothing for the story and only serve as a distraction. I think I would have loved this aspect of his writing when I was 12-15 years old, but for any one who's not a teenage boy they come off as boring, amateurish, and overly pornographic.
I could only recomend this audiobook for those who have already enjoyed the Kovacs trilogy and have some extra credits to gamble with.
This is the fourth RKM book I've listened to so far. I believe it's his best. The story line is fascinating and the narration is brilliant. Highly Recommended.
This was a great road-trip book for us. Rich Story, interesting characters. It dragged a little in the middle while he explored his ideas about the future of civilization. They were interesting and definitely a possible real outcome, but not necessarily critical to the story. We definitely would recommend it to anyone who is open-minded and not easily offended.
I agree with Rusty. If you like the other books by this author, you will like this one too. His characters are complex mixtures of good and bad.
This book is a superb thriller. The story gets confusing with abrupt shifts of focus on various characters, but the action more than makes up for it. This is a novel of the future in about a century from now, when the fruits and price of the present genetic revolution have led to the technologies that form the basis of the book's characterization and plot. You can't stop listening. Well worth listening to more than once. The narrator does a fine job of conveying all the different personalities who are in conflict.
The first half of this book was very difficult to listen to. The author appears to paint a picture of the future whereby humans are unable to communicate without the use of massive amount of profanity laden speech. I'm not opposed to the use of profanity, but I found myself counting the uses of the words in one short segment and gave up after hitting 50 in less than 5 minutes. Entirely unnecessary!
The book finally picks up in the second half. Save yourself some time and skip straight to part II.