Yes, I've already listened to it four times myself.
When Chris takes on his best friend.
Pretty much every moment was stirring.
Having reading Thirteen and Altered Carbon, I had expected much from Morgan. Unfortunately, this story was a departure from his other works and not in a good way. The story rambled and lacked any real coherence. The book read like numerous short stories that the author attempted to weave together around the main character. There was, however, no attempt at creating an over-arching, unifying point. So many of these side stories could have been deleted from the main story. They didn't add to the character, the setting, or the plot.
Unlike other reviewers, I also didn't find the characters particular deep or compelling. Rather, I had the sense that Morgan was confused about who Chris (the main character) really was. On the one hand, one could say that that confusion was a reflection of Chris's own confusion of his sense of identity, but the confusion in terms of plot, pacing, and setting would suggest that the confusion was a reflection of poor development rather than thought.
The dark, corporate future depicted in Market Forces is reminiscent of Jack Womack and William Gibson. Though some of the old Cyberpunk works are beginning to show their age, Morgan breathes new life into the genre with dueling executives in armored Jaguars! It?s very exciting stuff with a realistic social commentary on the inhuman nature of corporations.
On the one hand, the concept is brilliant: take today's business world and extend its current return to stockholders mindset to the absurd. Clear, cutting, satire. On the other hand, the book was wordy, character development of the women was shallow, and the use of the f-word exceeded the number of commas. I particularly enjoyed the british pronunciation of the word: urinal.
Richard K. Morgan doing what he does best. An imaginative book set in the near future. Interesting characters and a great story. Not for the faint of heart though. Very violent, but it works.
Take a healthy dose of globalization run amok, mix liberally with John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman", add a dash of "Blade Runner" (directors cut thank you very much) and you've got something resembling this work. The canned jacket liner material doesn't do it justice.
Reading the Audible blurb after finishing the book doesn't just make me go "they just didn't get it;" It totally lacks the "gut wrenching - can't stop listening - don't want the story to end - but in a way relieved that it's over" feeling the book leaves the reader with at the end. Well worth the read.