Richard K Morgan has achieved a near-perfect blend of plausible science, characters devoid of cliches, and a narrative that is tightly woven and intricate--like a hand-made Japanese wall hanging in silk--Altered Carbon is masterful.
Todd McClaren, the sole narrator, surpasses the challenge of this book, one filled with countless major characters who are all quite varied and distinct human beings. He excels with his multiple voice characterizations, and his performance, too, deserves 4 stars or more, if possible.
Richard K Morgan describes his people in details both subtle and broad, and motivates them with a story line generously crafted. The author assembles his players complete with all their necessary history, desires, passions, loves, violence, rage, despair, and human compassion.
Altered Carbon is intricately plotted, which compelled me to follow the narrative very closely; consequently, it necessitated many rewinds.
In addition to hard Sci-Fi, this story is also a first-rate murder mystery and thriller, with clues foreshadowed most believably and, although set in future Earth, with unusual devices, and digital-human relationships that will blow your mind, the narrative is painstakingly tight, and designed to also sate many devotees of the best mysteries and thrillers.
...to endure the telling of this story. It promises great entertainment, and quite engrossing themes, but the telling is slow, slow, slow; the listening is tedious.
It is possible to enjoy this tome, I suppose, but one has to stay wide awake and be very patient.
This work would be much better realized with a cast of 4 or more players, not just one voice actor with a limited range.
The later works of this sensitive, prophetic writer show his growth, his deeper understanding of human psychological aberrations, our universal need for love and meaning; in fact, anything you, the reader, want to see between the lines, or hear in the nuanced and perfect characterizations of his best reader, Tom Weiner, is there to be found. The questions will put you in a pensive state until the day...
It is not possible to be disappointed with a Philip K. Dick novel or short story. "Horselover Fat," which he proclaims as his alter ego (Philip Dick as translated to German), is evidence of P.D.'s endearing self-effacing humility.
Never does this writer believe he is giving you the answer to humanity's questionable future, but he then proceeds to give you the most precise foretelling of our future, hidden from view, as it should be.
Read him and love him. Love humankind and the world we have inherited.
You will not find any of these important themes in the films taken from his work, no matter what anyone says.
to both Richard K. Morgan Takeshi Kovacs tomes, the scenes and characters have seeped into my psyche. All is vivid. All is extremely well-written. However, I don't like the feelings I'm left with, after time. Sure, I was fascinated when listening, but now I realize the problem which is causing me pain and unhappiness.
Takeshi Kovacs, the character who would naturally seem to be the protagonist, sympathetic, likable, even lovable, is none of these.
He is a superior fighter, has a brilliant mind, and can kill without conscience. I do not like him--and his world depresses me. Very much.
I feel sick, at times, when I recall the most vivid scenes and the actions taken by Kovacs. This is bloody, violent, no love here. Lots of sex. No love that I remember.
OK if you want it, but I'm not going to buy the third book, Woken Furies. I will stay far away. I hope hundreds of years away in time.
If I recommended this audiobook to you, if anyone did, the customer review section of audible.com would suffer from a serious lack of credibility and respectability.
Simply put: the story is bad. The author attempts to create a world which is a strange mixture of talking sea creatures, a man in a whale robot! Erasure of the US-Mexican border with no believable explanation of how or why it happened. Barber poles every 100 "feet" down road past Tijuana to the "ET zone" in Baja—the first of many to come in the world! It is very poorly, strangely read, with the ET voice characterizations attempted by the narrator spine chilling. Cartoon-like. Bad. Not listenable.
Don't buy this.
I am a real BB fan, but I wish I had done my research on this new release of his, because it is not set in space, nor in the future, but reads like a murder mystery. I am also sooo tired of narrator S. Rudnicki, who seems to work too much. Send him a message to slow down. please.
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