This is another outstanding effort in the ongoing saga of ex-Envoy assassin, cum private detective Takeshi Kovacs. Many reviewers have taken exception with comparing Richard Morgan to Neil Stephenson or William Gibson. I loved Stephenson?s early work, and Gibson broke new ground with Neuromancer, but where are they lately? Stephenson has been engrossed in his three book Cryptonomicon series, a long drawn-out story that is something like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but that flat out makes no sense. Who knows where Gibson has gone, his later books show him struggling with finding new visions in his once vivid imagined universe. Morgan picks up the mantle and welds on a bit of Raymond Chandler, and the result is exceptionally entertaining and quite interesting. There are a couple of graphic sex scenes that do seem a bit gratuitous, and if you read the first book, they will make you wonder about Morgan?s predilections. Still, I have to think that if Chandler could have gotten away with it, Sam Spade would have had a similar scene with the bookseller in The Maltese Falcon. If you like gritty, sci-fi set in the not too distant future, and not the dreck that Kevin Anderson is pushing in his abysmal ?Saga of Seven Suns? series; you?ll like this book and its prequel, Altered Carbon. Definitely not a waste of a book-credit.
A blend of Lord Peter Whimsey, Lovejoy and Bertie Wooster all mixed up and resulting in something original and incredibly fun. Simply one of the best I've heard recently. Simon Prebbles accent is spot on and the various voices he takes for the characters are distinctive and nicely done. The plot is intricate, the characters are well fleshed out (particularly Johanna) and I found myself amused and entertained throughout. I'm giving this one five stars and can't recommend it highly enough.
Set in an imagined universe of interchangeable bodies, downloadable personalities kept in computer storage, high-tech weaponry and Artificial Intelligences capable of owning and running hotels, Altered Carbon picks up the mantle (and the void) left by cyberpunk writer William Gibson. Gibson has departed from his roots and his later novels lack the hard edge of Neuromancer and Count Zero Overide. Richard Morgan develops his protagonist Takashi Kovach and he spins through the narrative like Sam Spade in a Kevlar vest, implanted with neurochem that gives him the physical edge in the bleak world he inhabits. Exceptionally well written, great characterizations, nicely read by Todd McLaren. If you love the cyberpunk genre, this is one of the best authors on the scene. Also recommended is his sequel Broken Angels.
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It's interesting to note the disparity of reviews for this awful work. It apparently is a "love it or hate it" kind of thing. Somehow it seems odd that a work that is resoundingly hated by many reviewers, received an overall rating of 4.2. We are also teased with comments like "remember it is a sequel" by the positive reviewers, and it is compared to Dune and Lord of the Rings (astonishing considering how absolutely bad it is). It makes one wonder if the author's friends are doing a bit of log-rolling to help him out. Take it from someone who does a lot of reading and listening to recorded books, This one is a dog.
I have always loved Larry Niven's novels in the Worlds of Known Space series, and Protector is no exception. Niven makes some leaps of logic that are both logical and stunning, providing the backdrop for a terrific story that has well developed characterizations, good science and tight plotting. The battle in deep space is a great, indepth analysis of what extreme long-distance warfare would be all about.
Mark Sherman does a good job of narration, and his pronounciation of the Pak language is quite interesting, although not how I would have done it. Another example of how the written word can be interpreted differently by different people.
In all, highly recommended and worth the download.
A truly wonderful story, populated with rich, characterizations and terrific background. I've listened to the first two in this series and in my estimation, this is the best. Great sea yarn along with some of the most interesting characters in fiction. I have heard that the quality of the stories drops off in the later books, but the first three will knock your socks off. HIGHLY and FIRMLY RECOMMENDED.
Unlike some of the other reviewers I had no trouble with the full cast component. I'm a terrific Heinlen fan and I think this version did justice to his book and the "Boy's Adventure" form he popularized. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story, the courage and steadfast loyalty of Henry, and was brought to tears by the tenderness of the Mother-Thing and found this one of the best selections I've ever made from Audible. As my daughter would say, definitely a do-over.
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