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Altered Carbon | [Richard K. Morgan]

Altered Carbon

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Hardwire William Gibson into Dashiell Hammett and you get the unique universe that has earned Richard K. Morgan a legion of Audible fans. Todd McLaren wisely taps into the noir undercurrent for his narration - moving the action forward at a steady clip, letting the characterizations do the work, and treating high concepts like "sleeving" (downloading your personality into a new body) with a dead-pan legitimacy that makes them feel all the more real. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched 180 light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats "existence" as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

Altered Carbon is the first Takeshi Kovacs novel. Don't miss the sequels Broken Angels and Woken Furies.

©2003 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This far-future hard-boiled detective story is a lovely virtual-reality romp." (Booklist)
"Fast-paced, densely textured, impressive....Morgan's 25th-century Earth is convincing, while the questions he poses about how much Self is tied to body chemistry and how the rich believe themselves above the law are especially timely." (Publishers Weekly)

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    R. Palmer SLC, UT USA 12-19-08
    R. Palmer SLC, UT USA 12-19-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "great story"

    This is a great detective story, expertly narrated. I'd recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 03-14-09
    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 03-14-09 Member Since 2003
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    "A Good story ruined by the narrator"

    The story seemed interesting, but I was continually distracted by the horrible narration of Todd McLaren. This is the second book I have tried that he has read, and he is, frankly quite annoying. He tries WAY too hard to do voices & accents and he never gets them right. It totally distracts from what would, otherwise have been an enjoyable listen. I will never buy another book read by him. Sigh.

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    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 03-14-09
    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 03-14-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Imaginative"

    I liked the story and the future world it describes. Death is not death, but living forever is not what you think. A good old fashioned "shoot-em-up" story sometimes, it kept my interest throughout. I first thought the reader sounded a little disinterested or sarcastic, but in time it seemed to suit the main character. The story is full of interesting developments and did not disappoint at the end

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    Jim Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-10-09
    Jim Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-10-09
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    "One of the best Si-Fi books"

    Takes a little bit to get into the story but then, very well crafted and thought provoking. Also a great ending. If you have an active imagination you'll love it. I just might listen to this one again.

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    Tilden San Jose, CA, United States 03-09-09
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    Very enjoyable, fast paced and well developed. Reader was excellent.

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    Becky Carmel, IN, United States 10-11-08
    Becky Carmel, IN, United States 10-11-08
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    "Altered Carbon"

    No my genre. My husband would love it!

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    Gary PASADENA, CA, USA 06-10-05
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    "A Masterpiece."

    Altered Carbon goes beyond both of the genres it so brilliantly merges. The result is a novel for which I have no fitting superlative. It is a book for the ages.

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    David Morganville, NJ, USA 05-30-05
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    "Awful Narrator"

    This narrator was the worst. He couldn't keep my attention for more than 15 seconds at a time. I was so looking forward to listening and gave up a few hours in. I am a regular audiobook listener and he was awful.

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    J. Locke Tampa FL 07-29-08
    J. Locke Tampa FL 07-29-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Real Deal - This is what I've been looking for"

    I loved this book.

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