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