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)
I'm always fascinated when I read an author's view of the future that's original, well-conceived, and completely plausible. The society and culture of this world are worth the visit, even if the characters are straight out of a Raymond Chandler hard-boiled detective novel. It's one of those books where the setting is integral to the story, and vice versa. You can't have one without the other.
But despite what I would consider two-dimentional characters, the overall experience was good. I wouldn't give it my highest recommendation, but I would recommend it for Sci-Fi fans and detective fiction fans.
RKM - Yes
TM - No. Not in this format
Dick Hill, Dennis Boutsikaris, John Lee,
I could not get past the lofty. fluffy British accent which is the same for different characters.
Too bad, because good Sci Fi is hard to come by. Could not listen past 30 mins.
Likely a case of "It's not you,..It's me" as the book has a high average rating.
The story is fascinating and only this kept me reading. There is an exceptional amount of graphic violence, sex and foul language in the book as well, so if you dislike this "baser" side then I do not recommend this series
Really enjoyed the story and the setting. Reminded me of a cross between Blade Runner and the 7th Son books by J.C. Hutchins. Highly recommended.
Different than most Sci-Fi - forced me to think of things never considered
Trep (sp?) - Love/hate kind of thing
reader in florida
Richard Morgan created a futuristic, action packed novel with a twisting and turning plot that kept me on the edge of my seat!
Altered Carbon is different than most of the books I've listened to so far combining a futuristic view of humanity while still maintaining the age old faults and vices. For me it was a nice listen for three main reasons: 1. I couldn't always predict where the story was leading 2. when you were introduced with something that seemed insubstantial, it would rear it's head later being an integral part of the story and 3. despite it's grimy beginning, Takeshi Kovacs seemed to have some redeeming qualities after all.
There is only one character (Kovacs) to really appreciate here as a favorite while other characters were interesting in their detail.
I've listened to Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. Todd's narration spoiled me for when I listened to the third book, Woken Furies, it was hard to stay interested in the story missing the narrator from the previous two books.
No extreme reaction just a continued level of interest throughout.
Well worth the listen in my opinion but be warned, some of the sex scenes are very graphic but still didn't take away from the overall story.
Something about myself!
An excellent genre-crossing potboiler. McLaren does a great job of bringing it to life, phrasing things differently than I would have in my head which added depth of character I might have missed with a dead tree read. This was one of my favorite Audible performances.
If you like old, black and white, Noir movies, you'll recognize the tropes as they click in one after the other, but I mean that as a compliment. It was great fun having it all laid out and the world Morgan creates is interesting to learn about.
Does anyone use the term "Cyberpunk" anymore? The setting is on the line between that and more traditional sci-fi.
I'd highly recommend this and am actually on the audible site here to grab the next one in the series. As I said in the headline, the trilogy is available for two credits and I wish now I would have done that.
Very good performance by the reader.
Doesn't "focus" on the sci-fi... it focuses on the story.
Does a very good job of setting the tone.
This story is what SF is supposed to be -- a novel central technology that spins out multiple effects on society and the individuals swiming in this new world.
The story opens with an action scene written for the movies and continues to have enough techno-pop action to keep the adrenelin part of the story moving. The central premise of essential immortality is explored from several characters viewpoints -- a cop, ex-military, everyday joe & jane, powerful industrialists, the religous devout. So if it is possible to transfer your essence from one body/sleeve to another, what genies are released. The author avoids demonizing the concept and his characters don't go into long introspective rants; you get to do that yourself based on your reading of the book.
My only complaint is that it took me more than a couple chapters to orient myself to this world and the characters in it -- there is complexity and then there is just being adrift.
The narration was good -- enough voice variation to differentiate the characters and good pacing (I'm getting tired of running stories at 1.5x to keep the actors from overacting).
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