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Altered Carbon | [Richard Morgan]

Altered Carbon

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
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Publisher's Summary

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. Read by Todd McLaren.

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

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  • Owen Phillips 2
    Swansea, South Wales, UK
    12/16/13
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    "Altered Carbon"
    If you could sum up Altered Carbon in three words, what would they be?

    Action packed throughout


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall concept is a fascinating one, - I won't offer any spoilers here, but has an interrsting take on inter-stellar travel and how to get around issues of time dilation

    I bought the book when it first came out, following a good recommendation in SFX magazine, and its one heck of a read - on audio, its equally as entertaining


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Very difficult to focus in on one scene when the entire book is so packed full or action and activity. One scene which I found unpleasant featured torture (if you're squeamish about eyes, watch out in the final two chapters , but it fit very well into the storyline


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth reading or listening to

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    washington, tyne and wear, United Kingdom
    10/19/13
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    "Always interesting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Altered Carbon the most enjoyable?

    Constantly introduced ideas about the future that are both believable and possible, I loved it!


    What other book might you compare Altered Carbon to, and why?

    Almost a steampunk version of l Ron Hubbard, with a touch of Brandon Sanderson!


    What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    An almost laconic laid back narration, that fits the almost reminiscence style of writing


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Death is no longer final


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • john
    milton keynes, United Kingdom
    4/24/14
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    "Great read"
    Would you listen to Altered Carbon again? Why?

    Yes loved the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters were good


    What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He suits the book perfectly


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Can u please but the rest of the books up for sale they are on your amaracan site please why not the uk site.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abdullmm
    London, United Kingdom
    3/19/14
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    "An excellent read"

    It was such a relief to come across this book after weeks of listening to boring books and even more boring performers. The narration is excellent. Each character is well and properly portrayed. Todd is awesome. I would recommend it to all scifi fans

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/22/14
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    "Sci Fi detective story, well read"
    If you could sum up Altered Carbon in three words, what would they be?

    SciFi Action Mystery


    What other book might you compare Altered Carbon to, and why?

    Greg Mandel - Mindstar Rising.
    Detective / Action with a scifi lining.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The overprotective Hotel - Lobby scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    very well read and has plenty of action and good detective storyline.
    Enjoyed listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaspal
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    7/4/13
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    "Simile overload= flawed Sci fi film noir"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Yes, digitised consciousness is scifi but the rest of this is like a hammed up film noir knock off. I kept expecting mike hammer to appear in the next scene.

    Really not a scifi story - to my mind.

    Narration was good, though some of the pronunciation was a bit odd sometimes.


    Has Altered Carbon put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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