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
I don't know whether it was misreading or some typos in the original source material, but the narrator says "yazuka" once, before saying the correct "yakuza" later in the book. Near the end he also says "casual link" where only "causal link" would make sense in the context. I found these mistakes distracting from an otherwise compelling story and voice performance.
The premise and scifi are engaging and entertaining. The blurring between reality, virtual reality and the potential for the human soul to be converted into software is exactly the reason why I am a scifi fan. But this book is too long. Long passages that added little to the story. By the end I did not care how it resolved I struggled to finish. Performance of the actor is very compelling. They capture the tone and voice of each character.
Punchline - good story in need of an editor
Action packed throughout
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
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
Well worth reading or listening to
Constantly introduced ideas about the future that are both believable and possible, I loved it!
Almost a steampunk version of l Ron Hubbard, with a touch of Brandon Sanderson!
An almost laconic laid back narration, that fits the almost reminiscence style of writing
Death is no longer final
"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
Yes loved the book
All characters were good
He suits the book perfectly
Can u please but the rest of the books up for sale they are on your amaracan site please why not the uk site.
"Great story a bit of background noise"
Loved the story futuristic murder mystery. Only issue with this recording is some background noise which if you are listening to this on a noisy commute you may struggle to make all of it out but other than that a great story and a great listen.
"Recommend, but requires perseverance"
It's a long book, entirely told from the perspective of the protagonist. The story is well structured with plenty of twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the very end.
"One of the few books I keep coming back to"
I've been rereading Altered Carbon since it first came out and I still find it fresh and interesting. Whilst the later books really don't live up to the promise of the first, if you just accept the story and go with it, Altered Carbon is a fantastic book.
The narration is exactly right (noir but not backwards looking) and the story has enough depth to keep you interested.
Well worth a credit!
"Hardboiled SF, not bad."
If you're going to show your influences so brazenly, they'd better be good. The strongest influence here is probably Neuromancer, which isn't a bad place to start. Altered Carbon isn't quite that good, but it is certainly enjoyable. You've got a murder mystery, a reluctant protagonist, and future-tech galore. Not bad at all.
The main character is a bit of a superman. His special training and augmentations mane him kind of invincible, so you're never really concerned for him. However, the worst part is probably a very cringe worthy sex scene early in the story. It did make me laugh, but I don't think it was meant to. Aside from a few other minor niggles, it is a decent little story, set in a very well-developed world.
The reader was ok, but the female voices were a bit weak and breathy. Not bad enough to put you off though.
Bought the next one already the story is good the reading is ok
Richard Morgan is a great writer
"Altered Carbon review."
Awesome scifi novel. Morgan has created a believable yet colourfully imaginative futuristic world in this novel, the idea of Sleeves and having stacks of lives is scarily realistic to what we may have in the centuries to come.
Brutal and fast paced in places to keep any action fan entertained and the crime-mystery element keeps you on your toes, anticipating the next chapters.
Not to mention the depth of the characters he illustrates throughout the novel, especially in Kovacs, the protagonist, whose dry humour keeps the story on a good level.
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