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Thirteen Audiobook

Thirteen

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Publisher's Summary

Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison - a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous.

Luckily, his "enhanced" life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He's another Thirteen, one who's already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there's no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane and alive long enough to succeed?

©2007 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Stellar." (Publishers Weekly)

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    John Schmeisser Eagan, MN United States 09-04-07
    John Schmeisser Eagan, MN United States 09-04-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Takes a while to develop"

    The first half of this book was very difficult to listen to. The author appears to paint a picture of the future whereby humans are unable to communicate without the use of massive amount of profanity laden speech. I'm not opposed to the use of profanity, but I found myself counting the uses of the words in one short segment and gave up after hitting 50 in less than 5 minutes. Entirely unnecessary!

    The book finally picks up in the second half. Save yourself some time and skip straight to part II.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Grand Blanc, MI, United States 06-17-09
    Bill Grand Blanc, MI, United States 06-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Very XXX vocabulary"

    Very dissapointed! Every 5th word was "F***". Apparently this author has a very limited vocabulary. I could not get past the 1st half hour. I will be staying away from this author in the future!. Wish I could get my $ back.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 10-24-08
    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 10-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Too SLOW"

    I couldn't even finish the book... It just seem to drag on... I couldn't seem to maintain interest in the book.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa osprey, FL, United States 05-08-08
    Theresa osprey, FL, United States 05-08-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Intelligent, not for kids, rated R- Fantastic!"

    Richard Morgan's best work. This is intelligent Sci Fi, with a good proportion of Sex and Violence-(Much more violence than sex, but that's life, isn't it?) The Narration is flawless, and each scene is so detailed, that the mind wanders to the imagery just as the action grabs you-There are well placed Rants against all kinds of prejudices, religions included- So, if you can't suffer hearing that someone doesn't believe in your religion, don't listen.
    Morgan could turn this into his own version of Stephen King's Dark Tower, and he should! PS: The wife doesn't share my enthusiasm, she liked it, but I loved it!. Listened 4 or 5 times, and it's an ipod keeper!. Jack

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Whittaker, MI, United States 04-02-08
    Douglas Whittaker, MI, United States 04-02-08 Member Since 2001
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    "I agree with Rusty"

    I agree with Rusty. If you like the other books by this author, you will like this one too. His characters are complex mixtures of good and bad.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Billings, MT, USA 04-05-08
    Chuck Billings, MT, USA 04-05-08
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    "Sci Fi?"

    While many people liked this book, I didn't. The science fiction elements could have been removed without much change to the overall book. Plus, it read like a bad R rated movie, with a lot of language. Plus rants against Christianity. I want to listen to a book, not a soapbox. I was relieved it was over.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    baraban US 07-15-15
    baraban US 07-15-15

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    "a very uneven book."
    What did you like best about Thirteen? What did you like least?

    It is a good futuristic story but too much of authors political views and moralizing become tedious. It is also surpringly sappy. Similar to Altered Carbon but at least two notches down.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lamlakhone Plainfield, IL, United States 12-27-13
    Lamlakhone Plainfield, IL, United States 12-27-13
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    "A hard listen"
    What did you like best about Thirteen? What did you like least?

    I don't know what I liked about the book. I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I loved his Kovacs series. Every other word in this book was some cuss word or something. I don't recall the other books containing this much. Maybe I don't hang around enough people that use this much profanity as part of their daily communication. I tried listening to it on the trip to Florida and then at work but no luck. Maybe it's the narration. Maybe it will be better if I read it. Who knows.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Reduce the amount of swear words. I understand where the author is going with the character but too much is too much.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It may not be the narrator but the book.


    Was Thirteen worth the listening time?

    If I could get through it maybe. But as stated above, I got to chapter 10 and had to quit(I really wanted to like it as I needed something to listen to on the long drive to Florida.). In all honesty, I don't even remember the parts I listened to or what the book was about. I just remember that it contained a lot of swear words. I tried going back to it again and realized why I stopped. Sorry.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george United States 10-31-13
    george United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "Pass this one by."

    It was just kind of boring. It dragged on. I really enjoyed Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, but this is far from his best effort. The narrator does a decent job, but the story barely held my interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John West Haven, UT, United States 01-22-13
    John West Haven, UT, United States 01-22-13
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    "Not a great book"
    What disappointed you about Thirteen?

    The story was not what I expected from Morgan. Just disappointed.


    What was most disappointing about Richard K. Morgan’s story?

    Not interesting


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thirteen?

    Didn't finish


    Any additional comments?

    No longer getting any more books from this author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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