Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history.
In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan's World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with "the" Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it's time to be afraid.
After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell.
Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.
©2005 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
"The author's eye for detail and feel for the atmosphere and nuances of SF noir result in a story packed with action and angst that will also appeal to general suspense readers." (Library Journal)
"Morgan's anxiously awaited third Takeshi Kovacs novel makes a terrific addition to an award-winning series....Highly recommended for followers of the series, cyberpunk devotees, and hard-boiled detective fans not averse to a little genre-bending." (Booklist)
I have listened to every Richard K. Morgan book. This book was just as good as his first two. The narrator was a little bit of a shock after settling into Todd McLaren as the voice of Takeshi Kovacs. This narrator does a better job with the female voices. I only have one grip. He says Takeshi Kovacs's name wrong. He pronounces it Kovax instead of with the "ch" as in the other books. It is irritating everytime I hear it. It really takes me out of the story. But, other than that I didn't think he was horrible. However, I prefer Todd McLaren even if he female voices are a little too whispery for me.
I, too, am highly disappointed after listening, or should I say, struggling thru only four hours of William Dufris.
He reminds me of the terrible full cast reading of the "Helmsman" series, the lack of research and mispronunciations in "The Camel Club", and just an all around attitude of "I don't care how it was done before". His
I don't mind a different series narrator, and trust me, as a charter member of Audible, I've heard a lot, but I'd have to rank him near the bottom.
I would hope that the author didn't have narrator approval rights for this production, but if he did, then he too, didn't listen to the first two novels.
I gave this book only two stars becase, in my opinion, it's not as well written as Altered Carbon (best), or Broken Angels (not Broken Arrow, as one reviewer stated).
It seemed to jump around a lot, but that could be Dufris' voice grating on my nerves and not being able to hold my attention; it could be Tantor's equally bad production techniques.
There was an excessive use of the "F" word, and the pronunciations and name abbreviations were were terrible; Yak for Yakuza (is it Yah-COO-zuh, YAH-coo-zah, YACK-ooze-uh), Tack for Tageshi, Yad for Yadmina ( I think that was her name, you know the animated dead girl).
Maybe Morgan has been sleeved one too many times.
Anyway, it won't cause me to cancel my Aubible membership, but it will make me think twice about any book involving Tantor Media or William Dufris.
This is one of those books you can't wait to finish but don't want to end. I find the writing very well done. While I could pass on the extra detai of the intimate relations - in the end they don't detract and add a depth to understanding the characters. The author has created an incredibly detailed description of his created world. The consistency across the multiple books is very well done and the characters, while not all likeable, provide vehicles for his treatise. I cannot recommend this book to everyone, but I found it a great listen and one of my favorite books. Great Job Richard K. Morgan. My regret is that he has done such a good job of tying up the loose ends there isn't really a reason for a sequel to a triology that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Think of all the cliches associated with ham acting, and you'll have concise review for this appallingly bad reading. Only the quality of the source material and my enjoyment of the preceding two books in the series kept me listening.
How bad is it? Think of Ted Knight (Remember the Mary Tyler Moore show?) reading Dashiell Hammett. Every man comes across as a bad parody of John Wayne; every woman, a bitchy or bored queen; and every adolescent, a whiny brat.
The Producer responsible for this recording should be sacked for not doing his homework (KovaKs, not KovaCH), for not honoring the series (Did he read or listen to the first two books?), and, above all, for not respecting the potential of the material.
Show me your paso doble.
just wanted to say the echo is not in the entire book, once you get past that and the "Kovacks" it's a pretty good listen.
I too listened to broken arrow and altered carbon. I enjoyed this one a little more.
The theme of the first two seemed to be sleeves, which really interesting got old after a while.
This book exposed many more cyber punk ideas, plus religion, goverment, martians, family and the characters were developed a little more.
I didnt notice the narrator mispronunciation of Kovacs and thought he was a believable Kovacs.
The echo only happened once an hour and only bothered me when it was long.
I can't wait for his next novel. I hope sleeve's are just a smaller part of the next one and he blows my socks off with more cyberpunk.
I was absolutely appalled at the way Tantor Media handled this recording after their excellent treatment of the first two books in the series. Dufris just does not have the voice for a noir thriller, and his ignorance of how to pronounce Kovacs' name was as grating as nails on a blackboard. By all means, if you have any love of sci-fi or noir (and can stomach some extreme violence and a bit of sex), be sure to get the first two books in the series, "Altered Carbon" and "Broken Angels", but stay away from this recording. The only way Tantor Media will realize how much they screwed up is if people don't buy it. As for me, I'm going to pick up the "dead-tree edition" of this one; it's not worth my time to suffer through 22 hours of a bad narrator butchering one of my favorite authors.
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Great book that wasn't ruined by the narrator. Don't get me wrong. I am not apologizing for the guy. After all, the mispronunciation of Kovacs was a pretty big goof considering the discussion of same in Altered Carbon. Fortunately, everything else was pretty good. I would have preferred the same narrator as the first two in the series, but the narration was fine once (if) you got past the Kovacs mispronunciation thing.
Great story and highly recommended.
I got this book even though the reviews said the recording was horrible. Its true that the epilogue and flashbacks have a terrible echoey sound, but the rest of the book is fine. The narriator does sound like Kurt Russell ala Snake Pliskin for much of the book though. I also found myself fast forwarding through a couple of the sex scenes, but I remember doing this with the previous books also. I'm still only giving this 3 stars because I thought the story was lacking. Definitely not his best.
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