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)
If you listened to the first two books, you'll be disappointed with this one. This reader is unconvincing as the hard-bitten and macho Takeshi Kovacs. Whenever the dialogue calls for stress, we get plaintive and pewling instead. And the WOMEN... yeeh gawds! The reader explores every shade and nuance of whiney and insipid.
The only thing worse is his forced interpretation of the gratuitous (and frankly, laughable and unimaginative) sex scenes. (Did any one else notice that the scenes depicted last all of THREE MINUTES real-time)-Okay, not the readers's fault- Clearly, Morgan has some issues of his own. I'm not easily offended anymore, but there was a time when I would have been apoplectic at the copious use of the "C" word here.
Props to reader McLaren for his performances in the first two books. Props to Morgan for some interesting imaginings and otherwise taught narrative. But if THIS had been my introduction to the series, I never would have gotten past the first book.
Different than Altered Carbon, the first book in this series, but good all the same. This is more of a SciFi thriller than a Futuristic Film Noir, think Aliens vs. Blade Runner.
Be forewarned though... this book is gritty. The language and imagery is not in the PG-13 category so common to the genre.
It takes a while to catch on to some of the out of this world concepts that Morgan puts into his story's. But once ya wrap yer brain around changing bodys, like an old shirt, this tale, and the rest of the adventures of Tokoshi is most captivating. If you like sci-fi this will be a favorite among friends in your library.
Woken Furies is a solid entry in the Takeshi Kovacs series of books. One thing I really like about this series is that, though they are all sci-fi, each has a unique identity in another genre(s). Altered Carbon is a noir thriller set in a sci-fi world, Broken Angels is more standard alien/action genre fare, and Woken Furies mixes both.
That being said, I really felt compelled to write a review for this book, as opposed to the other two, because the producer of this audiobook should be drawn and quartered and then fed to swamp panthers.
The mispronunciation and proper pronunciation of the main characters name is well covered in the first book. It would be one thing if we were all guessing at the pronunciation but anyone that has listened to or read the first book knows exactly how to pronounce "Kovacs". You'd think the audiobook company that produced the first two books would know how to as well. I know it may seem nit-picky but Kovacs' name is said about a million times in the book and hearing it pronounced "co-vacks" (as in Ernie) made me cringe every time. I suppose there is some reason why Todd McLaren didn't continue as narrator but it would have been nice to have him back. Narrator continuity is important.
The overuse of reverb and audio effects only adds to my hatred for the production crew of this audiobook. We aren't dumb and we don't need aubible clues that we are listening to a flashback or dream. There's a reason why professional voice actors narrate these books, afterall.
honestly, this is probably the worst reading of a book i've ever heard. its shocking that the publisher let this reach the public. the main characters name, his NAME, is mispronounced EVERY SINGLE TIME. The characters flashbacks/dreams are done in a painfully annoying echo effect. The reader cannot be well versed in english, and he regularly mispronounces words like "pedophile".
I rate this on par with Broken Angles. If you liked that title, I'm certain you'll like this. I still prefer the first title, Altered Carbon, for it's more traditional film-noir style dectective plot and wish the author had stuck with that rather than going into more military routes.
After listening to the previous two titles, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, I thought this title was a good follow-up. In fact, I personally prefered this title to Broken Angels, with Altered undoubtedly slated in the future to become a true "Classic" in noir-SF, but alas reading, like everything else is subjective. I found the oft referenced narrator to be better in some ways, and worse in others, by the standard of the previous two titles; his best line being "bye-bye head, bye-bye stack". I recommend ALL of the titles, and I hope that Mr. Morgan considers a retro series that builds upon the already established history based upon this series.
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.
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