• Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (548 ratings)

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Altered Carbon

By: Richard Morgan
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
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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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Great audiobook, some distracting mistakes

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.

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Smooth book - the recording, not so much

Marvelous book - smooth blend of the sci-fi and detective elements which is really cool. Even 400 years out there's still femme fatale, a criminal underbelly hidden in the darkest corners of the city and a corrupt elite preying on the weak.

The performance was all right but the quality of the recording was lackluster. Sometimes you can hear background noise and the push of the record-button.

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Fractionally good...

Great story. Great reading. Fractionally good writing... That IS about it, really, in a nutshell...

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Rambling about nothing.

Cringe inducing sex scenes. Overly flowery writing. Some chapters ramble about literally nothing. Steer clear.

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Thank God for RK Morgan A CyberPunkFuturist.

I own all five of his books, in print, audio & video.
Thank God for Morgan, the sci-fi/CyberPunk futures he gives you in his works maybe a glimpse of what we have in store in the coming years.
Morgan is one of my favourite writers, he has taken the time to flesh out his characters and Takeshi Kovac is a creation like no other, a one time U.N. Envoy, Merc for hire, general Hard-Man and problem solver.
Morgan writes full fuelled boys own rip your fucking head off stories, in worlds created and as fully populated as you can witness out your own front door.
His works are dense, considered, controlled and as clear as mud but once you get hooked you just go with it
Be warned but he is addictive.

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Best sci-fi in years !

I got the second book too and will probably need the third very soon !

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Slow starting book with an action packed ending

If you are a patient listener, are good at remembering names, and like sci-fi this is a book for you!
Voicing might seem a little dull at times, but actually the choice of voicing gives the book it's own charm.
For me the 3/5 is a good solid score, that is entertaining above average, but still lacks a little in voice acting. The books biggest difficulty are the many characters you are introduces to, after hearing all the book, I got them correct placed, but it confused me a lot in the first 75% of the book.

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Great premise. Too long

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

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Watch the TV show instead

Lots of interesting ideas. But the sex was awkward: it felt shoehorned in to make the story "more adult." It was mechanical and out of place.

Unlike a lot of the other ideas, the sex wasn't really used: yes, our digital soul is at the mercy of our base physical body. And sometimes the body makes demands of its own. (I understand.) This just wasn't followed-through sufficiently.

The made-for-TV version missed some cool extra details and twists. But it also added some. The characterization of the hotel-AI, for example, is better on screen than in the book. So is the history of the Envoys.

The narration is awkward at times. There are gaps between speakers in conversations that feel overly long. Sometimes I even wondered if my phone had crashed. If the intent was to make the listener wonder if the narrator/MC was a "synth," Bladerunner did it better.

I'm not going to continue with this series. Nor will I seek out the narrator. But I will continue to explore the author's other works. (I liked the series that starts with The Steel Remains: very adult, but fantasy rather than sci-fi.)

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Good fot a lifetime

Read it first over 10 years ago. This is my first Audible book. Story new again, better than ever! I feel great!

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