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Broken Angels

Altered Carbon, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless.

Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.A breakneck-paced crime thriller, Altered Carbon took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. Broken Angels melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars.

This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.

©2003 Richard Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media

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Definitely okay

Altered Carbon was very good so I went into this one for more of the same, but, it simply wasn't. This was an okay book, don't get me wrong, but that's it. It felt predictable and Kovacs didn't feel consistent, like this was originally a story meant for a different character, and then Kovacs got shoehorned in

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Not bad.

Some great SF, mystery and R- rated action writing interspersed with some easily skipped hardcore porn and graphic torture. The narrator is great and the story flows well. Just don't listen to it in the car with your kids.

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Horrible lector, way too deep sound.

Horrible lector, way too deep sound.
Horrible lector, way too deep sound.
Horrible lector, way too deep voice/sound

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round 2 was as great as round 1 ...

now the Martian question and how the Core will deal with the Envoy still remains

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  • Martyn. R. Winters
  • 02-09-15

Excitement by the fistful.

I listened to Broken Angels barely daring to breathe for fear I would miss one of the twists and turns of this full-on space drama. Richard Morgan is a superb storyteller and uses all his skills to relate another Takeshi Kovacs tale. If you liked Altered Carbon, you will love this. The fan contract is fully satisfied.

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  • DAVID
  • 07-22-15

Another Great Read

I really enjoyed the first novel, and while the second has a very different fell its every bit as good. Solid story, a few throw backs to the first novel, but no enough that you need to have read the first to enjoy it. The universe that Morgan has created here is really interesting and I hope to see a few more books in this series

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  • Karnal
  • 06-24-18

Very different to the first book.

It was enjoyable enough but I preferred the 50's detective style of the first one.

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  • Robert Rawlins
  • 05-30-18

An unusual follow up.

Great performance, and the story was enjoyable in itself, however it didn't share much of the original, the crime thriller is gone, replaced with an epic sized cross-space adventure

Enjoyed it, but the first was more to my tastes.

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  • Dana
  • 05-15-18

Disappointing

The first book was cool, but this one I couldn’t get into at all. Boring!! Returned it.

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  • Mike
  • 01-12-15

As good if not better than Altered Carbon

Hats off to Richard Morgan on Takeshi Kovacs second outing! A great mixture of politics, philosophy and psychology with a sprinkle of sex and violence. Absolutely brilliant!

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  • Andy Williams
  • 01-03-19

A Classic waiting to be discovered

Another masterpiece from Mr Morgan.
Once you get the rules of the ‘sleeve’ universe, which you should have if you have heard Altered Carbon, you can enjoy a story which rips up the rules and rewrites what you came to believe.
I enjoyed this story and Carbon so much I had to get the next story immediately

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  • jonb@armslength.co.uk
  • 12-10-18

Meh

Doesn't live up to the promise of its precursor at all. A passable narrative, reasonably delivered by the reader, who has a good ability to render the different characters clearly, but whose default voice is a bit like listening to Christian Bale playing Batman. Wheras the first book had some smart ideas to unpack, this is just proceedural narrative, peppered with ultra violence and graphic sex to no real end. Ultimately, a bit boring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-18

Truly unique

An epic sci-fi, truly original and narrated in such a way you can imagine actually being there with the various colourful characters in the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-18

Great stuff! Can’t wait to listen to the next book!

Loved it. Can see why amazon got the rights for a series. Looking forward to what happens next. Intelligent sci-fi at its best.

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  • simmax
  • 10-02-17

very low volume recording difficult to hear

Listen on max volume, couldn't hear otherwise. Poor voice acting. Plot a little laboured in the beginning. Protagonist the usual genius Sci-fi lead figure.

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  • Adm TeKnoMan
  • 02-12-16

I love this series, fantastic

This is an Awesome sorry and a great view on how the future may be...

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  • Jared Neaves
  • 01-23-19

Learn to pronounce Maori please

I mean you could at least google for an audio pronunciation if you are going to read audio books for a living. Story was great, reading was grating.

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  • RudeName69
  • 12-27-18

Audio is so low you can barely hear it.

Great story but this is a terrible recording. Can barely hear it without cranking the volume up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-18

Amazing Sequel

Broken Angels really continues the story of Kovac amazingly. It’s a must read for anyone that has even the slightest bit of interest in Sci Fi.

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  • Neil
  • 05-21-18

Pretty good

Generally a good paced tome. Less involved than Altered Carbon; more of straight-line plot-wise.

Only serious gripe is the narrator’s pronunciation of Maori (which he renders May-or-ee) and the accent he gives that character (who sounds Indian Raj , kinda). Both are so grating as to be offensive. Such a shame as otherwise I like the narrotor’s characterisations. All he (and the audible editors) needed to do was google a pronunciation guide and watch Temuera Morrison in the Star Wars movies...

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  • Kate Louise Webster
  • 03-14-18

The 2nd book is always better

For some reason I enjoyed this more than the first book in the series. Maybe the author had more time to expand on characters and motivations. While the first book was a detective story set in the future. This book is more like a space Opera with it's competing groups of characters and allegiances.

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  • MR
  • 03-09-18

Better than the first

The sex scene is worthy of being nominated for one of the most awful the year it was published, but otherwise the story chugs along well enough. The reader can't pronounce Maori, though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-16-17

Great narrator, I don't enjoy the story

this story lacked density that was needed to flesh it out, altered carbon is king