Broken Angels

Altered Carbon, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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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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It is a great story. Todd does a very good job.

Loved the tv series. Decided to give the books a chance. Does not regret it and will listen to more. My only reservation has to do with twists in the plot that only serve as chock effects.

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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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  • 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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  • Sharon Barron
  • 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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  • 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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  • Chris Pillings
  • 06-01-20

So much more than the Excellent TV Series.

The TV series has departed from this book by a considerable margin. There are bits and pieces that are the same but it is actually on a much more epic scale.

It promises more information on the “Martians” if that is what they truly are but actually just wets our appetite for more.

Clever plot twists, plenty of thought provoking concepts on what it would be like to live forever.

The book is well read - the narrator keeps us on our toes with a gruff voice.

Can only recommend.




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  • masterofimps
  • 05-23-20

A great sequel to Altered Carbon

Firstly it's a great narration, full of just the right emphasis and characterisation. The plot is a bit jarring to begin with, as it's straight into the plot without much introduction. The first half takes a while to get going, and is definitely a bit different in character than the first book. But it really really picks up in the second half, and absolutely worth hanging on for! The book also adds significant new aspects to the universe, and has some great new characters

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  • Francis
  • 01-20-20

Thin characters, not well suited to audio format

A little way in to this book, a whole bunch of characters are introduced all at once, several with similar sounding names (indecipherable for me in audio format), and nothing about any of them that really makes them stick. Having experienced a similar problem tracking the characters in Richard Morgan's Book 1 of this trilogy (Altered Carbon), I knew I would need to remember who was who if I were to appreciate the inevitable twists and turns... but the author does little to give any of the characters depth - they are all forgettable, don't care what happens to any of them. Fewer, more interesting characters that we can have a chance of caring about, and with distinct sounding names please! e.g. if the author sees this (which I doubt, but hey), I recommend he reads a Brandon Sanderson novel to learn how to make characters count.

It has put me off bothering with the third book, since it's not relaxing/fun to forever be rewinding the audio to earlier chapters (and there's no search function...) to try to figure out who's who. In the end this reads like an action movie - pretty dull, especially when the central sleeve / host concept is fascinating and has tonnes of psychological consequences that can be explored.

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  • Jon
  • 11-24-19

Not a patch on Altered Carbon

Interesting expansion of the universe from the first book, but the action-adventure alien archeology mystery is nowhere near as satisfying as the hard-boiled detective story of Altered Carbon.

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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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  • Bret
  • 02-06-20

Could have been 25% shorter

I found the book to be very slow to start and very slow to finish. Glad I bought it on sale.

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  • cameron c
  • 02-02-20

just a great book to listen to when your on the go

had a really good time with this book really surprised how different it from altered carbon but it stay true the orverall tone as the first book

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  • Megan Deeth
  • 05-23-19

awful sound

a different narrator from the first two books, no where near as emotive. and the sound is like it's been recorded in a bathtub, which is such a shame

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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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  • Charlie
  • 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.