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Broken Angels Audiobook

Broken Angels

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Publisher's Summary

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own. So when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he's only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnolgy with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store. But armed with his genetically engineered instincts, and his trusty twin Kalashnikovs, Takeshi is ready to take on anything...and let the devil take whoever's left behind.

Broken Angels is the second Takeshi Kovacs novel. Don't miss the first, Altered Carbon, or the third, Woken Furies.

©2003 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lively follow-up to an energetic debut, with a still refreshingly cynical hero." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Bryan 04-03-13
    Bryan 04-03-13

    A guy who likes a good story.

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    "One of my favorites"
    Would you listen to Broken Angels again? Why?

    yes, it's just a great detailed world to dive into. Love the grit and grime, great cyber punk without some of more ridiculous filler you'll find elsewhere.


    What other book might you compare Broken Angels to and why?

    most of the earlier books by Neil Stevenson, same kind of vide, a plausible future capped off with vivid gritty texture. But Morgan tends to side step most of the crazier absurd anime induced characters and events that are more common in the genre then not. True he picks his moments to go over the top, but for most part characters do pretty much what you would expect given their development over the course of the story, and you never really find yourself breaking with the laws set by the world laid out around you.


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    So far I've just heard the Takeshi Kovacs novels, all about the same. I appreciate that McLaren adds a little flavor and change over to the plethora of characters he plays, but I bought and read all these books long before I listen to them in audio form, and his interpretation seems a bit off at times. Overall a great read and a thrill to listen to, his Kovacs is spot on!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    *uck you world I'm a Nihilist, deal with it.


    Any additional comments?

    great series, loved every moment!

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    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 04-01-13
    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nothing Angelic about Kovacs"
    If you could sum up Broken Angels in three words, what would they be?

    Watch out. Duck!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Angels?

    Entering the alien ship and finding the angels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Virtual sex.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was more complex than "Altered Carbon," more political intrigue. Sometimes I got lost in who was behind one offensive or another.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 02-14-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Face the Facts, Then Act"

    This book takes off where ALTERED CARBON left off. Takeshi Kovacs is off on another mission that doesn’t turn out like he had planned. On a new planet and in a new body he has to survive in a war zone while juggling military mercenaries and corporate raiders. This is the middle book of a trilogy but does not lack for energy or adventure.

    Todd McLaren once again narrates; this time surpassing his stellar performance from the first book. Morgan populates this novel with even more quirky characters than before allowing McLaren to really shine. He gets my award for best audio book performance of the year, whatever year it is.

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    David Washington, DC, United States 12-30-11
    David Washington, DC, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as Altered Carbon, but OK"

    The book that preceded this one, Altered Carbon, stunned me with its clever plotting, original take on future technology and solid writing. Many reviewers have argued that this second book surpasses the first, but this sadly is not the case. Broken Angels lacks the cleverness and originality of the first book -- I was never surprised or amazed because it all felt so familiar. I attribute that to Morgan's extensive borrowing of plot elements from sources such as Stargate SG-1 and the (bad) movie Virus (as well as the dozens of similar movies where a research team with marine escorts slowly falls victim to an unknown menace).

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    Wesley AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-19-11
    Wesley AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2012

    I love hard core sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy

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    "A masterful follow-up, Morgan hits his stride."

    After Altered Carbon I put Morgan on the list of authors to watch.

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Morgan's second outing with Kovacs character. He wasn't flat but there wasn't a whole lot of depth to him after the first novel. I was pleasantly surprised with this outing and with the fact it departed from the Hardboiled Nior genre a bit and got more into the para military aspects of Kovacs past and his current skills.

    This is my favorite novel to date by Morgan and is on my short list to read again. It is good enough to stand on it's own without Altered Carbon backing it up. Morgan uses the distance of time to keep the same character but put him in a different setting where we can see a whole new dimension to him.

    Morgan still puts in too much graphic sex for my taste but that can be overlooked in this novel.

    There isn't much more I can say without spoiling things. I will say that it is a very fun ride with lots of shoot'em up's and head scratching with a real taste of aliens without actually having a live aliens marching around in the book.

    This book has made the "recommend to friends list" and will stay there for a long time to come!

    Todd McLaren is just masterful. Again, he takes the written word and gives it life. His readings never get in the way of the story. I'd listen to him read the side of a cake mix box, he is just that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elanor Oranges 10-15-10

    with Cheese

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    "Good Enough"

    The narration was excellent as before, Todd McLaren really does a good job capturing the characters. The twist at the end was unexpected and the whole story was riveting. I feel like it could've moved faster. I was somewhat disappointed with the way the story progressed and the bloodshed.

    Otherwise, a great followup to the first novel!

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    Nathan Caroland Woodstock, GA United States 09-21-08
    Nathan Caroland Woodstock, GA United States 09-21-08 Listener Since 2008

    Book Bat!

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    "Cyberpunk and Grit!"

    I was looking for something that was decidedly sci-fi and cyberpunk and this fits the bill perfectly!

    Well written with three books in the series which leaves you wishing there were more to be had.

    Action and mystery, there promises to be plenty of audio action and I can only cajole you to take a listen and enjoy.

    We need more like this!

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    Norbert 03-10-07
    Norbert 03-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    "great without the longwinded"

    I really enjoyed Altered so was anxious for the second Broken. Morgan didn't back away from his gritty and sensational as in the first so the second continued on queue. The only that thing that took away from Broken which seemed to get worse the deeper you went was the long-winded narration or explanation of history and technology where, I feel, a brief review would have been suffice. It slowed the pace considerably especially at the end when all the lose ends needed to be tied up.

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    Amazon Customer 09-12-06 Member Since 2003

    elbobosan

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    "And the streak ends."

    Altered Carbon was fantastic, Woken Furies was different but good, Broken Angels is great... but what happened to the reader!?!
    This guy doesn't sound like Tak, he doesn't feel like Tak, he doesn't even say his name right.
    If you have listened to the other books in the Takeshi Kovacs series be prepared for a nails on chalkboard experience. The reader isn't bad, but it is a big step down from the first two.
    The story doesn't disappoint, but doesn't quite have the impact of the first two.
    Overall worth getting, expecially if you loved the first two, which you should listen to before this, but be prepared to hate the narrator.

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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 07-22-06
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 07-22-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Next best to Altered Carbon"

    Another hit from Morgan! VERY deep, the twists and turns come so fast, and the plot is so deep, that you have to REALLY pay attention to keep up. Plots, within plots, within plots.

    I usually have the end of a book figured out WAY before the end.. don't even try it with Morgan's Books, you'll find yourself left behind in the dust ;)

    I could only give it a 4 star rating because it's not "Altered Carbon", and that's my new standard by which all other books are now judged... But Morgan's writing style is Head and Shoulders above "The Norm".

    As most have said, the language, situations and Violence is "Adult ONLY", but it's another "Can't put it down" book from Morgan.. I'm happy to see so many new books for more mature readers, The "Kiddie Sci-Fi" gets old after a while... KEEP WRITING PLEASE!!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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