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Woken Furies Audiobook

Woken Furies

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Publisher's Summary

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

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.

Woken Furies is the third Takeshi Kovacs novel, following Altered Carbon and Broken Angels.

©2005 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    K. Magary 09-30-14
    K. Magary 09-30-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Should have read the reviews before purchasing"

    I'm a big fan of Richard K Morgan and I should have checked the narrator. This guy is terrible. Similar complaints to others; he doesn't even know how to pronounce Kovacs even though it's right there in the text. I am enjoying the story so far but the cheesy voice and audio effects (such as adding a completely unnecessary echo to flashbacks) make it almost unlistenable. This needs to be re-recorded with someone else narrating.

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    Matt 09-23-14
    Matt 09-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "What were they thinking?"

    The Kovacs character doesn't need the "dramatic" over acting. I couldn't stand to listen to it. And the echo chamber for flashbacks is a ridiculous production gimmick.

    After I read the Kindle edition I'll rate the story.

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    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 03-05-14
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Some bad choices...."

    First and foremost, William Dufris is a great audiobook narrator and has read quite a few books in my library. Normally I consider him one of the absolute best.

    That said, this isn't Dufris finest performance, and its never good mojo to switch readers in a series if the previous reader did a good job.

    Secondly, while audio effects aren't always bad, there's some exceptionally poor choices here, with an effect that drones on and on, what sounds like a bad flanger + reverb over the voice to note certain interactions. Its distracting and pulls you from the story as it makes the book harder to understand.

    Also beyond the narration Woken Furies feels meandering and aimless at times. Where as the first book really explored the the repercussions and a new interstellar universe, mostly dictated by the ability to transfer information at beyond-the-speed-of-light while faster-than-light speed wasn't possible, and the second book really focused on the ideas of humans and the exploration of the remnants of an alien civilization, Woken Furies seems to be locked solely in its own mythos of a departed revolutionary.

    As a whole, Woken Furies seems decidedly unfocused, Kovacs is on a revenge-quest against a religious extremist group which makes for entertaining first portion of the book but the revenge-quest seems to rapidly dissipate. With a large rotating cast of characters (not necessarily a bad thing) only muddies the plot.

    Due to some of the issues with the audiobook itself and the plot, this may have been better read than listened to. I didn't hate it but I lacked motivation to finish it.

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    Michael 05-27-13
    Michael 05-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fire the narrator."

    The story is good... If you can get past the narrator. This book was hard to get finished, I may just get the hard copy so I can enjoy it.

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    Driftless Nana 05-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story line, but way too much sex!!!"

    This is the second Takashi Kovacs book I've listened to. He is great at telling a story, his concepts are intriguing, the action is realistic and characters well-developed. I was excited when I began listening to it, especially because it is a long book. (I like to get lots of time for my credits.)

    As I listened, his sex scenes really got to bothering me. I'm not a fan of explicit sex in fiction, I don't think it adds to the story line. I keep imagining an agent or a publisher saying to a novelist: "You've got to put in the sex scenes or nobody will buy it." I do suppose many people have come to expect it and, possibly want it. Personally I feel it either shows a lack of inventiveness on the author's part or pandying to the public. Very rarely it reveals something about the protagonist's personality. Which is what, in the first book, I think was accomplished.

    However.

    As I listened, and the sex scenes kept "piling up" in the book, I could hardly listen to them. If I had better fast forwarding control on my iPod, I would have skipped them.

    You got to say one thing for the performance - Dufris really gets into the mood. Hey - I love cyber punk, but I'm a grandmother. It's really difficult to be working on something with my son and son in law, and grandchildren, and daughters walking around me while Dufris is practically yelling "And then I RIPPED off her underwear . . . And she BIT me . . . " etc., etc.

    I feel like these scenes were targeting frustrated 15 year old boys. Which is a shame. Because he is a terrific writer. And even though each novel can stand alone, the trilogy begun in the first book gets fleshed out in this one, and then the last one . . .

    Was great. But I dreaded listening to it. Audible "suggested" another one of his books to me just now. I'm not getting it.

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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
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    "This Enemy you cannot Kill"

    WOKEN FURIES is the third of the Takeshi Kovacs novels. It takes the character to a fitting conclusion through a complex sequence of events that is nicely tied up in a neat ball at the end. But along the way you don't notice, or care that things will end well. You don’t want it to end at all. The ride is the thing. When I first read the print version it seemed to contain as much action as three novels could possibly contain. Here Kovacs it brought full circle, he meets old friends, and makes new enemies and, again, gets himself in the middle of the turmoil. This is a great SF novel.

    Willliam Dufris narrates this most excellent novel. At first I was disappointed that Todd McLaren, who did the first two books, did not read this one as well, but then Dufris hit his stride. The text lends itself to great performance and Dufris does not disappoint. His characterization of female characters is unsurpassed for a male voice. I give him high marks.

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    JJO Denver, Colorado United States 01-22-13
    JJO Denver, Colorado United States 01-22-13
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    "Not as good as the first two"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To have the same narrator on the entire series and please, don't "experiment" with sound effects on the last book in the series.


    What was most disappointing about Richard K. Morgan’s story?

    While I enjoyed the first two books in the series, this one did not keep up with the quality of narration and story.

    The sound effects on the voice were almost unbearable and very distracting. The more explicit scenes also appeared to be out of place, and too many loose ends were left open. It was a drag to finish the recording. And when I finally did, the ending was not very good.

    Overall the impression I was left of the three books is that they are movie scripts, and not properly tuned for the printed/narrated media.


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    toni 12-19-12
    toni 12-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I miss Todd McClaren"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This narrator doesn't 'have' the character. I wished for the original narrator the whole time I listened to this book. Great story, give terrific insight into Takeshi's character, but I had to switch to reading the hard copy, the narration just wasn't good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot was great


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    poorly read and the odd echo-ey effect on some scenes was aggravating. The reading was a bit hammy. Todd McClaren IS Takeshi, and Mr Dufris suffers greatly in comparison.


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    Eric C. Zawadzki Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-15-12
    Eric C. Zawadzki Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun if a bit silly"
    Any additional comments?

    The first two books of this series took themselves much more seriously. I enjoyed them both for what they were - an unorthodox locked room murder mystery and an almost Indiana Jones-esque search for the unknown. At this point in the series I think Morgan is just plain trolling us - and I mean that it the most amused way possible.

    The story picks up on Harlan's World with Takeshi having just perpetrated some orgy of slaughter or another, and now he's itching to get out of his cheap-but-almost-untraceable sleeve ASAP. But there's a catch. Apparently the global Yakuza hired Takeshi's body-swapper to switch one of their favorite sons, and Kovacs' body swap gets bumped back several hours. He responds with his characteristic threats of violence completely out of proportion to the situation, and the Yakuza boss essentially gives a long-suffering sigh and agrees to put a rush on the favorite son's body-swap and even overlook Takeshi's over-the-top threats. In exchange, all the Yakuza asks of Takeshi is that he not commit any acts of ultraviolence for the next six hours.

    Spoiler Alert: Tak completely fails to keep his end of the bargain.

    This kicks off a merry chase involving Communist robo-tanks, shameless fan service, alien technology, and a war of a handful against, well, pretty much the whole damn world. It's a helluva fun ride.

    Aside from the consistent mispronunciation of Takeshi's last name, there is nothing wrong with the narration. Cut the guy some slack. He probably didn't read Altered Carbon and Fallen Angels just so he could narrate Woken Furies.

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    angelaz 08-15-12
    angelaz 08-15-12
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    "NEVER listen to a book by Dufris"
    Would you try another book from Richard K. Morgan and/or William Dufris?

    Yes, by Morgan, NONONO by Dufris


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard K. Morgan? Why or why not?

    I love his writing--I could not wait for this third book.


    What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

    He absolutely cannot do this! Not! Not! I nearly wept when I realized it was not Todd Mc's wonderful, intimate, slighty ironic noire delivery. This guy cannot even differentiate between characters, much less differentiate between the First Person narrative voice of Takachi and the voice he uses aloud with others. I literally cannot follow the plot. In fact, I am not even finishing the book--I am going to go buy it and read it. He mispronounces his own name--as another reviewer noted. I will ALWAYS read reviews, and listen to the sample from now on. I've listened to many series and never had the reader change so it did not occur to me. I have decided to return this book--something I have never done. Very sorry.....


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