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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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    John West Haven, UT, United States 07-19-12
    John West Haven, UT, United States 07-19-12
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    "Still a great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Woken Furies to be better than the print version?

    So as others have stated, the narrator isn't very good and the studio that recorded this book decided that an echo effect would help us understand the difference between the story and the main characters thoughts. If you can ignore that condescending little part, go into the playback settings and increase the narrator speed to 1.25, the experience is noticeably better. Cheers!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The only thing that salvaged this audiobook is the story.


    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Once the narrator speed was increased, yes. Dufris talks really slow and somehow makes the main character sound like Jack Nicolson. The small subtle differences he uses are noticeable with the increased speed.


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

    "If people liked the tagline, it didn't show."


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    Roy Painesville TWP, OH, United States 06-14-12
    Roy Painesville TWP, OH, United States 06-14-12
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    "Do NOT waste your time, fans"
    Any additional comments?

    Such a shame that the third book is ruined by a joke of a narrator. Read the other reviews. It's not even tollerable to get the story out. It will make you angry it is so bad.

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    R. J. Melton OKC 06-04-12
    R. J. Melton OKC 06-04-12 Member Since 2008

    I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!

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    "This reader ruins the Kovachs character."

    Todd McLaren caught the wry humor, the self deprecating edge of Kovachs and made him a sympathetic character. William Dufris, the new voice, is too sarcastic, too sneering, too much of a total jerk to be the least bit sympathetic. Kovachs appeal has always been the remnants of his humanity in the nightmares of his existence. The reader makes all the difference...had William started the series, I'd never have bought the second, much less the third. Although the concept of this third book was brilliant, the reader put me off. Darn shame, I really liked Kovachs until now.

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    Adam 05-17-12
    Adam 05-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Do Some Research"

    It's a sad, sad day when the narrator can't even get the main character's name pronounced correctly. That in itself is enough to put one off listening to this audiobook. In addition however, the narrator or production company has put some weird reverb/echo effect in to certain parts of the story, making the narration difficult to understand. This is one of the few books that I have had to work at listening to; that's just not fun. The awful narration has had me missing out on the last part of a (so far) excellent trilogy because I can't bear to listen. Just cringeworthy.

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    Ghost 05-16-12
    Ghost 05-16-12
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    "Futuristic scifi with no fantasy- Hard Science :)"
    What made the experience of listening to Woken Furies the most enjoyable?

    Morgans writing about the main character is superbly done, and the voice fits the narrative style in your head. The sex is embarrassingly frank and calmly laid out- as real life happens to us in our own heads- which is extraordinarily like peeking through someones curtains... a feeling of explaining things we have all done (or thought of) as we would tell it to ourselves.

    So the words on the page are definitiely there for the Voice actor- who delivers an amazing range of subtle vocal depth.


    What other book might you compare Woken Furies to and why?

    DuFris may be the best I've heard so far in acting, and Morgan is simply one of todays great writers. In many ways better than Clancy or Martin.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Takeshi of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud at several points. I writhed in awkward embarrassment for some of the characters plights.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Morgan, or if you like SciFi with Hard believable science, or if you like detective novels or action novels, Morgan never fails to deliver on all counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Dennis 01-31-12
    Anne Dennis 01-31-12
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    "Love the story, hate the narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator -- Todd McLaren was SO much better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He makes the main character sound like a self-rightious idiot.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I am really looking forward to the


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Prague 01-18-12
    Adam Prague 01-18-12 Member Since 2010

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    "The change of readers is not for the Better"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Todd McLaren - because even though he cannot pronounce Maori, he can at least pronounce the name of the main character of the book. It's Kovacs, not Kovaks, he even says so in the book, yet the Narrator fails to pick up on it, as well as the whole production crew.


    Any additional comments?

    What's with the voice effects all of a sudden? They make the book difficult to listen to when commuting or traveling outside, and they're just plain silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward bellingham, wa, United States 12-03-11
    Edward bellingham, wa, United States 12-03-11
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    "Great Story I think....."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is more patient than me. Narration is so slow and sound is terrible.


    What other book might you compare Woken Furies to and why?

    anything by William Gibson is 10 times better?


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    No way this narrator is horrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Woken Furies?

    The whole opening is strange llike it is was recorded in a broom closet or outside. Weird!


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad this was free. If I had paid money I would have been very angry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Braden ALTADENA, CA, United States 11-29-11
    Braden ALTADENA, CA, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2015

    Braden

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    "Echo! Don't even bother listening to it."

    I had just finished the first two books which were performed fantastically, but I couldn't get more than 20 minutes into this book because it is recorded so awfully. Please fix it this is not the quality I am used to from audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Jones Nebraskie 11-28-11
    Robert E. Jones Nebraskie 11-28-11 Member Since 2005

    Weehawke

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    "Some poor sound editing, But well worth the time."

    First let me say...The first fifteen minutes if this recording is bad. Not bad, as in damaged. Bad as in, wth were you thinking Tantor Media? Reverb? Really? The rather poor choices of the producers detract from a really good read/listen. I personally have listened to this book no less than 5 times, It is that good. The reader, who starts off flat comes alive and warms to the character. Yes he mispronounces the main characters name through the whole book. I put that squarely on the shoulders of the sound directors/editor. I doubt Mr Dufris had the time to either listen to or read the other two books before being put on this project. He should have been made aware before he started.

    In any case take the chance. If you enjoyed the other books in the series you will not be disappointed when you are done. Mr. Dufris redeems himself well before the middle of the book. This series is without doubt one of the best Contemporary Sci-Fi works in the last 10 years. This book finishes the series nicely, though it does leave hope for a 4th. Hopefully Mr. Morgan will write another. If not...Thank you for the ride sir and good luck.

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