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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Could of been better

The first two books in the series (Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) were very good. I was anxiously awaiting this third to appear on Audible. I downloaded it as soon as it was released and I was immediately disappointed. The director decided to have the first 10 minutes of the reading done with a huge echo effect (to signify we were hearing the thoughts of the main character). I am not sure what the director was hoping to have it sound like, but what they got was horrible. Just grit your teeth and push through these first 10 minutes and the sound will clear up (the effect is used briefly in other sections). The story, while still engaging is not nearly as good as either of the first two books. There are lots of characters that really do not seem to add very much to the plot, the pace of the book is much slower and for some reason there are several sections of really graphical sexual language.

While the first two books introduced a society with very advanced technology and examined how that technology influenced the society. This book does not introduce any new concepts or uses for the technology.

If you liked the first two books then by all means purchase this one, just don't expect it to be at the same level.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Pope
  • Brownsville, TX, USA
  • 01-21-10

Worst of the three, but not the authors fault.

Once more Mr. Morgan has woven an intriguing world of interchangeable bodies, and now, it seems, even souls. Unfortunately this time the story is ruined by terrible narration, extremely poor characterization, and some of the worst audio effects I have ever heard. In places the audio is unintelligible. The narrator's attempts at characterization are the worst yet, and he fails to even pronounce the names consistently. The audio in this third volume totally destroys the story Morgan has tried to weave.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Needs to be re-recorded

Wow. That's some bad audio book.

It's a book! No special effects needed! And seriously, do they not have editors for recorded books? The reader mispronounces the protagonists name for the entire book! Despite the pronunciation being a point during the previous books. Hello?!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Cynthia
  • Whitewater, CO, United States
  • 12-18-09

Unacceptable narration

I bought the trilogy 3-pack, and enjoyed the first 2 books, but the change in narrator ruined this one. He mispronounces Kovacs' name - and narration is first person! So he misprounces his own name! The first book clearly discusses the origins and pronunciation of Kovacs - such an error is unforgivable. I wasn't able to make it past 2 hours here. Terrible shame.

I wonder how the trilogy ends, but I'll check the book out at the library.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Naperville, IL, United States
  • 06-21-09

Bad production

I love Audio books but you might want to pick up the paperback for this third act. The narration is terrible, the team didn't do any of their homework and despite finishing the listen, I'm dissapointed - I don't think I received the story the author intended due to the low-rate audio production.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Attleboro, MA United States
  • 09-08-08

very very good!

I was afraid to get this volumn after other reviews about the narrator - but since I loved the character I broke down and got it. Really glad I did! The technique used (for memory sequences only) is new and took a few times to get used to it but after that I found it added quite a lot to the story. The narrator himself may actually be better than the first as well - his very many voices are really done well and especially the female ones. This may be the best story of the three (wraps up and humanizes Tak) and the audio was truely great!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A drag

So after listening to the two so-so previous installments in this series I honestly wasn't expecting much else but a moderately entertaining listen. But this may be the book that turns me away from the sci-fi genre for good (why does every future have to be so dystopian and dreary?).

Ditto to everything other reviewers have said about the narration - the mispronunciations, the rest-stop-bathroom-stall audio, the somnambulistic reading. But for me it wouldn't have made a lick of difference. This book is a dud. It takes way too long to get moving, and after getting down Morgan's formula, you know it's just a matter of time before there are two or three graphic sex scenes (which this narrator make very hard to listen to) a lot of people die (real and otherwise), and I just find myself saying, "Yeah, so?"

My main problem is that I have no dog in this fight, so to speak. I care about exactly zero on these characters including Kovacs. I couldn't care less whether he has his stack burned to a cinder or not. Sometimes I found myself wishing for it just to end the story.

I can tentatively recommend the first two books of this series, but this one is dreck.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • SOC
  • Colorado, United States
  • 08-02-07

This one just didnt do it for me

After listening to Altered Carbon, I was intrigued by the story concept. The second book in the series didn't hold my attention as much as the 1st, and I struggled to finish listening to this 3rd book, nearly quiting half way through. The storyline and character just didnt interest my anymore. The echo effects seemed to be an attempt to indicate an event from memory. Might be just me, but I should have stopped at book #2.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Best Book I've Read!

"Woken Furies" is the best book I've read. I've listened to it 3 times, and each time there's more to enjoy and think about.

I think the author is a Philosopher-Poet -- and great story teller -- with provocative views on religion, God, politics and philosophy, and he expresses those views eloquently through the voices and comments of his characters.

His dark visions of the Universe of the future will fascinate anyone who has thought about what the future might look like when we link computers directly into our nervous systems, and that technology meets cloning and advances in molecular biology. They definitely fascinated me!

Read this book!! (And all 3 books of this trilogy!) It's great fun, it tells a great story, it will make you think, and it will give you grist for lots of interesting discussions with your friends. I'll bet they want to read it, too.

Please, Mr. Morgan, write more books about Takashi Kovach. Don't leave us with just three!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • 05-17-06


I'm in agreement with the prevailing criticism of the narration. Mispronouncing of the main character's last name, when the pronunciation of Kovacs was mentioned specifically in a previous novel is pretty slack. The echo chamber used for prologue/flashback/etc is so echo-y that the narration is difficult to understand at times. Good book, cruddy narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful