Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 18,761 ratings

Altered Carbon Publisher's Summary

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched 180 light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats "existence" as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

©2003 Richard K. Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Altered Carbon

    • By: Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10,824
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,549
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,544

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Altered Carbon

    • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Altered Carbon

    • Altered Carbon, Book 1
    • By: Richard Morgan
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great audiobook, some distracting mistakes

    • By Andrew Skinner on 02-28-15

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 2

    • Broken Angels

    • By: Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

    • By Ryan on 08-23-14

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Broken Angels

    • Altered Carbon, Book 2
    • By: Richard Morgan
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely okay

    • By Hákon on 02-27-18

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 3

    • Woken Furies

    • By: Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,934
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,065

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • "On Harlan's World...

    • By Danyal on 09-29-08

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Woken Furies

    • Altered Carbon, Book 3
    • By: Richard Morgan
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    This is high action, ideas driven noir SF of the highest order. Morgan has already established himself as an SF author of global significance. Takeshi Kovacs has come home. Home to Harlan's World. An ocean planet with only 5 percent of its landmass poking above the dangerous and unpredictable seas. Try and get above the weather in anything more sophisticated than a helicopter and the Martian orbital platforms will burn you out of the sky. And death doesn't just wait for you in the seas and the skies.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • horribly narrated and edited

    • By Tanja on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $26.64