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.
But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. Read by Todd McLaren.
©2003 Richard K Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc
I first read this in paperback at an airport during a long lay-over. Had finished it by the time I landed. Truly top notch entertainment, and the audio production does it justice.
It gets kitschy, I won't deny that, but Richard Morgan knows what he's about: the pacing is excellent and the characters are all very well written.
Past the cliches and tropes found in all cyberpunk-noir-anti-hero-versus-the-establishment tales, you'll find some very unique, very elaborate, themes and motifs.
"Slow starting book with an action packed ending"
If you are a patient listener, are good at remembering names, and like sci-fi this is a book for you!
Voicing might seem a little dull at times, but actually the choice of voicing gives the book it's own charm.
For me the 3/5 is a good solid score, that is entertaining above average, but still lacks a little in voice acting. The books biggest difficulty are the many characters you are introduces to, after hearing all the book, I got them correct placed, but it confused me a lot in the first 75% of the book.
"Great audiobook, some distracting mistakes"
I don't know whether it was misreading or some typos in the original source material, but the narrator says "yazuka" once, before saying the correct "yakuza" later in the book. Near the end he also says "casual link" where only "causal link" would make sense in the context. I found these mistakes distracting from an otherwise compelling story and voice performance.
"Great premise. Too long"
The premise and scifi are engaging and entertaining. The blurring between reality, virtual reality and the potential for the human soul to be converted into software is exactly the reason why I am a scifi fan. But this book is too long. Long passages that added little to the story. By the end I did not care how it resolved I struggled to finish. Performance of the actor is very compelling. They capture the tone and voice of each character.
Punchline - good story in need of an editor
Action packed throughout
The overall concept is a fascinating one, - I won't offer any spoilers here, but has an interrsting take on inter-stellar travel and how to get around issues of time dilation
I bought the book when it first came out, following a good recommendation in SFX magazine, and its one heck of a read - on audio, its equally as entertaining
Very difficult to focus in on one scene when the entire book is so packed full or action and activity. One scene which I found unpleasant featured torture (if you're squeamish about eyes, watch out in the final two chapters , but it fit very well into the storyline
Well worth reading or listening to
Constantly introduced ideas about the future that are both believable and possible, I loved it!
Almost a steampunk version of l Ron Hubbard, with a touch of Brandon Sanderson!
An almost laconic laid back narration, that fits the almost reminiscence style of writing
Death is no longer final
"An excellent read"
It was such a relief to come across this book after weeks of listening to boring books and even more boring performers. The narration is excellent. Each character is well and properly portrayed. Todd is awesome. I would recommend it to all scifi fans
"Good sci-fi murder mystery novel."
With the book being a murder mystery, the point of the book is to learn what happens to the victim, unfortunately listening to the book again you would lose that aspect.
The unexpected encounters with characters. And the questions that you start to ask of yourself if you were in a similar position.
A good book overall that takes you on a journey through a short adventure in an investigators life, with hints of his character portrayed throughout. The more you learn of the investigator the more you want to know.
"A great action packed scifi"
I downloaded this book after finding it on someone's must read list. After about 5 minutes I realised that I had read the book already when it first came out in 2002 (doh). The fact that remembered so much detail after 13 years says something about the story (and something about my forgetfulness) . There's a lot of good story telling and some vivid imagery in book. It was well worth a second read. Action packed and great fun. Read it!
"high on tech, low on character"
I could not get on with this, the characters are just not likeable, what's a story without people you can like??
"Fantastically imagined future world"
This is a great SF book. The premise of digitally preserved human consciousness is brilliantly imagined. The author creates a vivid future world full of detail, and the plot is excellent; it will leave you guessing until the last chapter. Anyone who likes hard Sci-Fi will love this. Initially I found the slow drawl of the narrator a little annoying but after a while I really liked it as his tone and delivery suited the story very well.
"Recommend, but requires perseverance"
It's a long book, entirely told from the perspective of the protagonist. The story is well structured with plenty of twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the very end.
"Great detective story set in sci-fi universe"
I don't normally like sci-fi but I loved this. the tech is interesting and is integral to the plot, but the author doesn't skimp on the story. Cool mystery, great detective-style drama, lots of twists and turns, interesting exploration of the issues that might take place when the essence of a person - the dark behind the eyes - could be stored on a hard drive. If you like joss whedon's Dollhouse and detective stories you'll love this.
Great book, must read. One day this will be an awesome movie!
I highly rate and recommend this book to SciFi lovers
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