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. On land, from the tropical beaches and swamps of Kossuth to the icy, machine-infested wastes of New Hokkaido the hard won gains of the Quellist revolution have been lost. The First Families, the corporations and the Yakuza have a stranglehold on everything.Embarked on a journey of implacable retribution for a lost love, Kovacs is blown off course and into a maelstrom of political intrigue and technological mystery as the ghosts of Harlan's World and his own violent past rise to claim their due.
Quellcrist Falconer is back from the dead, they say and hunting her down for the First Families is a savage young Envoy called Kovacs who's been in storage.
©2005 Richard Morgan (P)2006 Tantor Media
This is an ok book but the reading was overdramatic, made worse by the frequent and tedious echo effects; this made for very poor radio theatre. In contrast, the previous two books in the series were thoroughly enjoyable.
"Don't listen to this if you liked the first two!"
why would they change the narrator for the third in a series? then add in vocal shifting for some elements and not tell the narrator how to pronounce the name of the lead character?! if you can get past these frustrating points it's good but it annoyed me every step of the way :(
"Poor quality recording "
I've enjoyed Morgan's books (and own them in a number of formats - digital and analogue) and was looking forward to listening to the further adventures of Kovacs but didn't make it more than 5 minutes into this talking book. It sounded as though it had been recorded on a Walkman in my garage. In addition the narrator pronounced "Kovacs" with a hard "c" - something that the books themselves decry as incorrect!
I own 30-40 Audible titles and this is the worst quality recording I've come across. It is very disappointing and shows little respect for an enjoyable story.
I totally loved the first 2 audibooks and the author but then this!
I cant stand the new narrator - the singsong voice does nothing for this brutish hardened hero story and does not work for the genre. He is a significant change from the narrator of the first 2 books and cant pronounce the lead characters name.
What on earth happens in the story? Total mess. New characters keep on appearing all the way to the end. Eventually the poor plot just become annoying and I just couldnt care if the hero lived or died. If I hadnt listened to the other 2 books and enjoyed them so much I would have deleted this hours and hours ago. Real shame.
Eventually came around but the change in performer was very jarring with already established pronounciations.
"The Weakest in this Trilogy"
Yes, if anything to finish the trilogy.
Yep. Although this third installment was a bit ropy, it was still enjoyable. The first two were superb.
Absolutely, but no thanks to this audio book. He was brilliant in Cryptonomicon, so I know he can do (a lot) better. I can only assume that this was poor direction by the producers.
What were the producers thinking? Did they even listen to the first book? KovaCH, not KovaKS! Takeshi even makes a point about it in the beginning of the first book.
I was binge listening to the trilogy, so having a different narrator in the third book was a bit off-putting. Not because Dufris is bad (see above), but because it was so different from the first two. It's like changing the main actor in a TV series between seasons.
And what's with the cheap audio effects they put on the "dream sequences"? At first I thought they botched the recording. It completely irritated me and, in my opinion, has no place in an audio book.
"Pronounced Kovacs wrong the whole time"
I can't believe they got his name wrong, they make a big thing of it on the first two books, then this narrator gets it wrong. Bad show.
Great book though.
Narrator also needs to lay off the effects.
"better than the previous story"
The story is better than book 2 but the new narrator mispronounces the main character's name throughout.
If you've made it through book 2 then this is definitely worth your time. Otherwise just stop at the end of Altered Carbon.
""We are all chasing ghosts""
This is a long book about a very long journey, a sort of love story although the loved one is long gone and it is bitterness which drives the main protagonist onwards.. At times confusing, but then, when the dead can usually choose to return in new bodies, often looking very different from the original, when. what takes place in the virtual worlds can be as meaningful as in the "real" one, when allegiances shift and turn, when more than one personality can inhabit a single body as well as a single person having dual, but different bodies, each with it's own course of action and outlook despite sharing some joint memories, ... t would be somewhat suspect if it were not.
This is the second of Richard Morgan's books I have had the great pleasure to hear, the first being the marvellous Altered Carbon. I am glad that I was already squinted with his imaginative world through that shorter and (slightly) less complicated book as it did help me to understand what might be going on. But William Dufris's excellent narration, wonderfully intoned and always tinged with the right amount of emotion, really helps the listener to follow through all of the twists and turns and sheer unexpected happenings of this thought provoking novel, plus certain passages are given a slight echo chamber effect when flashbacks are being experienced or conversations recalled.
Lots of fplotting and fighting, strong language and a little explicit sex, this is a book to become immersed within. I will definitely return and listen again in the future.
"One small annoyance"
If the narrator had read or heard the previous books in the series he would have known how to pronounce the protagonists name. other than that I enjoyed this
"change of narrator is very jarring to begin with"
The change of narrator is very jarring after the last two book of the series, but stick with it, after a few chapters the new voice beds in and you can get into the excellent story
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