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.
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.
"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.
"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 :(
"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.
Eventually came around but the change in performer was very jarring with already established pronounciations.
"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.
Good book and well narrated. A great close to the trilogy. Looking forward to me from this author.
"Absolutely awful narrator!!!!"
The first two books are brilliant and I enjoyed them so much I've listened to them more than once.
Much of the enjoyment is owed to Todd Maclaren's performance and portrayal of the tough and grizzled protaginist Takeshi Kovacs.
William Dufris' interpretation is so disconnected from the first two books, so irritating in his speech patterns and incorrect pronunciation of the lead's surname, that after an hour I had to scrap it.
I'll buy the paperback and read it instead.
What on earth were they thinking changing the narrator for the final book?
Really, really disappointed.
"Not as good as the previous two books"
This final instalment is far below its previous two episodes. Not sure what happened to the author but it's a slow book to get through compared to the others. It's also a shame the narrator changed.
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