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Thirteen

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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One hundred years from now, and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability; the political order has reached some sort of balance, and the new colony on Mars is growing. But the fraught years of the 21st century have left an uneasy legacy.... 

Genetically engineered alpha males designed to fight the century's wars have no wars to fight and are surplus to requirements. And a man bred and designed to fight is a dangerous man to have around in peacetime. Many of them have left for Mars, but now one has come back and killed everyone else on the shuttle he returned in. 

Only one man, a genengineered ex-soldier himself, can hunt him down - and so begins a frenetic manhunt and a battle for survival. And a search for the truth about what was really done with the world's last soldiers.... 

Thirteen is an unstoppable SF thriller, but it is also a novel about prejudice, about the ramifications of playing with our genetic blueprint. It is about our capacity for violence - but, more worrying, our capacity for deceit and corruption. 

This is another landmark of modern SF from one of its most exciting and commercial authors. 

Read by Simon Vance. 

©2007 Richard Morgan (P)2018 Tantor Media

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2019

A Classic.

If you dont mind the "Language" and see it for what it is. This is a brilliantly written story that checks all the boxes for genre fans.

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  • Pat
  • 25-03-2018

Cheap sex interupted by a poor story

What was most disappointing about Richard Morgan’s story?

This story would be better in a print version for a teenager looking for masturbation material.

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  • Flip Dunn-Davies
  • 05-09-2018

Almost like a altered carbon prequel

A high quality performance of of a great story, gripping and thought provoking, well worth it

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  • Christian
  • 09-11-2018

Tricky but good

This was an excellent book to listen to. Made me look for a sequel (no such luck).

The only thing to say is that the plot and the narrative was at times tricky to follow if you did not pay it full attention (driving and listening etc.).

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  • Harlequin565
  • 05-09-2018

Wandering Story - Great Narration

I enjoyed it. Simon Vance did a great job with it, but the plot was still as convoluted as ever. Richard Morgan does like his tales!

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  • Iain
  • 24-06-2018

interesting but uneven

interesting themes tackled in this book, however the narrative's uneven as it seems to take long asides where the author discusses themes of masculinity, femanism and human nature in general, with varying degrees of success.

one reviewer didn't like the graphic way in which sex was described in the book, but honestly, there's not that much and it's not a reason to avoid the book or mark it down.

I'd have liked the themes to have been woven more subtly onto the narrative rather than wading through what is essentially exposition for the first half of the book before the story really starts.

I've enjoyed Richard Morgan's other books more, but I'd recommend this to folk who've enjoyed his other work. just don't expect something on the level with Altered Carbon and it's sequels.

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  • Glyn Williams
  • 19-06-2018

Dark and prescient.

One of the most interesting inventions of this book is "Jesusland". The nickname for a country which emerges from a future United States which has divided itself. Jesusland is a theocratic state made up from the "red states", a place where the institutions are racist, and religious indoctrination is enforced.

When the book came out, some critics cited this idea as extreme and unrealistic.
But reading the book today, in the light of Trump, detention centres for children and everything that has happened, it seems all too plausible.

This book does what great science fiction should do. Uses a plausible what-if scenario as a lens to examine the world today.
It's also a pretty thrilling detective yarn.

Was not thrilled by the narration, which had the (anti) hero, Marsalis sound like a London cab driver, and some of the South Americans sound like they were auditioning for the role of Count Dracula.

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  • Shaun
  • 25-05-2020

Very complicated!

This is a very complicated story and you need your wits about you when listening. I lost the thread more than once but it's worth persevering.

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  • Ryan
  • 10-05-2020

Fantastic

I read the book over 10 years ago, just so so good. I highly recommend it.

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  • jonb@armslength.co.uk
  • 05-06-2019

Sub-Neitzchian teenage drivel

Having been astonished by how poor the two sequels to altered carbon were, I decided to give this one a chance. After all, it won the Arthur C Clarke award. If anything from Mr Morgan were to impress surely this had to be it.

I'm afraid not. Marginally better than the Carbon books due to its third person narrative style, but still displaying all of the same dismal traits. I assume Mr Morgan is a grown ass man, but these books feel like they were written by a horny teenage boy who wanted to impress upon any female reader that he would be a mind blowing yet sensitive lover. They flirt with the occasional inspired idea, but for the main part are turgid and tediously plotted, with any attempt at emotional engagement layed on with a towel. The abiding protagonist of Morgan's writing is a cybernetic men's rights ubermensch. One can only assume he read the Wikipedia entry on Neitzche in high school and has been filtering his sense of aggrieved entitlement through that lens ever since.

I imagine that Morgan sits alone in his house, watching a solid diet of 80's action movies, with occasional breaks for porn, and then spaffs another one of these onto the page. If you are the kind of guy who thinks Jordan Pieterson is the smartest man on earth and watches top gear like it's a religious office, you will love the work of Richard K Morgan. If that's not you, well, the Altered Carbon Netflix series did a reasonably entertaining job of rescuing his best idea, in spite of the dismal source material.

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  • Alix
  • 28-08-2019

Convoluted, very 'male'

It's like altered carbon but worse. The story is hugely difficult to follow, though that could also be the performance. As someone who's loved listening to audio books since childhood, it takes a lot for me to say that.
Pretty sure it wouldn't pass the Bechtel test. I think I could name two female characters... and all are involved in sex/romantic story lines which is the only reason I remember they exist.
There are a lot of accents required for this story, and some of them are a bit offensive in their portrayal.

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  • Gail Wood
  • 20-04-2018

yuck!

What disappointed you about Black Man?

the sex in this book is written for just cheap thrills. I'm far from a prude but it was just course, cheap thrills writing. Just plain nasty.

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Morgan again?

No. This is the second book I have tried and both were the same. The story line looked good but the writing is very poor. Apart from the sex its written like a cheap 40's detective story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

yes. I am sure that the performer would be good with something else. Unfortunately, he had bad writing to perform and nothing could salvage that.

What character would you cut from Black Man?

I can't say. I didn't get anywhere near finishing the book.

Any additional comments?

I had looked forward to an unusual, interesting story. The write-up is far from what you get.