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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.A breakneck-paced crime thriller, Altered Carbon took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. Broken Angels melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars.

This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.

©2003 Richard Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media

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very low volume recording difficult to hear

Listen on max volume, couldn't hear otherwise. Poor voice acting. Plot a little laboured in the beginning. Protagonist the usual genius Sci-fi lead figure.

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I love this series, fantastic

This is an Awesome sorry and a great view on how the future may be...

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10 times better than the TV show

Having watched the shows first and then the books, I can confirm that season 2 of the series completely ignored this book and this is why the show was cancelled.If they followed the book then things would've been much better from the perspective of the story, instead of this b-grade sci-fi series that was season 2. This story is more along the lines of an expedition into alien territory than a typical cyber punk like season 1. Has influence from the movie Aliens I believe.

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Could have been 25% shorter

I found the book to be very slow to start and very slow to finish. Glad I bought it on sale.

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just a great book to listen to when your on the go

had a really good time with this book really surprised how different it from altered carbon but it stay true the orverall tone as the first book

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awful sound

a different narrator from the first two books, no where near as emotive. and the sound is like it's been recorded in a bathtub, which is such a shame

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Learn to pronounce Maori please

I mean you could at least google for an audio pronunciation if you are going to read audio books for a living. Story was great, reading was grating.

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Audio is so low you can barely hear it.

Great story but this is a terrible recording. Can barely hear it without cranking the volume up.

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Amazing Sequel

Broken Angels really continues the story of Kovac amazingly. It’s a must read for anyone that has even the slightest bit of interest in Sci Fi.

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Pretty good

Generally a good paced tome. Less involved than Altered Carbon; more of straight-line plot-wise. Only serious gripe is the narrator’s pronunciation of Maori (which he renders May-or-ee) and the accent he gives that character (who sounds Indian Raj , kinda). Both are so grating as to be offensive. Such a shame as otherwise I like the narrotor’s characterisations. All he (and the audible editors) needed to do was google a pronunciation guide and watch Temuera Morrison in the Star Wars movies...

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  • Hákon
  • 27-02-2018

Definitely okay

Altered Carbon was very good so I went into this one for more of the same, but, it simply wasn't. This was an okay book, don't get me wrong, but that's it. It felt predictable and Kovacs didn't feel consistent, like this was originally a story meant for a different character, and then Kovacs got shoehorned in

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  • Einar Baldursson
  • 28-08-2019

It is a great story. Todd does a very good job.

Loved the tv series. Decided to give the books a chance. Does not regret it and will listen to more. My only reservation has to do with twists in the plot that only serve as chock effects.

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  • Matthew Waltner-Toews
  • 23-01-2019

Not bad.

Some great SF, mystery and R- rated action writing interspersed with some easily skipped hardcore porn and graphic torture. The narrator is great and the story flows well. Just don't listen to it in the car with your kids.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2018

Horrible lector, way too deep sound.

Horrible lector, way too deep sound. Horrible lector, way too deep sound. Horrible lector, way too deep voice/sound

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  • Angelo
  • 21-02-2018

round 2 was as great as round 1 ...

now the Martian question and how the Core will deal with the Envoy still remains

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  • DAVID
  • 22-07-2015

Another Great Read

I really enjoyed the first novel, and while the second has a very different fell its every bit as good. Solid story, a few throw backs to the first novel, but no enough that you need to have read the first to enjoy it. The universe that Morgan has created here is really interesting and I hope to see a few more books in this series

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 09-02-2015

Excitement by the fistful.

I listened to Broken Angels barely daring to breathe for fear I would miss one of the twists and turns of this full-on space drama. Richard Morgan is a superb storyteller and uses all his skills to relate another Takeshi Kovacs tale. If you liked Altered Carbon, you will love this. The fan contract is fully satisfied.

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  • Karnal
  • 24-06-2018

Very different to the first book.

It was enjoyable enough but I preferred the 50's detective style of the first one.

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  • Robert Rawlins
  • 30-05-2018

An unusual follow up.

Great performance, and the story was enjoyable in itself, however it didn't share much of the original, the crime thriller is gone, replaced with an epic sized cross-space adventure Enjoyed it, but the first was more to my tastes.

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  • Dana
  • 15-05-2018

Disappointing

The first book was cool, but this one I couldn’t get into at all. Boring!! Returned it.

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  • Mike
  • 12-01-2015

As good if not better than Altered Carbon

Hats off to Richard Morgan on Takeshi Kovacs second outing! A great mixture of politics, philosophy and psychology with a sprinkle of sex and violence. Absolutely brilliant!

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  • hfffoman
  • 26-10-2020

Clever and wonderfully entertaining

After listening to Altered Carbon I saw the lukewarm reviews and decided not to get it. A few years later I changed my mind and in my view it is at least as good as its predecessor, if not better. The narration is first rate, the concepts are clever, and it's entertaining to listen to from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2020

Does not compare

Compared to the first book, this stand alone story in the same universe with the same main character, there is no story. Unfortunately this book has a few major lulls in the story, making you wait for the mediocre action to roll out. Became tiresome to listen too about halfway and spiked up once after. There is a major plot development which just gets ignored and nothing happens with it. Sloppy compared to the well tuned story that is Altered Carbon. It is not bad though. Tough read compared to the first.

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  • Bruce K.
  • 08-08-2020

All the right ingredients but...

I loved Altered Carbon, so I’m not sure why but I struggled thought this a bit (no mean feat when all you have to do is listen to someone read to you!) The narrator was great, the story was consistent with the universe created in the first book, but somehow the story seemed to coast along and I found myself not really caring what happened. Morgan’s descriptions are rich and paint a cool setting, there are exciting gory action sequences and some “sexy” scenes too which I found perfectly enjoyable. But ultimately it plodded for me and left no real impression.

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  • Chris Pillings
  • 01-06-2020

So much more than the Excellent TV Series.

The TV series has departed from this book by a considerable margin. There are bits and pieces that are the same but it is actually on a much more epic scale. It promises more information on the “Martians” if that is what they truly are but actually just wets our appetite for more. Clever plot twists, plenty of thought provoking concepts on what it would be like to live forever. The book is well read - the narrator keeps us on our toes with a gruff voice. Can only recommend.

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