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    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

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    • Max
    • 23/04/2018

    Écoute recommandée

    Si vous aimez les bonnes histoires de SF et une lecture sans faute, très intelligible, avec les tonalités qu’il faut, n’hésitez pas :)

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    • Æ Mann
    • 21/01/2018

    Smooth book - the recording, not so much

    Marvelous book - smooth blend of the sci-fi and detective elements which is really cool. Even 400 years out there's still femme fatale, a criminal underbelly hidden in the darkest corners of the city and a corrupt elite preying on the weak.

    The performance was all right but the quality of the recording was lackluster. Sometimes you can hear background noise and the push of the record-button.

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    • Andrew Skinner
    • 28/02/2015

    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.

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    • Pedro
    • 10/12/2018

    Fractionally good...

    Great story. Great reading. Fractionally good writing... That IS about it, really, in a nutshell...

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    • Jacob
    • 31/10/2015

    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.

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    • Lomeraniel
    • 06/11/2021

    Not what I expected

    This book had been in my TBR pile for several years and the wait generated quite some expectation. I enjoyed the book but I have to say that I expected more. I want to mention that I didn’t watch the show, so this review is just about the audiobook and I won’t mention anything about the TV show.

    Men have perfected the technique of storing human conscience in a very small chip of memory, or stack, how it’s called in the book. This allows rich people to skip from body to body and reach the closest thing to immortality. A body is a commodity, which means, that a cheap and effective way to imprison anyone is just removing the stack from the body and storing it for the required time, which also allows making a profit by renting the body itself, and even using other’s bodies.

    Takeshi Kovacs is an envoy from another planet. A special agent turned rogue, he has been imprisoned for many years but his sentence was just paused to provide his services to a very rich man on Earth, and maybe gain a pardon if things go well.

    What I expected to be a technothriller was in fact a noir cyberpunk tale. It was good, just not exactly what I expected. The book is clearly written for a male public by a male writer with a male main character, with plenty of boring and unplausible sex scenes, and a female nemesis that is tempting and dangerous in equal measure. All this made the story a bit difficult to digest at times and it made it feel a bit outdated.

    The world-building was great and I liked the idea of cheap synthetic bodies for the ones that couldn’t recover their own. I could have done with a synthetic myself to avoid allergies and other health ailments, but I digress. At least, if the book made me think about some of the core concepts, it means the world-building was well done.

    The story was interesting and complex, and the more I knew about the story, the more intrigued I was. The character development was not as good though, and this might partially be why I liked the book but I didn’t love it. It was difficult to connect to the characters and feel some empathy towards them. I didn’t care much about Kovacs, probably due to how he was written.

    Todd McLaren’s narration style went well with the noir atmosphere but it didn’t exactly enhance the story, or at least, helped to hook the listener. I found his narration a bit dull with not so great sound quality. It was okay, but I would have preferred a more polished narration. The character’s voices sounded all quite similar, male and female, except’s Kovacs, who had a different voice.

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    • Søren Emil Sørensen
    • 30/08/2020

    Sound is pretty bad on this one.

    Sound is really bad on this one. Especially voice acting part between characters.. Very muffled.

    Overall a good cyberpunk story, very different from the tv show.

    Sex scenes were too long and pornographic for my taste. I mean... Nearly 20 minutes at one point.

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    • Amol Bansode
    • 24/01/2020

    Wild ride

    Watched the TV show prior to listening to the book. Book is probably better but show is great too. Excellent reading by Todd. Would definitely be recommending this to my friends.

    • Global
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    • David Hughes
    • 08/08/2018

    Thank God for RK Morgan A CyberPunkFuturist.

    I own all five of his books, in print, audio & video.
    Thank God for Morgan, the sci-fi/CyberPunk futures he gives you in his works maybe a glimpse of what we have in store in the coming years.
    Morgan is one of my favourite writers, he has taken the time to flesh out his characters and Takeshi Kovac is a creation like no other, a one time U.N. Envoy, Merc for hire, general Hard-Man and problem solver.
    Morgan writes full fuelled boys own rip your fucking head off stories, in worlds created and as fully populated as you can witness out your own front door.
    His works are dense, considered, controlled and as clear as mud but once you get hooked you just go with it
    Be warned but he is addictive.

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    • ORB1T4L
    • 15/05/2018

    Best sci-fi in years !

    I got the second book too and will probably need the third very soon !

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    • Faheem
    • 01/05/2018

    Rambling about nothing.

    Cringe inducing sex scenes. Overly flowery writing. Some chapters ramble about literally nothing. Steer clear.

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    • Tim Florian Dominicus
    • 04/09/2019

    Great Story, Great narrator, bad audio quality

    The story is great, Todd McLarens performance is perfect, but the Audio quality is really bad. Muffled and crackling.

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    • Draconia
    • 27/02/2018

    too fast?

    well I don't say this very often, but I actually liked the TV series better than the book. somehow the book is just a little bit too fast it doesn't develop the characters as nicely.

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    • Stefan Schelm
    • 08/05/2017

    Bad production

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    One star removed for replacing the (very good) reader from the first two books. This is very annoying in a trilogy.
    One star removed for the editor due to the wrong pronunciation of the main characters last name (especially considering that this has been a point made repeatedly in Altered Carbon).
    Two stars removed for bad audio design. The publishers try to use effects to spice up this production was a huge misfire for me. The introduction almost hurt to listen to.

    Very good story but bad execution. Probably will not even finish this.
    Shame, the first two audio books were very good.

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    • Magnus
    • 26/05/2021

    Very well written. Like Shadowrun or Cyberpunk but different.

    A real science fiction book. Not fantasy like Star Trek.
    Everything is based in a believable reality.
    The characters are deep, intense and flawed.
    The story is complex and confusing in a good way.

    I'm going to listen to it again.

    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Richard Wonka
    • 08/03/2021

    Not worth the listen - The TV Series is far better

    Mediocre story telling that reeks of testosterone-laden grunt-fantasies.
    The narrator does as well as he can do with the text he's given - credit to him - but he can't save the content from turning a potentially grand premise into a primitive, two-dimensional blurb.

    Sadly. Because the premise of the story is fascinating.

    I am now hoping that someone who is better at storytelling will work on the basic idea of the book.

    • Global
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    • Oncle Iroh
    • 24/10/2020

    the best of the altered carbon series

    this book is a classic noir crime story with a grumpy lone wolf as her protagonist with a lot of cool cyberpunk ideas

    • Global
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    • Benjamin
    • 16/09/2019

    Truly amazing

    This must definitely be one of the best books I have read in the past five years. Richard Morgan managed to create a world which is so dense and so fascinating that one can’t help but be dazzled and terrified at the same time by his dystopian future. It is interesting to speculate where he got his inspiration from. No doubt from modern day political, economic, military, social and philosophical problems. Easy to read/to listen to. An absolute page turner! It is good that he has written to more books. Also to be recommended.

    • Global
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    • Kai Moschcau
    • 29/05/2019

    Story good, performance good, production meh

    There should have been longer pauses of silence between scenes. These just are way too short. Sometimes it takes you half a sentence to realize, that you are now in a completely different scene.

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
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    • M.M.
    • 23/02/2018

    Love the book/schow

    I wanted to read/hear the books after watching the netflix show. I love it as much as I enjoyed the show but the story sometimes jumps to a side story (a dream, flashback, etc.) so abruptly that you don’t actually realize it for a couple of seconds and it really throws you off the story cause you sit there wondering „wait whats happening?!“. Overall still recommend!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 28/03/2019

    Best Narrator, but worst audio quality I have ever heard

    The narrator is the best you could wish for which for. Especially for this dark and deep story. He managed to give every character its own facette by modulating his voice in a real artistic way.
    The audio quality however is profoundly bad. It was not mixed professionally. Especially the lack of treble and the bass boost make the narrator very hard to understand. I can also constantly hear cars passing by the recording studio. Why is the sound engineering of such a popular audio book left to semi professionals? There must have been enough budget! Quite disappointing...