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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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Altered Carbon the most enjoyable?
Constantly introduced ideas about the future that are both believable and possible, I loved it!
What other book might you compare Altered Carbon to, and why?
Almost a steampunk version of l Ron Hubbard, with a touch of Brandon Sanderson!
What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
An almost laconic laid back narration, that fits the almost reminiscence style of writing
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Death is no longer final
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is a great SF book. The premise of digitally preserved human consciousness is brilliantly imagined. The author creates a vivid future world full of detail, and the plot is excellent; it will leave you guessing until the last chapter. Anyone who likes hard Sci-Fi will love this. Initially I found the slow drawl of the narrator a little annoying but after a while I really liked it as his tone and delivery suited the story very well.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The story works itself into a few corners that don't make much sense, with Kovacs doing things that are just idiotic at points. He's terrible detective, in any case. The sex scenes are abysmal.
The sound design on this one needs work. There's a lot of dead air and pauses that should have been ironed out in editing. It detracts from the experience.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Amazing book and amazing performance! You won't regret reading through this one! This is a SF gem
4 of 5 people found this review helpful