Market Forces

  • by Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won.The reward? A stake in the new nation. It's cynical, brutal, and it has nothing to do with democracy and the rule of law. So what else is new? The executives in this lethal game bid for contracts, fight for promotion, secure their lives on the roads. Fighting lethal duels in souped up, heavily armoured cars on the empty motorways of the future. Chris Faulkener has a lethal reputation and a new job at Shorn Associates. Has he got what it takes to make a real killing?


What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Winner, Science-Fiction
"Convincing and compelling." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good easy listen

This book was quite entertaining and well thought out. It has unexpected turnings and a rich character development. It's an easy listen, well read, with great voices. I wish Morgan had more out. Having said this it was not as good as Altered Carbon but it was excellent.
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- Gary Godman

Hope you like cars and violence

It took about 2 hours to get used to the narrator. It didn't seem like it should have been read with such a "soft" voice/British accent but I put my ipod on the faster reading speed which made it much better. The narrator is good/consistent enough that you can always tell which character is speaking.

There is a social commentary underpinning here that detracts from the action; the author seems to have tried to write an action book that had a "moral" - two things that normally don't go very well together. It nearly works. The moralistic part got a bit heavy handed at some points, earning a fast forward.

I don't know about this "I didn't like any of the characters so the book sucked" attitude... we're not supposed to like them, that's the point. Greed and power have nothing to do with liking people, and that's what this story is about.

The sex (while still R rated) is pretty tame compared to the Altered Carbon series (X rated sex). The violence is also very graphic, and sometimes it goes on a little too long so that you get tired of hearing all the dozens of ways they are maiming or killing someone.

Overall, it's a decent listen. I'd buy it again.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2005
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio