Woken Furies : Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy

  • by Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • Series: Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy
  • 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever. Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history. In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan's World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with "the" Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it's time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell. Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.


What the Critics Say

"The author's eye for detail and feel for the atmosphere and nuances of SF noir result in a story packed with action and angst that will also appeal to general suspense readers." (Library Journal)
"Morgan's anxiously awaited third Takeshi Kovacs novel makes a terrific addition to an award-winning series....Highly recommended for followers of the series, cyberpunk devotees, and hard-boiled detective fans not averse to a little genre-bending." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Is this a joke?

First two books were narrated by a pro. This seems to be someone's Canadian brother-in-law who was owed a favor.

It would seem that this guy did not read the first two, did not read through this one before recording it, and likely has never read a book aloud before this.

I didn't make it through half an hour before having to turn it off. Can't even follow the story because I'm too annoyed with the narrator saying "Ko-vaKS" (we all know, even people who have only READ the book, that it's pronounced "Ko-vach").

To the narrator: Sorry to be harsh, but these audio books cost money, and I have a very minimal set of expectations. Could I do better? Probably not, but I'd have at least made an effort.

To the author: your books are awesome. The first two in this series are brilliantly narrated. Why, why, why would you allow this?
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- Magikarp Salad

"On Harlan's World...

... Kovacs is quite a common name. Everyone knows how to pronounce it. This guy didn't."

First, let me say that my problem is not that there is a different narrator for this last book in the series, so much as it is that this narrator is terrible, and apparently didn't do a lick of research. Clearly he didn't even read or listen to the first book, or he would have known how to pronounce "Takeshi Kovacs." (Not with the 'k' sound, but with a 'ch' sound).

Even if I didn't have the previous narration to draw on, or narration from any of the dozens of other books I've listened to, I would say that this narrator is terrible. To me, there is no differentiation between characters except male or female, or the echo versions of each. There was also no nuance to the voice that would give you the sense, which we tend to take for granted, that a character is going from a thought, to speaking. I kept wondering when he was going to say "did I just say that, or think it?"

I've listened to about 20 minutes of this book, but I cannot imagine putting myself through listening to the rest. I would suggest that anyone who values the quality of narration in an audio book just plain avoid this one.

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- Danyal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio