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Altered Carbon

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Todd McLaren

17 Hours 30 Minutes

Tantor Media

January 2005

Audio Book Summary

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or 'sleeve') making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats 'existence' as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .

'Morgan's debut novel, the first in a series, combines noir mystery with ultra-high tech science to create a complex sf thriller. Featuring a hard-nosed antihero with his own sense of personal honor and ethics, this is highly recommended for sf collections.'-Library Journal

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  • Anonymous

    Haunting. Best science fiction I've heard in a long time

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  • Doc

    I could have done without the graphic sex scene, but the graphic violence is absolutely vital to the story. It helps illustrate the nature of the society and it IS the sign of the times as they are presented in the story. I am truly impressed. The only good CyberPunk story I have ever read was a book called "The Last Dancer" and this borders on CP, but is more of a genre mash-up. Really well done. Can't wait to "read" ;-) Broken Angels...

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  • Capt. Cheez

    I am not much of a Sci-fi fan, but this book has a great story line and strong writing

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  • Dan Pressley

    I only heard about this from a friend. I trusted his judgement and listened to it. This was an exceptionally well-written story with likeable characters and a futuristic twist. Although there is an aspect of science fiction in the book, it is easily believable and does not detract from the story and the message of ethics issues it presents.

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  • James F.

    This was a good book. It falls somewhere between the Big Sleep and Blade Runner. l would recommend it do other listeners

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  • Anonymous

    Terrible book.

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  • Philip H.

    Story starts okay but seems directionless most of the time. Characters are stereotypical action figures and one dimensional.  I didn't feel for or care about what happened to them.  Many of the characters have original Japanese or Hispanic names, but author provides no cultural significance or subtleties about them, so they could just as well be named Dick and Jane. The book is way too long and I only felt relief when it ended. 

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  • Brandon Wickersham

    First time hearing this book. Found it really good, well plotted, narrator did a great job.

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  • Cynthia C.

    Story is okay, worth the listen. And the narrator is fine. But you can hear every audio edit; every stop and start so much that after a hour or so of listening that I'm listening for the abrupt clicks and bumps instead of the story. Someone needs to learn about cross fades...rookie mistake.

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  • Pat R.

    Was ok. Had a hard time. This needed your full attention or would get lost

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