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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (17,922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard K. Morgan Narrator: Todd McLare Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Takeshi Kovacs Series Release Date:
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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the UN. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. 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-UN 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you’ve ever wondered what kind of science fiction Raymond Chandler might have written for a futuristic Philip Marlowe, check out Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. In this rousing first novel, Morgan has reimagined The Big Sleep as 25th century noir.”

    New York Times

  • “This seamless marriage of hardcore cyberpunk and hard-boiled detective tale is an astonishing first novel.”

    London Times

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony Gleeson | 2/17/2014

    " Morgan, a member of the Glasgow group of up-and-coming speculative authors, is an interesting writer, absorbing and reflecting lots of contemporary styles (most obviously William Gibson) and classic ones (if you read carefully you'll pick up Chandler among others), and he tells an interesting story with equally interesting characters and ideas. The only problem I had with this, the first tale of Takeshi Kovacs (pronounced "ko-vatch")was a fairly high level of gratuitous cruelty... I could have gotten by without torture sequences being delineated quite so clearly. Morgan tosses out lots of fascinating concepts of a rather dark and dystopian future, so fast and thick you have to stop to absorb many of them, including the social and moral implications of being able to preserve one's consciousness after death and transfer it into a new body-- changing the very meaning of "death" (and introducing the novel concept of "real death" as a particularly nasty taboo). It's dark and ultimately pessimistic science fiction, well done if you find this appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Raq | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book a lot. Morgan blends hardboiled noir mystery with post-cyberpunk science fiction, and creates a compelling and damaged hero in Takeshi Kovacs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joseph | 2/4/2014

    " great book. raises questions about government and morality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lacey Savage | 2/2/2014

    " What a wonderful sci-fi debut! I was extremely impressed with Morgan's lean, evocative prose. I adored Kovacs -- his voice and his plight grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. The story had everything I crave in a top notch read: excellent pacing, wonderful world building, three-dimensional characters and a plot that kept me riveted into the wee hours of the night. I'm thrilled to have discovered Richard Morgan. I ordered his entire backlist as soon as I turned the last page of ALTERED CARBON. (A+) "

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About the Author
Author Richard K. Morgan

Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award. He lives in Scotland.