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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard K. Morgan Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400174317
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Richard K. Morgan's Thirteen is near-future science fiction, very much in the vein of Bladerunner. A failed government program to produce a more violent, aggressive form of military fighter has resulted in the U.S. rounding up most of the test subjects and isolating them on Mars, a place where no one with any sense would wish to spend their days. But not all of the government subjects have been caught and shipped out to Mars. Enter Carl Marsalis, a hit man who would like nothing more than to stop killing and put his past behind him-and when he's eventually captured in Miami, it seems like the government might take care of his problems for him. Unfortunately, around the same time a transport from Mars arrives back on earth. The entire crew has been killed by a stowaway who turns out to be one of these violent superhumans-and maybe something worse. Now Marsalis is given a choice: use his heightened powers to hunt down the killer, or face a fate worse than death. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stellar…Morgan goes beyond the SF cliché of the genetically enhanced superman to examine how personality is shaped by nature and experience…Without slowing down the headlong rush of the action, the complex, looping plot suggests that all people may be less—or more—than they seem.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A surprisingly rich and detailed story with many intriguing sociopolitical ideas…. Simon Vance's British accent lends a wearied patina to Carl…. This novel is compelling; highly recommended. Library Journal Audio Review
  • “Another spectacular blending of noir and SF from the author of the Takeshi Kovacs series…The prose, as always, is hard-edged and often violently graphic, and the dialogue punchy and realistic…Similarities in tone and substance to the genre-bending works of Philip K. Dick and (to a lesser extent) William Gibson are surely not accidental, although Morgan is no imitator. He’s too good for that.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Thirteen is a solid effort for Morgan’s devotees, as well as a good read for fans of military sci-fi with a twist.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/16/2014

    " Maybe more like 3.5 if you subtract the macho bs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 2/16/2014

    " Genetically-enhanced bounty-hunter is tasked with tracking and eliminating another like him, but there is more going on in the background. Morgan again takes no prisoners in his writing, and nobody really comes across as terribly likeable. But the setting is believable and he action and plot quite thrilling. Fairly hot sex scene too. Rated R18 for frequent strong violnce, language, sex scenes and adult concepts. 4/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/15/2014

    " Best Morgan book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melvinhiddenelder | 1/23/2014

    " This is an author you should be reading. This is one hell of a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 1/20/2014

    " What I love most about Morgan's writing is his world-building, and how well he lingers in the moment. That, and the fast, brutal action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich Brown | 1/19/2014

    " Can I just adopt the previous review written by Justin Sanders? Done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 1/2/2014

    " This was a really good book. I enjoyed Morgan's 'Altered Carbon' trilogy and this is a step better. The ending does not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnmark Larson | 12/26/2013

    " A gripping, violent sci fi novel. I liked the political speculation (Jesusland!) and the interesting ideas about genetic engineering. It goes on and on in parts, though, and has a little too much expository dialog where it could have just let the story play out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 King | 12/4/2013

    " I tried to read this book,by the third chapter sick of trying to decipher words that were oddly used in the way the book was written and keep up with the events and characters....maybe i'll finish it at a later date. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 11/29/2013

    " too boring to finish.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 11/24/2013

    " just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/16/2013

    " Good socio-sci-fi (Heinlein or Dick as opposed to Asimov - future society more than future tech). Touches on many themes present today including sexism, racism, and politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/27/2013

    " I am a dedicated sci-fi fan. First Richard Morgan novel I have read. I will be reading more. Captivating story line , well written. They call it cyberpunk. Bring it on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Monroe | 1/23/2013

    " Disappointing stand-alone. Should have been more tightly edited and about 100 pages shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zed | 11/20/2012

    " great read. while reading this i kept thinking it was written about me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Cavosie | 7/19/2012

    " Jesusland! Yep, about right, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 1/6/2012

    " Extremely good, bordering on great. Intricately built near future scifi story told with great, and I do mean great, action and violence in a pulp noir tone. You don't need to enjoy scifi to love this adventure/detective story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gathly | 7/6/2011

    " This book was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/11/2011

    " Disappointing stand-alone. Should have been more tightly edited and about 100 pages shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton | 1/5/2011

    " As much fun as "Altered Carbon" - maybe more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/26/2010

    " It's a while since I read a Richard Morgan book, and I'm loving this work, saved as a Christmas holiday read. If you like cyber punk sci-fi, with great stories and superb writing, give Morgan a try. Also the first novel I'm reading with the Kindle app. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris "Stu" | 12/5/2010

    " This is the loosest adaptation of the Big Star song ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 10/30/2010

    " Probably a bit rape-y for a book club selection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 9/8/2010

    " Can I just adopt the previous review written by Justin Sanders? Done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grahambootle | 7/8/2010

    " I realy enjoyed it, fast paced plot, I liked the central concept of the 13s.

    I thought that it also covered many social and political themes well, feminisation of society etc. I would thoroughly recommend it. "

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