Summary

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. Read by Todd McLaren.
©2003 Richard K Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jez Cajiao on 19-10-13

Always interesting!

What made the experience of listening to Altered Carbon the most enjoyable?

Constantly introduced ideas about the future that are both believable and possible, I loved it!

What other book might you compare Altered Carbon to, and why?

Almost a steampunk version of l Ron Hubbard, with a touch of Brandon Sanderson!

What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An almost laconic laid back narration, that fits the almost reminiscence style of writing

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Death is no longer final

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Chris I on 15-10-15

Fantastically imagined future world

This is a great SF book. The premise of digitally preserved human consciousness is brilliantly imagined. The author creates a vivid future world full of detail, and the plot is excellent; it will leave you guessing until the last chapter. Anyone who likes hard Sci-Fi will love this. Initially I found the slow drawl of the narrator a little annoying but after a while I really liked it as his tone and delivery suited the story very well.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Skinner on 28-02-15

Great audiobook, some distracting mistakes

I don't know whether it was misreading or some typos in the original source material, but the narrator says "yazuka" once, before saying the correct "yakuza" later in the book. Near the end he also says "casual link" where only "causal link" would make sense in the context. I found these mistakes distracting from an otherwise compelling story and voice performance.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Æ Mann on 21-01-18

Smooth book - the recording, not so much

Marvelous book - smooth blend of the sci-fi and detective elements which is really cool. Even 400 years out there's still femme fatale, a criminal underbelly hidden in the darkest corners of the city and a corrupt elite preying on the weak.

The performance was all right but the quality of the recording was lackluster. Sometimes you can hear background noise and the push of the record-button.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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