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I totally loved the first 2 audibooks and the author but then this!
I cant stand the new narrator - the singsong voice does nothing for this brutish hardened hero story and does not work for the genre. He is a significant change from the narrator of the first 2 books and cant pronounce the lead characters name.
What on earth happens in the story? Total mess. New characters keep on appearing all the way to the end. Eventually the poor plot just become annoying and I just couldnt care if the hero lived or died. If I hadnt listened to the other 2 books and enjoyed them so much I would have deleted this hours and hours ago. Real shame.
30 of 30 people found this review helpful
If you've listened to the other audiobooks in this series, I'd advise avoiding this one. For whatever reason it was made by a different company and at some point somebody decided that, because its sci-fi it needs cheesy sound effects. Which evidently meant speaking every word of "Envoy recall" through an old Pringles tube, which just cheapened the whole thing.
This alone I could have dealt with...
What is completely unforgivable and the reason I'll be returning this book after I post this, is that the new narrator William Dufris, mispronounces the lead characters name EVERY SINGLE TIME HE SAYS IT! which given that this book is written from Takeshi's point of view means that since the last book he's forgotten how to say his own frickin name!
When you add to this, that in the previous two books Takeshi has occasion musings on how frequently people mispronounce his name, just makes it hysterically incompetent and all the more rage inducing.
William Dufris, you sir are a dingleberry, do your research next time, your a disgrace to your profession.
29 of 29 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who doesn't care about details, background information, setting and didn't listen to the first two audio books.
If you’ve listened to books by Richard Morgan before, how does this one compare?
Bottom of the list. I usually enjoy the audio books of Richard K. Morgan, his fantasy novels as well as his scifi but this one was just awful, especially since I took a liking to the first two.
And what's with the editing? Echo sound effects for flashbacks? Why? I had to check my file at the first scene, just to realize it is edited to sound like this. Why the inconsistencies in a trilogy? Highly unnecessary.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
If you can't even get the protagonists name right, you might as well decline the job and choose a different book. The author spent a few lines in his earlier books explaining the pronunciation and origin of his character's name, the narrator just didn't care. The setting of the story has a strong Japanese influence but he couldn't get any of those words right either. Every time the I heard the word yaKUza made me cringe and it didn't stop there. I'm not sure if it was the author's choice to find a new narrator, I really liked Todd McLaren's interpretation of Takeshi and his attitude. Just the right amount of "not giving a fuck", pardon my language. Dufris' character interpretations, especially those of the female characters, all sound cookie-cutter-basic.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Woken Furies?
I wouldn't chance it. The author wanted to tell a story, and even though I liked the later parts better, because I had an interest in those plot elements from prior books, the author likes to keep the reader guessing. I'd have liked greater detail regarding the changing environment, since the protagonist had a long and eventful life at this point but we don't read much about the changes in the universe. Altered Carbon still remains my favorite from the trilogy with this one ranking last, even though the plot had me hooked before I even had the chance to pick this book up.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Couldn't get past the first few minutes. The lack of effort put into this audiobook is apparent from the start. I would probably read it instead.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful