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Broken Angels

Altered Carbon, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (600 ratings)

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Summary

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless.

Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.A breakneck-paced crime thriller, Altered Carbon took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. Broken Angels melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars.

This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.

©2003 Richard Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media

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Excitement by the fistful.

I listened to Broken Angels barely daring to breathe for fear I would miss one of the twists and turns of this full-on space drama. Richard Morgan is a superb storyteller and uses all his skills to relate another Takeshi Kovacs tale. If you liked Altered Carbon, you will love this. The fan contract is fully satisfied.

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Another Great Read

I really enjoyed the first novel, and while the second has a very different fell its every bit as good. Solid story, a few throw backs to the first novel, but no enough that you need to have read the first to enjoy it. The universe that Morgan has created here is really interesting and I hope to see a few more books in this series

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Very different to the first book.

It was enjoyable enough but I preferred the 50's detective style of the first one.

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An unusual follow up.

Great performance, and the story was enjoyable in itself, however it didn't share much of the original, the crime thriller is gone, replaced with an epic sized cross-space adventure

Enjoyed it, but the first was more to my tastes.

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  • Dana
  • United Kingdom
  • 15-05-18

Disappointing

The first book was cool, but this one I couldn’t get into at all. Boring!! Returned it.

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  • Mike
  • Twickenham
  • 12-01-15

As good if not better than Altered Carbon

Hats off to Richard Morgan on Takeshi Kovacs second outing! A great mixture of politics, philosophy and psychology with a sprinkle of sex and violence. Absolutely brilliant!

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Meh

All the sex and violence of Altered Carbon with none of the storyline.

Kovacs has become a bit of a pastiche of himself, and I doubt if you asked me next week that I could name or discern any of the other characters.

Mildly entertaining, but you can find better.

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Enthralling - 100% enjoyed every second of it

I only bought this audio book because of the TV series, then I saw it was 16 hours. No way I was going to listen to all of that!

How wrong I was! 00% enjoyed every second of it.

The story just got deeper and deeper and is a whole new side/introduction to what happened in the TV series. You truly got inside his mind and felt like you were there. Extremely well narrated too.

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really good. but too quiet

really good story, reasonably well written, although I did lose track a bit. it was just read out a bit too quietly. I use an earpeace in the car. I can hear all my podcasts really well. just not this boom otherwise I'm looking forward to this one turning into a TV show

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Not as enjoyable as I had hoped it would be

After catching the Altered Carbon series on Netflix, which I enjoyed immensely, I really wanted to enjoy this book more. I found the depiction of the sex scenes jarring, overly graphic and unnecessarily irritating. Aside from that, it was an average story. I hated the characters and, frankly, only stuck around to glean what I could about the enigmatic Martian civilisation. I didn't really enjoy the narration, but I'd like to hear more from Todd McLaren, reading another author, before laying the blame at his door.

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  • Hákon
  • 27-02-18

Definitely okay

Altered Carbon was very good so I went into this one for more of the same, but, it simply wasn't. This was an okay book, don't get me wrong, but that's it. It felt predictable and Kovacs didn't feel consistent, like this was originally a story meant for a different character, and then Kovacs got shoehorned in

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  • Matthew Waltner-Toews
  • 23-01-19

Not bad.

Some great SF, mystery and R- rated action writing interspersed with some easily skipped hardcore porn and graphic torture. The narrator is great and the story flows well. Just don't listen to it in the car with your kids.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-18

Horrible lector, way too deep sound.

Horrible lector, way too deep sound.
Horrible lector, way too deep sound.
Horrible lector, way too deep voice/sound

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  • Angelo
  • 21-02-18

round 2 was as great as round 1 ...

now the Martian question and how the Core will deal with the Envoy still remains