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Thin Air

Narrated by: Colin Mace
Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)
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Summary

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors, with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work.

And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years...and it promises to be a publication to remember.

An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

©2018 Richard Morgan (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Ben
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 05-11-18

Excellent, the best so far

Beyond the sexy noir there is a convincing political context that gives this P.I. story some lasting weight. Really enjoyed this one.

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It's Richard Morgan, but not at his best.

OK, longstanding Morgan fan here but not bowled over by this one. Were my expectations too high? Maybe. This book is set in the same universe as the earlier Black Man (Th1rteen in the US) and it delivers a lot of the same bitter, pulpy cynicism but without the depth of that book. It's... I dunno. It feels unfair to say it, but "placeholder Morgan"? If you like Morgan's style there's a lot to love, but it feels kind of superficial compared to Black Man and Altered Carbon. I also found the sex kind of gratuitous. If you're a teenager that might be a selling point not an irritant of course. Overall, I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I'll read it again (I read Black Man, oh, at least 4 times, and will again. That's a 5-star book).

Audiobook-wise, reader Colin Mace is... well. He has a laconic, p*ssed-off, bored tone that fits the character but (and it's not the first book I've listened to that he's read, and it seems to be a Thing) he doesn't seem to track the sense of what he's saying a lot of the time. He puts. Pauses. Where they don't. Add anything. Sometimes he'll start reading a sentence, but when you think he's stopped, then you'll find it's not the end. Of the sentence. Sometimes this really gets in the way of understanding.

Overall... Damn, I love Morgan's work, I've been LONGING for this, but somehow it's pretty meh. Sorry, Richard.

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Damn... Richard Morgan is on form

This is going to be a very short review. All in all this novel is riveting, I loved the setting and I hope this turns into another trilogy. I feel that the twists and turns in this novel were so unpredictable compared to his earlier work. Talking about his earlier work his writing has come a long way, far more descriptive and less unessisarily abstract (not that I ever complained before); But it's clear that he has progressed as a writer.

As for Colin Mace, he does an excellent job of bringing the protagonist and all the other characters to life! There was only one character I felt could have used a different voice to set him apart, but it really didn't make much difference as they were not in it much.

Overall, fantastic read!

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Brilliant

Fabulous sci-fi. Similar style to the Altered Carbon books. Great story and great narration

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Similar to his carbon series but not quite,

Close but felt it needed a tighter edit.... Only do many times you can hear overider before your eyes start rolling, worth a listen anyway

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Interesting world but tediously florid prose

When book is hard to follow when you're listening you know something's wrong. The whole thing is jammed full of florid prose, which doesn't seem very fitting for the 1st person narrative, and has a negative impact on the performance. Such a shame, but I've seen similar in Morgan's other books, it just seems worse here.

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  • Ron
  • Melbourne, Derby
  • 26-01-19

Solid Sci-Fi Noir

Very much the shaggy dog story/sci-fi noir I was looking for from this novel (my first by this author). Some nice world building and full of the hard-boiled dialogue you would expect from this genre. The narrator has the right pitch and accent - but occasionally drops into slightly stilted timing - presumably when he scans to the next line. This is a bit odd and the first time I’ve noticed this in the half dozen titles (various authors and narrators) I’ve listened to on audible. Recommended if you are a fan of the genre - prob not the first port of call if you are looking for a breakthrough novel into this type of fiction.

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  • Andy
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 19-01-19

Racy, Rauncy Mars Detective Story

This is an excellent book, set well into a future Mars colony with a great deal of depth given to life on that world. There is plenty of action involved (in more ways than one) as the main character slowly unravels the plot which is very layered and ultimately rewarding. Great book! Hopefully the first in a new science-do series !?

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Life in the gash

Enjoyable book. However there is a lot of unnessery graphic sex
Would like to read. more.

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  • Stu
  • Southport, United Kingdom
  • 01-12-18

Great tech

Authors are integrating Augmented Reality with rapidity i've noticed, and this book gets it totally right. To much sex though, i had to fast forward various sections it was painful to listen to. Great narration, would listen to more of this guy, do more sci-fi !!