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Titanium Noir

By: Nick Harkaway
Narrated by: Davis Brooks
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Summary

Cal Sounder is a detective working for the police on certain very sensitive cases. So when he's called in to investigate a homicide at a local apartment, he is surprised at first to see that the victim appears to be a rather typical techie. But on closer inspection, he finds the victim is over seven feet tall. And even though he doesn't look a day over thirty, he is actually ninety years old. Clearly, he is a Titan - one of this dystopian, near-future society's genetically altered elites.

There are only a few thousand Titans worldwide, all thanks to Stefan Tonfamecasca's discovery of the controversial T7 genetic therapy, which elevated his family to near godlike status. A dead Titan is big news...a murdered Titan is unimaginable. But Titans are Cal's specialty. In fact, his ex-girlfriend, Athena, is a Titan. And not just any Titan - she's Stefan's daughter, heir to the Tonfamecasca empire.

As Cal digs deeper into the murder investigation, he begins to unravel the complicated threads of what should have been a straightforward case, and it soon becomes clear he's on the trail of a crime whose roots run deep into the dark heart of the world. Titanium Noir is a tightly woven, intricate tale of murder, betrayal, and vengeance.

©2023 Nick Harkaway (P)2023 Hachette Audio UK

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Great world building

And another by Nick Harkaway where you just want to know more about the world he creates. Narration was note perfect.

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Great concept, brilliantly delivered

Hope this the first in a series because I devoured TN in just a few sessions.

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Magnificent

A super hard-boiled detective story in sci-fi trappings. Tons of weird and wonderful characters. An extremely good performance that really brings it to life.

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Clever and interesting gumshoe with a twist

Very interesting world. Great characters and a solid protagonist with whom to form a connection. Perfect performance from the narrator, although I ran it at 1.5x speed. Humour sprinkled throughout but not jokey. Recommend.

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Fabulous hard-boiled sci-fi

No two Harkaway books are alike but they're all excellent and this one is no exception. The Raymond Chandler hard-boiled Noir feel is captured perfectly and used to tell a typically atypical off-centre story. Excellently read by Davis Brooks. Get this book, you won't regret it

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Lacked emotion

I've always loved the Nick Harkaway books because they cleverly make the reader/listener feel so deeply whilst taking them on a whirlwind adventure. Sadly, I feel that "Titanium Noir" missed the mark in this respect. I felt nothing for the welfare of the protagonist nor the other characters. Perhaps the expert narration of Matt Bates would've saved this production as this voice actor was wooden in his delivery. <sigh>

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Another Harkaway knock it out of the park winner.

Very different to his other stuff, but equally brilliant. Don’t think anything will ever match The Gone Away World, but this man is annoying with his level of talent and creativity! My only complaint is that he’s not more prolific!

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