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Chasm City Audiobook

Chasm City

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Publisher's Summary

Named one of the best novels of the year by both Locus and Science Fiction Chronicle, Alastair Reynolds's debut Revelation Space redefined the space opera. With Chasm City, Reynolds invites you to reenter the bizarre universe of his imagination as he redefines Hell.

The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet - has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted---from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a lowlife postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Consistently startling.... Reynolds remains one of the hottest...SF writers around." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Connor 10-15-13
    Connor 10-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Rolled Gold"

    The best Alastair Reynolds book I have heard at Audible. Human colonized worlds, futuristic space travel and the twists – turns in the plot left me feeling like a pretzel. Just add salt and I’m ready to be dropped in a bag of Rolled Gold.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 10-14-13
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013

    A well written book is a gem.

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    "Ties The Alistair Universe Of Books All Together"

    I wish I had read this one before his others. It explains the references from his other books and would have made the whole series much easier to enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.

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    "One of the creepier Rev Space novels"
    Any additional comments?

    After all the mentions (all negative) of Chasm City in the series I was very excited to get into this book. Interestingly most of the creepy stuff happens not in Chasm City but in the stories leading up to the main characters arrival. All in all a solid addition to the universe though a bit disjointed at time. Pacing at the end is odd. As with The Prefect, if you're unfamiliar with Revelation Space start with that series as it sets an important foundation and makes this book more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick TULSA, OK, United States 04-23-13
    Patrick TULSA, OK, United States 04-23-13
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    ""Know Thyself" takes on new meaning"
    Would you listen to Chasm City again? Why?

    Yes. Revelation Space gets sniped because of how density and depth of Reynold's Universe. Chasm City fills the back story for a couple of the planets as well as explaining the historical momentum behind the "present day" in his universe.

    The nods he gave towards "Revelation Space" were also enjoyable, as was the noir hint and the quippy nature of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist. There is no way I can explain without blowing the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tanner's fish out of water experience as he descends from the Ice Mendicant's station to the surface of Yellowstone was outstanding. The supporting cast also adds to the scenery.


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    Nurlip 04-09-13
    Nurlip 04-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Revelation Space Book 2, twice as good"
    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Revelation Space, you'll like this book even more! Although an entirely new string of characters are introduced and the story seems to deter from the 'long plot' set up in Revelation Space, the story in this book is more entertaining and engaging overall. I really enjoyed this book b/c the characters are all very strong and the plot keeps you intrigued through every twist and turn. John Lee, as always, does a fantastic job developing character personalities through their voices, no complaints there. About the only thing i was disappointed with in this book was the deviation from the 'long plot' of the Revelation Space series but as i said, its absolutely worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, United States 11-23-11
    James Austin, TX, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Start Reading Alastair Reynolds here"

    After reading six of his novels, I would recommend that "hard" sci-fi fans of "space opera" start here with Alastair Reynolds. Chasm City kind of blew my mind. Reynolds has done some very creative things writing in the first person, and Chasm City is my favorite example. After Chasm City, try "The Prefect" and/or "House of Suns." If you're really enjoying yourself, proceed to Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap or some of the others, which I can't yet comment on.

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    Stephanie Leahy 07-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Long, complicated narrative, but worth it."

    Full of twists and turns. As soon as you feel like you have a grasp on what's going on in the story, it shifts and slips away, becoming something even more intriguing. It isn't until the final seconds of the book that you feel confident you know who everyone is, and that they finally know who they are themselves. Full of unreliable narrators, flashbacks, dreams that aren't quite dreams, and non-gimmicky amnesia, all worked seamlessly together to build a world most authors need three or four books to integrate you into.
    A little flat on the narration - would have preferred a more emotive speaker; the monotone of John Lee's performance makes it hard to care about the main character, until you're used to it. But at least he gave everyone a fairly distinct voice.

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    USCsteveO 07-28-16
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    "Great back story to the trilogy"

    This story precedes Revelation Space by a long period of time. There are references to points of lore in Revelation Space, but the reader doesn't have to know them in order to grasp the context. Alistair does a great job in this aspect, and the narrator is true to this achievement as well.

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    Amazon Customer 07-24-16
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    "First time Reynolds reader, very Impressed!"

    This was a fantastic story. I really enjoyed the depth, the Tarantino style and the story arcing twist wonderful. I can't recommend it enough.

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    Norb 07-03-16
    Norb 07-03-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to audiobooks.

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    "falls apart suddenly near the end"

    was going along fine, and then rush rush cobbled together weak ending. quite different flavor from rest of book

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  • Bilbo316
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    2/1/14
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    "Chasmic Shift"
    If you could sum up Chasm City in three words, what would they be?

    Original, relentless, grim


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has arc works fantastically allowing you to piece together the plots strands just at the right pace.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

    All characters are fantastic and John Lee's voice is perfectly suited to each of them, had me gripped!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The resolution - without wanting to give anything away...


    Any additional comments?

    A super book from a good writer given a sprinkling of scary dust from the magical John Lee which moved the story to another level for me.

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  • Owen Phillips 2
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    4/9/13
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    "Chasm City - wow"

    I'm a big fan of Aladtair Reynolds' Revelation Space series, and I think this is the best of them all

    The original novel kept me glued to the book for a week, and lots of subsequent rereading



    It brings together future warfare, secret agents, space travel with a real noir feel



    This audio novel enhances the experience. John Lee's narration is excellent, highly convincing and believable



    In my opinion, this is the best sci -fi novel of the past 15 years

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  • Tashifan
    4/7/13
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    "Great fun"

    A wonderful romp through space. This tale and its twists and turns keeps you on the edge of your seat. I just could not wait for the next excuse to listen. A great mix of adventure, science & technology. Where does this guy get his ideas?? And yes, it does answer some of the questions that I had in my head after reading 'Revolation Space'.

    As alway John Lee does a superb job of bringing it all to life and making some of the more complex concepts.

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  • Fukuwarai
    Peterborough
    11/17/12
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    "Reynolds is THE SF writer of the moment."

    Reynolds' own version of 'Known' space is coherent and disturbing, involving and dark. John Lee narrates with clear diction and engages the listener. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Robinson
    8/23/11
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    "A Masterpiece!"

    What a captivating story, plenty of action and some majestic characterisation. A unique and quite brilliant mechanism for telling several stories concurrently, and a superb 'reveal' awaits the listener to weave each strand into a completed tableux as the book concludes.

    My fourth Alastair Reynolds audible book and my favorite so far, highly recommended.

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