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Redemption Ark Audiobook

Redemption Ark

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Publisher's Summary

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"The best of the new breed of space opera. Wild action on a grand scale spans well-imagined and developed worlds." (The Denver Post)

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    Nurlip 04-09-13
    Nurlip 04-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Finally getting to the good stuff"
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    This book finally gets to the really interesting part of the Revelation Space series, the real bad guys. While i appreciated the buildup Reynolds delivered in the first two entries, the third is, by far, the best yet. Even though the 'long plot' is being developed rather slowly, the writing and solid narration keeps me listening to find out what happens to the main characters and hoping the end of the series delivers what I've been anticipating. If you made it through the first two books of the series, you won't be disappointed by the third book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 03-17-10
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Get's old"

    Someone needs to tell the author and editor that after you spend 1/2 the book going all over the galaxy you can't spend the next 1/2 the book just sitting inside a ship doing procedural stuff! First 1/2 was interesting, second 1/2 was very boring.
    Characters were very 1 dimensional and the way they handled situations was very naive given the level of technology they are supposed to have.
    I wouldn't recommend this book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laine Herron 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "continues great series"

    great book. great series. not standalone. epic. makes me want to live forever and have Adventures across the Galaxy too.

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    Karuṇā Heidelberg, Germany 09-14-16
    Karuṇā Heidelberg, Germany 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing if you're expecting hard sci-fi"

    We meet a new faction in this book of the series, which is, initially, exciting and fresh. But this book disappoints early and often and takes great pains to keep disappointing.

    The character we initially presume to be the principal protagonist is quickly supplanted by a boring alternative who is incredibly dumb and formulaic. After the author starts rolling out the frankly unbelievable Deus ex Machinas to keep this bozo out of trouble, the book loses literally all suspense.

    All the annoying tropes are here, too:

    · The "mystic", who magically intuits all of the plot points
    · The Deus ex Machina "technological" advancements that magically smooth over the current plot difficulty and then are instantly forgotten
    · The "evil, scary antagonist" who, literally, accomplishes not one single thing the entire book. Not that anything they're attempting to do is evil, or scary, or even wrong at all
    · The protagonist who is somehow more noble or better because they eschew current technology in favor of slightly older technology, which is mysteriously and nonsensically somehow an advantage

    It's a real disappointment overall. The prose is decent and John Lee is pretty great as always, so not a total loss. Just keep your expectations low and you won't be (too) disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer 05-10-16
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    "Love and Quantum Vacuum"

    Alistair's science is impeccable, his world is more realistic than any other. The one downside is that his characters seem too stiffly self controlled than real people.

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    Robert L. Penrose Philadelphia 03-31-16
    Robert L. Penrose Philadelphia 03-31-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Smart Sci Fi"

    This edition brings the Revelation Space story further. If you want haunting space craft in the desolate emptiness between stars this is for you.

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    Brandon Hayter 07-17-15
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    "Great next book"

    Chasm city really added to this. I'm excited for the next one. This is an amazing series

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 06-10-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Beware Skade!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Redemption Ark to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This is a long book, and is essentially the middle book of a lengthy trilogy. John Lee and Audible have done a fantastic job in delivering this modern, classic space opera. This is not a book to be rushed through, or one when completed will have a life changing meaning. It is a book to be enjoyed and savored. I think you will enjoy the characters and become comfortable with spending time with them in this long narrative.


    What other book might you compare Redemption Ark to and why?

    Probably Revelation Space, but I thought this was a stronger story. The universe becomes more fleshed out and we begin to understand the interaction of the different races and motives of those races.


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

    Neville. I thought he did a great job here. But make no mistake there are strong male and female characters in this book, and they are not done stereotypically. Each character has some flaws, as well as strengths. I think this is what makes Reynolds such a good author. No doubt he can talk science and astro-physics in particular, but he can also characterize individuals in a believable manner. As always John Lee is just great, he is becoming one of my favorite narrators. Well done sir.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I found myself listening to the story often, which is a testament to how well it captured my imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    Reynolds is at the top of my list of modern space opera. I put him ahead of Hamilton and on par with Simmons. If you enjoy those authors I thin you will love this series, but you have to hang in there a little bit. Reynolds rich descriptions may turn some people off, because he may seem like he is not getting to the point. But he is drawing you into a fully developed universe adn if you suspend your disbelief you will be intrigued and entertained fully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ERNET1 04-14-15
    ERNET1 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Truth is out there. "

    I read the book a while ago . Great book back then. even better book having somebody read it to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 03-27-15
    James Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Try To Suspend Disbelief"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they enjoy science fiction.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lukewarm.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's got a strong, pleasant voice that can vary according to character. But every time I hear "disorientated" instead of "disoriented" it makes my skin crawl.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really had to work to suspend my disbelief with this book, and it had nothing to do with the science fiction. A seasoned soldier with centuries of experience decides to forego saving ALL SENTIENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE in order to possibly save one possible relative? You don't have to be god to see that this might not be the appropriate decision. Soured the whole book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Stevo
    7/7/14
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    "sci-fi gold"
    Where does Redemption Ark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redemption Ark?

    Clavain defecting from the conjoiners and cutting skade in half in the process lol.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His accents and deliverly. I rate him highly for all his narrations I've heard.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was a few laughs in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the trilogy in order for the best experience (revelation space, redemption ark, absolution gap).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • timothy
    LINCOLN, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "redemption ark"

    all I can say it jumps all over the place in time and space,you just need to keep on top of where you are and its a good read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Houghton Conquest, United Kingdom
    9/8/09
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    "Dreadful"

    Why are people giving this good reviews? The narrative is muddled and often confused. Events are frustratingly skipped, for example at one point it is decided to steal a ship, something that is nearly impossible the reader is told, next the ship has been captured and the mission is on it's way. If only this happened once, but it doesn't. Skip to the so called big finale, I mean skip over, sorry, a character is woken up from a freezer and told of events he took part in but forgot. There are plot holes galore and the ending is quite contrived and rushed. If this was not an audible book I don't think I could have endured the first chapter. Perhaps the author has trouble describing action sccenes and feels more comfortable with dialogue. Sorry I like both. Did I mention loose ends? There are quite a few.

    The reading is excellent I might...by the way....

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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