©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor
"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)
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!
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.
Sci-fi at its best. An enthralling plot. The characters are complex and interact in complex patterns against a convincing yet not invasive cosmic background where the key questions about the meaning of life are continuously present.
Nevil Clavain and his internal moral struggle
The channeling of a star through a cosmic funnel to incinerate a whole planet
Continuing the saga started in previous books. Everything ties together.
Still like space operas. Book didn't disappoint
Very heavily accented.
Should have main characters smoking!
excellent story, i was hopping to continue the series where it left off but this prequel is great, I would read this before the others.john lee is great as always.
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I read Revelation Space in print, and really enjoyed it, so I started the rest of the series in audio. It's awesome science fiction, akin to Ian M Banks' books, such as 'surface detail'.
The narrator has grown on me during the series. He's doing a fine job.
I'm certainly going to finish the series.
Redemption Ark is played out in the same universe of Revelation Space but you don't need to read the Revelation Space first. It is another classic book from Alastair Raynolds that will keep you entertained right through to the end. This is a story of humanity in the near feature and reasons why alines and other species are hard to find. Very plausible and engaging with excellent ending.
I picked up Absolution Gap on a whim. It was great. Then I felt I wanted to read more of this masterful writer's work. I found out that I had read the third of the series out of order. I then did the other two with just having finished Redemption Ark. No disappointment in any of the series. I just wish that I had read them in order. I disagree with one of the comments above about the characters being one dimensional. I feel that there is depth of character and character development. I start to actually like the good guys and feel as though I would like them as friends. That doesn't happen often. It's also skillful to write this many pages without having to resort to gratuitous sex. But I bet he could do a knock up job. Though the narrator does not give any pause between different scenes for time or place his reading is well driven and holds your attention well. He could use some more intonation, but overall he's a powerful reader.
The author paints fascinating pictures with wonderful literary skill. He phrases words with fantastically awesome imagery and concept. I think it's him that I'm stuck on more Sci Fi, but I have been a fan of sci-fi before. I just hope that there's a 4th book in the works,
I was looking forward to enjoying this book, I listened to a sample and concluded that the narrator had a nice clear voice, and the blurb seemed interesting.
Sadly I've given up on it.
This narrator reads the words totally deadpan, his punctuation is virtually non-existent, he moves from one storyline (or viewpoint) with barely a pause for breath, so one is constantly lurching from one storyline thread to another, having lost the plot, and this is a fairly complex book.
What i'm talking about here is the audiobook equivelant of a book printer using different fonts, italics, bold typeface etc to differentiate between storylines etc, as an aid to clarity and comprehension.
Some narrators go to the other extreme, trying to give every character his or her (or it's) own voice, and this can be irritating too, (check out Larry Niven's "Protector" for an example of what I mean), whereas for an example of best practice, check out WWW.Wake, by Robert J Sawyer, a model of clarity.
This is a missed opportunity because I guess that this book is unlikely to be re-recorded in a more sympathetic reading, so I'll never get to hear it or the rest of the series, (or indeed anything else by this narrator).
AUDOOBOOK PRODUCERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!
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....
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