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Redemption Ark | [Alastair Reynolds]

Redemption Ark

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.
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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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    Larry londonderry, NH, USA 11-12-09
    Larry londonderry, NH, USA 11-12-09
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    "great book"

    Great book.. good read long and kept my interest..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Paget London 01-12-10
    C. Paget London 01-12-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Dissapointing, a missed opportunity :-(("

    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!!

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin irvine, CA, USA 08-20-09
    Kevin irvine, CA, USA 08-20-09
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    "Decent book if not wholly original"

    Just finished this one. Nice long book. Wasn't quite as epic as advertised but entertaining all the same. An awful lot of familiar elements to regular scifi devourers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN FALLBROOK, CA, United States 02-10-12
    JOHN FALLBROOK, CA, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT TO SLEEP BY"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    MORE INTERSTING- VERY MUNDANE AND BORING.


    Has Redemption Ark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    VERY SLOW, AND THEN GETS SLOWER


    What character would you cut from Redemption Ark?

    COULDN'T STAY FOCUSED ENOUGH TO SAY.BOOK NEVER TAKES OFF


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts 09-26-11
    R. J. Monts 09-26-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Don't Start"

    You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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