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Revelation Space Audiobook

Revelation Space

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Publisher's Summary

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself.

With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason. And if that reason is uncovered, the universe - and reality itself - could be irrevocably altered.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"One of the best books of the year." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
"Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic - it may really be like this Out There." (Stephen Baxter, co-author of The Light of Other Days)

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    J. Baars Netherlands 09-01-15
    J. Baars Netherlands 09-01-15 Member Since 2009

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    "Hm."
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    No. I think once is enough.


    What was most disappointing about Alastair Reynolds’s story?

    In an audio book, a cornucopia of characters works less well than in a written book, especially if these characters bear exotic names. Maybe it's premature dementia, but whatever the reason, for me it doesn't work.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I don't know. John Lee has an annoying habit of starting a sentence loud and then quickly decreasing his volume to an almost mumble. This can work in a completely silent environment but in a noisy environment, like a car or a train, this has the effect of only hearing the first words of a sentence, and guessing the rest. Alternative is to play it so loud it hurts your ears.


    What character would you cut from Revelation Space?

    None in particular.


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    aza 08-19-15
    aza 08-19-15
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    "😲 WOW!"

    Somewhat of a confusing start, but don't let that deter you, keep on listening and you'll get it and you won't want to stop!

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    Ed 07-26-15
    Ed 07-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Awful narration"
    What would have made Revelation Space better?

    Better narration


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every sentence started off at good volume, but the narrator swallowed the end of each sentence so that it was hard to understand. Consequently, I had to turn the volume way up so that I could hear the end of each sentence, but that meant the beginning of each sentence was extremely loud. I enjoyed the book but the narration was extremely annoying to say the least!


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    CJinMD 07-19-15
    CJinMD 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "even John Lee's narration couldn't keep me awake"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some sort of excitement in the storyline. It drones on fact after detailed fact after fact...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

    I may try but I mainly purchased this for John Lee's narration voice but without a good write behind it, it wasn't worth it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was the only thing that kept me from returning this title immediately.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Even a good narrator can fall for poorly written books.

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    Paul Canada 06-29-15
    Paul Canada 06-29-15
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    "good story, terrible recording"

    interesting story if a bit long winded.

    The recording is terrible though. Quiet and muddled voice with no gap when switching scenes.

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    Copper Minehart 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a bad read. Not my favorite"

    Not bad, the hard sci was good but a little too sophisticated for me.

    It seemed to fall a little flat in the later chapters.

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    Jake Campos The World 05-16-15
    Jake Campos The World 05-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I couldn't do it"
    What disappointed you about Revelation Space?

    I am not sure if it is the narrator or the story itself, but I just wasn't hooked. I had to start over twice in hopes that I had missed something that would grip me and pull me into the story. But I never found it. After about the first third of the book I put it down, and I haven't picked it up since. I always feel terribly guilty when I leave a story un-ended like this, but I didn't have a choice. I really suggest you listen to the preview before you purchase this book.


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    MTB DC 05-08-15
    MTB DC 05-08-15

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    "Painful listening"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The printed book - yes. The audio....maybe not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes, as long as he never again used the "Count Dracula" voice. This strange sounding vocalization would have been excellent if he used it for only one character - not all of them! As a result I found it a great distraction and rather painful to follow the story. I was actually happy to arrive at the end without losing my mind.


    Could you see Revelation Space being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is beautiful and thought-provoking. John Lee is normally a wonderful narrator but for this particular performance he ruined the experience by the compulsion to use a weird Romanian cosmonaut accent - for nearly every character in the story.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-14-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2012

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

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    "Solid Brit Space Opera"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Revelation Space


    Any additional comments?

    Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.

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    Joe Arvada, CO, United States 04-11-15
    Joe Arvada, CO, United States 04-11-15
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    "Alastair Reynolds does it again!"

    Another great read by the master of sci-fi. Can't wait to start the next book. Keep them coming.

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