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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)

What Members Say

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    Craig United States 02-06-15
    Craig United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Confusing"

    well let's say you better pay attention ..the story jump's around to much for me

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    Denyse 02-03-15
    Denyse 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    I thought this would be like the series "Blue Remembered Earth" and "On The Steel Breeze." It was so completely disappointing that I could not finish it. The story jumps all over the place.

    The narrator is difficult to listen to because his volume drops off at the end of every sentence. It's very frustrating.

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    SYFI-Ed 01-28-15
    SYFI-Ed 01-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy and sometimes a good horror book, I also like a classic now and then.

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    "Attention SIFI readers, this is a must"
    Where does Revelation Space rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Ten in my favorites so far from audible. I think I will be getting more of Alastair Reynolds books. I'm still exploring audible.com. I like SIFI, FANTASY and a little HORROR from time to time. This hits allot of notes and it does it in a great way. I like the characters, very unique. And a smart, well laid out book.


    What other book might you compare Revelation Space to and why?

    Peter Hamilton comes to mind, thou this is a little less dense than Hamilton. But for SIFI readers who want a good size book, semi hard sifi with some well done character development. And a different story than the usual 18 year old girl finds super power plug in that is ramped right now this is really refreshing and different and in a good way.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I think it was well read. I am a little spoiled with Marc Thompson from the Star wars series but John Lee is pleasing over all. He has a semi monotone voice but he did a good job over all.


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

    Space is Dark but your not Alone in the Dark!


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, no remake here. Something different. very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jarvik7 Tampa, FL United States 01-23-15
    jarvik7 Tampa, FL United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unpleasant, tedious, and slow"
    Any additional comments?

    I would describe listening to Revelation Space as a chore. I kept going all the way to the end, hoping it would get better, come together at the close with something good. It didn't. I have heard great things about Alastair Reynolds, I want to like this series. John Lee makes a valiant effort, but this book... was way more of a slog to get through than anything you could describe as an enjoyable experience.

    Cons: Sub-glacial pacing, frustratingly insipid character/plot motivations, dialogue so bad and confusing that even the narrator couldn't figure out who was speaking fairly often.

    Pros: Interesting universe and technology, ginormous sword for a spaceship.

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    Meesh 01-23-15
    Meesh 01-23-15
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    "I love John Lee, however..."

    I think this is a producer issue, but the transitions between POVs were very confusing since there weren't any pauses of any sort. I had a lot of "WTF?" moments, and jumping back and forth just to figure out who was speaking.

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    S. Tulk Washington, DC 12-21-14
    S. Tulk Washington, DC 12-21-14
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    "Awesome Story - OK Character Voicing- HORRIBLE PRODUCTION"
    What would have made Revelation Space better?

    Completely overhaul of the audio production, editing and mixing, assuming the narration was recorded in a form that would make a difference. Increase the time between the transitions from the cuts to different scenes within chapters. It took me a long time (and reading some of these reviews) to figure out that there was virtually no silence between switching from scene to scene, which caused an extreme amount of confusion and it was very jarring. Also, love John Lee as a narrator, but either the mix down or the direction or his choice of voices caused me further confusion. There definitely is way too much bass in the mix, which made it confusing as to what character was speaking, but the French/Transylvanian Vampire accents were not all that differentiating either. Chasm City (which I'm almost done with) is FAR FAR superior. Also, I would agree with others, that Chasm City would be a better introduction to this universe.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first introduction to Alistair Reynolds. Big fan of Dan Simmons, Peter F Hamilton and speculative science fiction in the distant future. I love the universe he's established. Other have written other, better reviews. My focus (above) is 100% on the production quality. Really detracted from the story, flow, understanding and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly H. 11-02-14
    Kelly H. 11-02-14
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    "I did not like this at all, need to get the money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a different narrator , French accent hard to listen to, if that is what that is.


    Has Revelation Space turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not yet


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    just not a master of language with out a nasty accent


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, seems that the content had not even a close relation ship to real, I know this is fiction, just so much difficulty understanding the narrator I could not form am mental image of the story. I like to experience the story for the life distraction it represents.


    Any additional comments?

    would like the money back to spend on a different book

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    Matt P 10-29-14
    Matt P 10-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not like the narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend due to the narration. Perhaps the hard copy. I think there was an interesting story here but I missed much of it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Likely not


    Any additional comments?

    The narration made this book almost impossible for me to understand
    1. The accents are pretty corny compared to most other books i have read/listened
    2. Lack of differentiation between scenes
    3. The narrator (John) emphasizes the start of a sentence by making it loud, then gets quieter and quieter until the end of the sentence. Often by the end of a sentence I cannot hear the last 2-3 words. I have the volume up on my device all the way. This drove me nuts!

    I have read 37 books from audible so far and have not had difficulties such as those listed above with any of them

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    Amazon Customer 09-22-14
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    "Another great story ruined by John Lee"
    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    The performance by the narrator in this book is the same as every other performance I have head by John Lee, very monotone, no way to distinguish characters and no breaks/pauses between scene's or chapters.


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    Jonathan Walla Walla, WA 09-15-14
    Jonathan Walla Walla, WA 09-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Navaron

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    "Never completely grabbed my interest"
    What did you like best about Revelation Space? What did you like least?

    I thought the story in Revelation Space was good, but it never really grabbed my interest the way some other books have. Exploring alien civilizations through archaeology was an interesting and cool take on alien encounters, and this was enhanced by the mysterious disappearance of said aliens. However, the possibility of present danger based on the aliens mysterious demise didn't really build that much suspense for me. I 'read' most of this book via audiobook, and I stretched the book out over several months. I'm not sure if that somehow changed my perception of it or not.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alastair Reynolds before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds and I honestly enjoyed that one a lot more.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Absolutely! I have listened to several sci-fi books narrated by John Lee and I love the vast majority of his narration. In fact, I occasionally browse Audible solely based on books he's narrated since I like him so much.
    That being said, this is my least favorite performance of his (I feel really bad giving only 2 stars). I appreciate his attempt to add authenticity to the book by using French accents to go along with the French surnames. However, since most of the characters have French surnames almost all of them have the same accent. This leads to less differentiation between characters than in many of his narrations since he voices many of them very similarly. In addition, faux French accents can be enjoyable on the occasional character, but I quickly tired of them when they made up a huge chunk of the dialogue in the book.
    Other reviewers have mentioned sudden jumps between one character and another during scene-shifting points (which happen often). This is likely due more to poor production that any fault in the narrator. I went into this book with the knowledge that this could be a problem based on previous reviews. It is definitely noticeable and annoying, but I disagree with previous reviewers who felt it let to confusion about who's perspective you are currently following. While the shifts are sudden, without any pause, I could immediately tell what had happened based on contextual information. So while it was annoying, it didn't seriously detract from the story in any way.


    Do you think Revelation Space needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I felt that the story in Revelation Space was fairly self-contained. Since the narrative never really grabbed my attention I don't feel the need to read a second book. However, I do plan to continue the series just to see if it improves.


    Any additional comments?

    While I initially didn't like this book I am reserving judgement until I have listened to more books in the series. Sometimes a series gets off to a rocky start.

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