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The Prefect Audiobook
The Prefect
Written by: 
Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by: 
John Lee
The Prefect Audiobook

The Prefect

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter---a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band. Before long, the Panoply detectives are fighting against something worse than tyranny, in a struggle that will lead to more devastation and more death. And Dreyfus will discover that to save what is precious, you may have to destroy it.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study.... This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Braden Stromdahl 07-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Took Two Tries"

    The first time I started this story I got a bit lost in the universe he created, but the second time around I couldn't put it down. Wonderful book.

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    C.Q. Young Perry, FL USA 06-23-16
    C.Q. Young Perry, FL USA 06-23-16 Member Since 2009
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    "thoroughly enjoyable!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending was very satisfactory and in my opinion better than the ending of the next book in the series. I believe that book is called the blood spire? in any event, the narrator, John Lee was at his usual best and was able to perform multiple characters in a way that made them different from one another what was not so different that it was jarring. in my opinion, some narrators try too hard with other voices and I find it distracting. John Lee is one of my favorite narrators.

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    Heather Eggar Manhttan, KS 05-17-16
    Heather Eggar Manhttan, KS 05-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book by Alastair Reynolds"

    Great story and a great narrator, John Lee! I've enjoyed all of the books that Mr. Lee has narrated by Mr. Reynolds.

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    Amazon Customer 04-24-16
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    "regional restrictions are a crock of shit."

    great read, great story that keeps building.
    also enjoy the reader who I have followed through several authors.

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    Stewart 02-21-16
    Stewart 02-21-16 Member Since 2012

    Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)

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    "Mixed timeline"
    Any additional comments?

    It was a little confusing as the events in this book obviously take place prior to the Yellowstone plague. It fits in the same universe but should come before Chasm City

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    Brandon 02-19-16
    Brandon 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really cool and weird"

    I really liked the book. It's in the vein of Dune but focuses a little more on computers than genes. I had to take away 2 stars from the performance because the reader, although great, doesn't pause when changing from one point of view to another. When reading for audiobooks, these readers have to pause between chapters and scenes.

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    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 02-04-16
    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 02-04-16 Member Since 2011

    Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com

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    "Addicting Storyline, Brilliant, Interesting"

    This was my first book of Alastair's and I really enjoyed it. The first two chapters initially were hard but by the 3rd I was starting to get addicted to the storyline and could not put it down.

    The world and characters seemed well developed and it was worth buying. More importantly, I want to buy and read more of his books.

    Lastly, I found the narration for me was fine and easy to follow. I would definitely choose this narrator if I had the choice.

    Highly Recommended!
    Gordon Currie

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    Balt M. 01-20-16
    Balt M. 01-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Scratches my Ghost in the Shell itch"

    I enjoyed Ghost in the Shell with its analysis of the Human/Machine speculations. This book doesn't get too philosophical but it is an entertaining story about what a space-faring human civilization might be like.

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    Guy Ivie 12-29-15
    Guy Ivie 12-29-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Solid entertainment"

    I like Reynolds' storytelling, in general, though this story had what I felt were unnecessary complications here and there. Likewise, I like Lee's rendition of Reynolds' stories -- he does great accents -- but occasionally his intonation doesn't reflect the verb used to describe the speech. Still well worth the time to listen.

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    SPencer Bartsch Newport Beach CA 12-18-15
    SPencer Bartsch Newport Beach CA 12-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Who done it ?"
    Would you listen to The Prefect again? Why?

    Yes, and I will. Why you ask? This is an awesome Audio book. The narration by John Lee is a stellar performance for an Interstellar story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was nothing like I had expected. You see I don't listen to the short clip of an audio book before I purchase. I go by Art, the author and my gut. to me this is like a "Hercule Poirot" ( Complete with the accent )type murder mystery of epic proportion, meets "the Lawnmower Man". This story covers much ground or is should say space, habitats, humanoid races, tech and just about everything imaginable. With all the players and their back stories written vividly and complete. I love this kind of surprise in a book, and If you like mystery and sci fi you will to.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    his use of the different voice's for the characters, separating them perfectly without fail you know who is saying what without any doubt after the first few chapters and from then on as new ones are introduced.


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

    I would had time permitted, as it was I listened to the book in 3 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Great work just get it and listen for yourself.

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