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The Prefect | [Alastair Reynolds]

The Prefect

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.
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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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    Kevin Eagleville, PA, United States 12-05-12
    Kevin Eagleville, PA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Prefect delivers!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listened to many of Alastair Reynolds books on Audible, he has created a highly detailed and intriguing universe containing interesting characters and places. The life breath of this universe is the continuity from story to story, that thread of recognition contain in names and places from previous stories, as you listen to each new story. This is just one small aspect of why I look forward to each new installment.

    The character of Field Prefect Dryfus as the hard driving cop with the moral imperative to protect the citizens of the Glitter band from the impending collision of a twisted destiny forge by the leftover remnant of an experiment gone badly, is one of Reynolds best.

    The performance of each story by John Lee is enthralling, each character uniquely endowed with personality through the force of his vocal nuances.


    What other book might you compare The Prefect to and why?

    Dune. Paul Atreides and the fight protect and free that planet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to pick just one!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just the feeling of awe in this expanding universe.


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    MIchael Australia 08-14-12
    MIchael Australia 08-14-12
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    "Rich and Rewarding"

    I was thoroughly enraptured by this story. It's a good old-fashioned detective story with a sci-fi twist. The narration was wonderful, giving the characters their own life.

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    Mike 08-02-12
    Mike 08-02-12

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    "Only John Lee..."

    Narrator John Lee is remarkable: He can suck the life out of any good story. Lee has a deep voice and a fine accent, but those cannot make up for his random inflections, uneven reading style, and complete lack of voice characterization.

    I would suggest buying the print copy of this book. Avoid John Lee's narration at all costs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robert nederland, tx, United States 07-30-12
    robert nederland, tx, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fresh take on Sci Fi"
    Where does The Prefect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it was an excellent story. It started a bit slow though, but it gradually picked up. It did take a bit to get used the accent of the narrator, but it still was a nice listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prefect?

    When Jane gets decapitated in order to remove the Scarab. And when Dryfuss meets the Clockmaker.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I'm going to have to say Gafney. He made me see his sneers without ever seeing him. Second is Sparva.


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

    Sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Golden Da Bayou 05-24-12
    P. Golden Da Bayou 05-24-12

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    "Interesting plot, fantastic story, meh narration"
    Where does The Prefect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only have a handful of Sci-Fi to rank it with and I would put this at about the mid point... if I could ignore the narration, I could give it better marks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prefect?

    Whip-Hound revenge.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was the sticking point for me on this audiobook. Lee gives very little life to most of the characters and his accent lends itself to about two-three variations. His pauses between between words became predictable and were kept between characters. It really became annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Annoyance at times... but again, due to the narration. Not sure why people enjoy Lee so much. But I have not heard any of his other work... maybe it is just me.


    Any additional comments?

    The Prefect is a great sci-fi story. The tech is really inventive. The plot is unique. Some of the character interaction is a little bit unbelievable and at times brings what should be a climatic pace down to a crawl. I attribute this partly to the narration.

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    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 05-05-12
    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 05-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Complex and absorbing"
    If you could sum up The Prefect in three words, what would they be?

    But which Prefect?


    What other book might you compare The Prefect to and why?

    Maybe Dune, due to the Plans within Plans aspect of the plot. However, it's been a very long time since I read that so the comparison is probably imperfect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conversation with the Clockmaker.


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

    Nothing's as simple as it seems.


    Any additional comments?

    For followers of the Revelation Space series, this book gives some cultural background on the Glitter Band and the Demarchists in general.

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    john queanbeyan, Australia 03-26-12
    john queanbeyan, Australia 03-26-12
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    "The Prefect is Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What can I say. Great story, great characters, great writer.What more could you want?Thanks Alastair. Your writing has hooked my 12 year old on sci fi. Nurds rule!


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    Elder Statesman Doctor 03-22-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Somewhat disappointing and out of order"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only somewhat. There were a lot of good parts but there was also some significant weakness in some of the structure. Specifically there were multiple times when things went wrong for the 'good guys' in unrealistic ways. For example, a doctor going in to see a dangerous criminal patient with no guards to back him up, or when people are taken hostage by someone, but apparently the entire police authority does not have any automatic processes that would notice or detect this is happening in a much more technologically advanced society than ours. Or the lack of ability in a police operating theater for a surgeon to just speak up and immediately request security to rush to where he is for protection or to apprehend the criminal!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Multiple moments of anxiety and suspense.


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice control, captures differences in voice for different characters well.


    Did The Prefect inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Audible screwed up the placement of this as part of a series. They have it listed as #5 in the series. It SHOULD BE # 1, or listed as a prequel, as all the action in this occurs Before the action in Volumes 1 through 4 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 02-09-12
    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story, Not His Best, But Solid"

    I have enjoyed all but one of Alastair Reynolds' books (Absolution Gap being the one exception). If you have liked any of his other books, you will enjoy this one, too. You almost always feel you're there in his stories, this is no exception -- you imagine you are on this not so alien world, along for the adventure.

    John Lee does an excellent job, as always. One of my favorite narrators.

    Happy listening!

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    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-06-12
    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A bit simple"

    The concept of this book was great. The narrator was good as well.

    I found the characters a bit simple ...... The lead character was overly right all the time ... it got a bit annoying ..... The ending was abrupt that left me asking myself what just happened..... it ended so quickly ...

    Even with my negative comments i did enjoy the book .. I guess I enjoyed it enough that I wanted it to be just that much better

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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