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Absolution Gap Audiobook

Absolution Gap

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The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate.

But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Scott la mirada, CA, United States 12-06-11
    Scott la mirada, CA, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Silly"
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I would try another book by this author, I think this was a hiccup in otherwise good sci fi. But pigs in space, seriously? add to that some guy who founds a religion requiring giant cathedral/tank cities to slowly plod over the planet in sync with a moon so it can be witnessed to dissapear now and then is just all kinds of silly.


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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mattias Norrk?pingSweden 09-15-09
    Mattias Norrk?pingSweden 09-15-09
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    "Best ever?"

    I am sci-fi fan and I must say that this story is a candidate for all time high on my list.
    Creative ideas and emotional characters help the already sound story along in an epic manner.

    Note that Redemption Ark really should be read first.

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    Nestor Arvada, CO, United States 07-21-14
    Nestor Arvada, CO, United States 07-21-14

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    "The worst book I ever read all the way through"
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.


    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    Alastair Reynolds


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book. <br/>Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy V 06-30-10
    Jeremy V 06-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Author's Story Telling Ability Disappoints"

    Mr. Reynolds creates a fascinating world, with interesting characters and ideas. Unfortunately he left me disappointed in his story telling ability. As with the book before it, I'm left feeling like he got bored writing the book and in the end just looked for the quickest way to wrap things up. Major parts of the final story line are summarized instead of lived, leaving me abruptly set adrift, and disconnected from characters he spent so much time building up.

    If you enjoy Sci-Fi entertain yourself with the incredible world which Alastair Reynold creates, just don't prepare yourself for the abbreviated ending.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-17
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    "loved this story"

    Mr Reynolds throws you right into the story and doesn't apologize for it. this was a great read and it's always fun to have a surprise twist that. you don't figure out till the Author tells you. I will be reading his other work.
    narrator did a great job!

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    "Not his best work"

    I like most I've read by Reynolds, but this was an exception. Long stretches of details I don't care about of characters don't care for. I was relieved when it finally ended.

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    Jaime mission texas, USA 03-03-17
    Jaime mission texas, USA 03-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Un genial desenlace. "

    la lectura mucho mejor, con un gran ritmo. Un genial desenlace. los personajes se terminan de definir y la línea de tiempo está mucho mejor estructurada.

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    Robert L. Penrose Philadelphia 01-29-17
    Robert L. Penrose Philadelphia 01-29-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Dissapointing ending"

    This is a great read right up to the end. If you read the others I recommend you finish. It is great up until the last 45 minutes.

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    USCsteveO 11-25-16
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    "Great conclusion to the true trilogy."

    Read Chasm City before this to interrupt the constant barrage of multiple power groups trying to win the fight for survival. A few references in this book will be happy memories to you, in my opinion.

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  • timothy
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    12/23/12
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    "absolution gap"

    loving it so far wish I had come across this a long time a go

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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