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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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    Jolene Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 06-30-16
    Jolene Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 06-30-16
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    "Well done, as always."

    I love Reynolds. I love Lee. The entire series has been fantastic. Listen to the entire thing from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Kenmore, WA, United States 05-21-16
    John Kenmore, WA, United States 05-21-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Takes some Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would listen again. No friends have enough time to listen to this long book. Requires commitment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The far reaching technologies of science fiction. Stay within our known laws of physics but push the envelop till breaking.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The love affairs.


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

    Just You Wait


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the book but now exhausted. Narrator did a great job. Span of time plus numerous locations plus a large cast of characters. Next time I will set up a spreadsheet so I can keep track of everybody and everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "loving this you Series"

    these books little hard to follow if you don't pay attention to the date but it is a great book series can't wait for the next one

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    Steven 02-07-16
    Steven 02-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Best SciFi I've ever read."

    This series has completely changed my standards for good science fiction, raising it to a level I think will be difficult to meet. Absolutely fantastic. Great story, imaginative hardcore science fiction elements, believable characters. I'm going to have a hard time finding it's equal.

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    Michael Harrison 12-10-15
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    "Terrible frustrating nonsense."

    If you're a fan of the series, I have bad news for you. The story of the inhibitors in concluded here, but's it's the worst resolution that you ever could have imagined. Arbitrary ideas are invoked to justify arbitrary actions which lead to an offscreen resolution and an epilogue which immediately makes the whole thing pointless. It's the worst kind of bad. It's heavy and self indulgent, tedious and non sensical with barely any characterization, a plot seemingly made of holes and inconsistencies and an ending so awful it retroactively ruins the whole series. Avoid it like the melding plague.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 09-16-15
    Alex 09-16-15

    I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...

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    "A Frustrating and Disappointing Waste of Time"

    The personality of a couple of key characters and some of the group dynamics change to focus more on the drama of inter-personal politics. In situations where it would have been action stations, it's now let's have a meeting to discuss... literally... I'm not kidding!

    After over 7 hours of waiting for it to get better, I have given up and am returning this book.

    My recommendation is do not waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dallin 08-20-15
    Dallin 08-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable Experience- Doesn't Stick the Landing"
    What made the experience of listening to Absolution Gap the most enjoyable?

    The minutia of what made Revelation Space and Redemption Ark good are still present, interesting ideas, vivid characters and good voicing.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Reynolds sets the bar enormously high in Revelation Space, with Absolution Gap he does not quite go far enough in answering all the questions and implications. At several of the key moments in the book, decisions almost seem to be made because the author needed them, not because the characters did. Compared to Reynolds characters of the RS and RA this was a bit of a disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The listening experience was enjoyable, as was the process of wrapping my mind around the possibilities presented by Absolution Gap. To those on the fence about listening (or reading) this book, my advice is still to check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Dallas, TX 06-21-15
    Dennis Dallas, TX 06-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Complex and, for me, confusing story!"

    I struggled with continuing with this book. It was multifaceted, and until I was three quarters through the book, did I get a glimmer of understanding.

    I felt there was a lot of rhetorical information presented, and the narrator's inflections did not help me understand the difference.

    I bought this book because of all the positive reviews, but decided they had more brain processing power than I have!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 05-22-13
    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 05-22-13
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    "Terrible jumble of a book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have liked other works by Reynolds, and I can't think of whom could really be pleased with this mess. Too many competing plot lines left hanging. Any book that requires both a prologue and an epilogue to make sense has some real plot problems.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

    I would have to think twice. If I am reading I can skim through a subpar book. With audio books one is stuck. With Reynolds that's lots of hours stuck.


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

    Scorpio


    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    The jugglers, scuttlers, inhibitors, shadows, the conch material spacers


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara darby, MT, United States 12-16-12
    Sara darby, MT, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"
    What made the experience of listening to Absolution Gap the most enjoyable?

    This episode picks up nicely after Redemption Ark. Sometimes hard to follow, but still good sci-fi. I really like John Lee as narrator, and generally like books that he does.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Yevgeny
    West Drayton, United Kingdom
    11/28/12
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    "Too much left to the imagination"

    All three books do a great job at starting plot lines and describing minute details of the world, but in the end they all fizzle out. The reader is left to extrapolate the story from the established trajectory for themselves far too many times.



    John Lee's narration is, however, somewhat improved over the previous 2 books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    gazeley, United Kingdom
    7/27/10
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    "Great start awful endings"

    I have listened to this entire series, and whilst the worlds and characters are well visualised, The author spends a vast amount of time describing walking and sludge yet skips over intense and pivotal battles and key plot climaxes. So despite a promising start it lacks an ending or closure. You are much better off with Peter Hamilton if your tastes run to space operas

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    11/26/09
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    "Good to be back."

    I just started reading this book after reading the two previous books. It's nice to be back with an author who takes his time, lets characters develop and doesn't play silly buggers with physics for the sake of plot. These are slow burn books and you cannot be in a hurry when you read them but they reward you this one has a really nice sense of foreboding from the start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S A Corbishley
    9/28/09
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    "Ends with a whimper instead of a bang"

    After listening to the previous two volume I decided to persevere in the hope that the authors grand vision would finally be attained, unfortunately my faith was misplaced.

    Very much weaker than the first two volumes the plot makes little sense, the final confrontation is almost pathetic in its non-event.

    The trivia and obsessive detail drives you mad long before it ends, many questions are left unanswered and the few that are are answered weren't worth the wait.

    Highly disappointing, unfortunately I really can't recommend this book to anyone, it promises much but fails to deliver on almost all levels.

    It genuinely feels like the author ran out of ideas and had no plan on how his story was to finish, very unsatisfying.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth Palmer
    11/14/16
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    "excellent but for an accent"

    excellent book and performance except that clavain's accent changed dramatically from the previous book which can be quite jarring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • redfeend
    4/12/16
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    "Another good yarn, narrated by a master"

    John Lee is in his element as usual. The story is not quite as good as the previous books in the series, hence 4 stars. Still a first rate book, but it has a lot to live up to. I hated what the Skade character did. Shame she didn't really get her comeuppance. I grew to like Scorpio the pig and was glad he made it to the end of the book. At least some of the baddies get bumped off. Shame some of the good guys 'buy it' by the end. Still, I enjoy Reynolds a great deal. I had to listen to the epilogue twice to understand it. I will definitely listen to the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    12/31/15
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    "Series going down...?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Too many holes in this one to be believable. Could be the last of this series I listen too which is a shame.


    What was most disappointing about Alastair Reynolds’s story?

    Unbelievable storyline. Situations created could easily be circumvented by the players and the final outcome was unjustified.


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

    No-one. He is perfect.


    Do you think Absolution Gap needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For me, this is likely to be my last of this series and wish I had stopped before this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smudger444
    4/7/15
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    "Could have been better"

    The story was. well I found fragmented. .and the somewhat monotone narrator didnt help. so I struggled with this one. I would perhaps liked the story better had I read it myself..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Momo
    Salford, United Kingdom
    11/5/11
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    "Mind the Gap - it will seem real!"

    In this subsequent instalment in the Revelation Space series, both Alastair Reynolds and John Lee develop the characters further. As before, the excitement and imagination is brilliant and the reading adds hugely to one's following of what is going on. Listen to the whole series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/6/11
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    "Disappointing Ending"

    I have now listened to a few of Alastair Reynolds books and was looking forward to listening to absolution gap on my forthcoming commutes. The storyline and characters kept me captivated until the very end at which point i was immensely disappointed. It seemed to me a huge cop out! You expect a huge battle, a brilliant scientific breakthrough that lets the characters triumph or a happy ending..? but no! It appears Reynolds ran out of steam or time...? In short, 20 hours plus of enjoyable listening but be prepared for the anti-climax. As a final thought, the narrator John Lee as always was superb! If i see he's the narrator, it can often influence my selection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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