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One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease, and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin.

But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished.

But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel. Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards....

©2012 Alastair Reynolds (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • alasdair
  • 03-05-13

Another awesome Reynolds tale with great narration

I've listened to all of Reynolds books on audible and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. This is another great tale which has some great intriguing ideas about the near future.



The narration was great - I listened to the Rivers of London series prior to this so recognised the narrator. Although not the same as in previous books, I felt he did a great job. I think this is a great move as it sets this series apart from the Revelation Space books.



Can't wait for future stories to see where this goes!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dermot
  • 02-07-13

Loved this audiobook

This was my first experience of Alastair Reynolds. I found the story very intriguing, the vision of the future was well thought out and, as much as possible with Sci-fi, quite believable. I was thoroughly entertained.



Like a lot of people I can't understand the criticism of the narrator, I thought Kobna Holdbrook-Smith did a superb job - fresh and engaging throughout a very long audiobook.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • 08-11-12

Great audiobook production, OK plot

Narrator is great. Not perfect, but great. Easily on par with the previous narrator of Reynolds. Arguably somewhat better. There are thematic sounds between some chapters. Although normally a big no-NO, it worked out pretty well for this book. All in all, the production is perhaps the best I ever listened to by Reynolds.

However, the book as such is not that great. Or rather, the plot isn't. The characters and environments are cool. But the plot overall is a bit slower than usuall for Reynolds (ie it does not pick up great momentum towards the end). And there are some annoying details, such as when one character gets called into interviews with the police, flees ans applies for citizenship in another country, returns to the first country but is not again called to the interview. Without any explanation... But it is OK. In comparison, I would say that it is of about the same quality as Century rain; ie not among the best but OK nonetheless. That being said, the world building is great, and I will definitly read the sequels.




1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian
  • 04-11-12

Mesmerising and absorbing tale

I have just finished listening to Blue Remembered Earth and feel that small empty feeling that you get when a really good and enthralling tale is finished. The main characters were three dimensional and believable. This was a really enjoyable experience and I am so glad that I was not put off by the reviewers who said that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration and voices were irritating. I found his voice pleasant and the voices of the characters with their regional accents seemed entirely appropriate.

I would recommend this listen to all who enjoy this genre of fiction.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick
  • 03-03-12

A small step.....

Wonderful, and fully justified the new narrator, I have listened to 7 other of his books and am familiar with how they sound, but 'Tanzanian accent', 'Senegalese', etc could he have coped?
A new beginning, I will have to wait, but I do so in confident expectation, thank you Alastair.
P.S. Don't some people whinge? oops, guilty of it myself, mea culpa !

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dowie
  • 02-10-12

Disappointed

Ah! Alastair this one is a real disappointment. I have listened to all your other books with real enjoyment. The right amount of story, tecno stuff and suspense for great sci-fi. Good luck with the next one! I know you can't be bang on all the time.
Stephen

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • 06-28-12

Good

the narrator takes a little getting used to and the little bits of music are off putting, but once you get past that it's a good read I really enjoyed it

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • ben
  • 05-09-12

Recommended

A very good book. Plenty of twists and turns, with interesting characters and ideas. Well worth a listen

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 03-11-12

Brilliant

Brilliant story very well read. Having read all the Revelation space series I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Looking forward to more of the same.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert Wheatley
  • 03-04-12

Not great, but not bad either....read on.

OK, there are 3 parts to this review. The book, the audio and the narrator.

1) The book.

It's an OK story, I liked the opening, then it was slow going for a long time before starting to pick up again. The book had dull aspects, plus was quite repetitious at times (characters re-telling the story you already know to others). It reminded me of most documentaries on TV of late where you get told the same thing many times over (I'm not sure whether this is done to pad out a show or because media companies think that people are stupid). There are also so very obvious plot 'twists'.
Finally, there are quite a few holes in the use of technology (I wont go into them here as I think they would act as spoilers).

All that said, I understand that it's the 1st book in a trilogy. I would probably get the next one (unlike a lot of books I've listen to lately).


2) The audio
Not a great production. You hear several changes in audio quality and tone during the narration. Plus there are a few places where the edit as screwed up and a sentence is repeated. This makes me think there could be missing sentences too.

3) The narrator.
He has come into quite a bit of criticism. I assume he was chosen over the 'usual' Reynolds narrator because he could do a variety of African accents. I found one or two mildy annoying, but that's not a bad hit rate and I think the same could be said for almost all books on audible. My opinion is that he did a good job, if a little slow at times, but the pace is as much to do with the producer than the narrator, so don't put all the blame on him.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful