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Redemption Ark Audiobook

Redemption Ark

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Publisher's Summary

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"The best of the new breed of space opera. Wild action on a grand scale spans well-imagined and developed worlds." (The Denver Post)

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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 03-17-10
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Get's old"

    Someone needs to tell the author and editor that after you spend 1/2 the book going all over the galaxy you can't spend the next 1/2 the book just sitting inside a ship doing procedural stuff! First 1/2 was interesting, second 1/2 was very boring.
    Characters were very 1 dimensional and the way they handled situations was very naive given the level of technology they are supposed to have.
    I wouldn't recommend this book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 06-30-17
    Bryan 06-30-17
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    "fun story"

    very entertaining. not quite as good as chasm city but overall a good story. enough so that I will start the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alex 04-27-17
    alex 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "wow , just wow ."

    i wish i woukd have read the other books before this one - still , one of the best sci fi books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Stefanucci 02-27-17

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    "Still not up to par"
    What would have made Redemption Ark better?

    Have to say that I was hoping for an improvement over books 1 and 3 but it was really boring. I could not get through the first half.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime mission texas, USA 02-22-17
    Jaime mission texas, USA 02-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "el texto muy bueno, el audio no"

    el libro es muy bueno, pero la grabación no está bien nivelada y los bajos dominan, esto hace que sea un poco más difícil de entender claramente en algunos puntos. El lector no hace suficientes pausas en cambios de escena/tiempo/línea de historia y es confuso. El cliffhanger es excelente.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C.Q. Young Perry, FL USA 10-14-16
    C.Q. Young Perry, FL USA 10-14-16 Member Since 2009
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    "fantastic continuation of this epic storyline"

    John Lee as narrator again performs wonderfully. the story flows along so wonderfully and kept my attention throughout. I usually only listen to stories in my car, but I had to listen to this at work and at home because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I can't wait for the next book in the series and plan to start on it tomorrow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Davidson Hawaii 09-28-16
    Lisa Davidson Hawaii 09-28-16 Member Since 2017

    Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!

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    "Very Disappointing After "Chasm City""

    I loved "Chasm City." The characters were fascinating, the plot dilemma very original, and the world-building exhilarating and unique. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this novel--in fact, I returned it for my credit back under Audible's excellent guarantee policy.

    Any compelling sense of suspense failed to hook me, and I didn't care about any of the characters. Scenes seemed to drift back and forth and eventually I just lost interest entirely, alas. I had hoped for a new trilogy to absorb me, but this is not it. More and more frequently I am of the opinion that we need more stand-alone novels and fewer serializations that leave readers stunned, bored, or dismayed after having their hopes lifted by the original and then dashed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laine Herron 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "continues great series"

    great book. great series. not standalone. epic. makes me want to live forever and have Adventures across the Galaxy too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karuṇā Heidelberg, Germany 09-14-16
    Karuṇā Heidelberg, Germany 09-14-16
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    "Disappointing if you're expecting hard sci-fi"

    We meet a new faction in this book of the series, which is, initially, exciting and fresh. But this book disappoints early and often and takes great pains to keep disappointing.

    The character we initially presume to be the principal protagonist is quickly supplanted by a boring alternative who is incredibly dumb and formulaic. After the author starts rolling out the frankly unbelievable Deus ex Machinas to keep this bozo out of trouble, the book loses literally all suspense.

    All the annoying tropes are here, too:

    · The "mystic", who magically intuits all of the plot points
    · The Deus ex Machina "technological" advancements that magically smooth over the current plot difficulty and then are instantly forgotten
    · The "evil, scary antagonist" who, literally, accomplishes not one single thing the entire book. Not that anything they're attempting to do is evil, or scary, or even wrong at all
    · The protagonist who is somehow more noble or better because they eschew current technology in favor of slightly older technology, which is mysteriously and nonsensically somehow an advantage

    It's a real disappointment overall. The prose is decent and John Lee is pretty great as always, so not a total loss. Just keep your expectations low and you won't be (too) disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-10-16
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    "Love and Quantum Vacuum"

    Alistair's science is impeccable, his world is more realistic than any other. The one downside is that his characters seem too stiffly self controlled than real people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    Bromley, United Kingdom
    6/26/09
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    "Well written and brilliantly read"

    Just to put things right this book is the SECOND in the series. There are other books in the same universe parrallel to this one. However this one continues the story on most directly from "Revelation space" Time has moved on though and new charecters take the lead. Its as fantastic as the first and exceptionaly well read. Can't wait for the next installment. Wikapedia has a good entry on Reynolds and all his books and short stories.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    11/30/10
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    "Good quality Hard SF"

    This is the sequel to 'Revelation Space', which was a truly terrific book. I enjoyed this one too but, frankly, it's not in the same league as 'Revelation Space' - narrative momentum does flag at times and the plot is not so skillfully knitted together, so you feel the length as it were. But still worth a listen.

    The third book in the series 'Absolution Gap' is a mess by comparison - easily skipped.

    John Lee does a fine job on the narration.

    Recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • david
    2/23/17
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made Redemption Ark better?

    The first hour lasted so long, i couldnt get into the story and so much time was spent on seemingly poinless information. I have given up after 3hrs and i still couldnt say what was going to happen or where it was going.


    Has Redemption Ark put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Gilmartin
    4/14/16
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    "Very enjoyable, but tedious in a few places"

    I got this as an audiobook because I really struggled with the print version. The overall story is great, but Reynolds needs to dial down the needless theoretical physics chat. Hard sci-fi is great, but not when it's so hard you need a physics degree to enjoy it.

    Revelation Space and Chasm City weren't like that and they are excellent, so I have hopes for Absolution Gap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    5/20/15
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    "Second reading"

    The span of this trilogy is such that a second listen is very worthwhile. The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Morris
    London, UK
    5/14/14
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    "Great Storytelling"
    Where does Redemption Ark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just finished "Redemption Ark" and I have to say that this was a far better<br/>story and better crafted than the previous book in the series, Revelation<br/>Space. I was glad I hadn't judged the author based on "Revelation Space"<br/>which was the first Reynolds book I had read because if I had then I<br/>would've missed out on this far better sequel.<br/><br/>I found the story telling in this book far easier to follow than Revelation<br/>Space and I was never left confused like the firs book in the series. The<br/>whole thing is better strung together and was a real page turner for me.<br/>Reynolds also spared the reader from much of the long reams of rather<br/>unnecessary dialogue as I found the case to be in the first book of this<br/>series.<br/><br/>Redemption Ark is the middle act of the trilogy and does a sterling job of<br/>adding real substance to the plot. Certain threads were explained that I<br/>felt satisfying and the new characters introduced in this part are more<br/>interesting than the rather dull ones from Revelation Space. Even those<br/>characters that are present from the first book appear to have become more<br/>interesting.<br/><br/>Reynolds does an excellent job of dealing with some of the key scenes in the<br/>book. However, as other reviewers have mentioned, Reynolds robs the reader<br/>of the expected battle between the Inhibitors and the opposing human forces<br/>and after building us up to the brink of the conflict lets us down and<br/>cheats the reader by conveniently skipping the climactic end game which,<br/>quite frankly is a big disappointment. You can forgive movie makers for<br/>resorting to this old cop-out due to budgetary constraints, but not an<br/>author.<br/><br/>I thought John Lee's narration competent and thankfully we only get one<br/>French accent in this instalment which is better than the several present<br/>for large swathes of the previous book in this series. However, I also noted<br/>how the<br/>pauses that are often depicted in written form by a large vertical gap or<br/>series of spaced asterisks were not really present during the narration<br/>which made for momentary confusion as the story switched threads. Some might<br/>argue it was the fault of the<br/>narrator, but ultimate control must be down to the production team. Even if<br/>the narrator left no appreciable gap where one was needed the production<br/>processes could've have inserted one, so no excuses in my view.<br/><br/>Oh, and one other minor inconsistency I believe I noticed. For most of the<br/>book the Clavain character was Neville Clavain. However, in a couple of<br/>parts I'm sure he became Neil Clavain? Unless, of course, Neil is a<br/>generally accepted shorthand for Neville that I am not aware of.<br/><br/>Also, in one part of the book describing the construction of an Inhibitor<br/>weapon, it was stated that the growth rate was 280 kilometres per second.<br/>Later, it was 280 metres per second. This could well - as per the last<br/>observation be a mistake by the author and not the narrator - but I've not<br/>got the written form of this book, so cannot tell.<br/><br/>Still, I enjoyed Redemption Ark and would recommend it.<br/>


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

    Rashmika & Scorpio


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

    If I could, Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    10/13/11
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    "Fabulous, addictive"

    I rushed straight into this from Revelation Space, let's face it, you either love or loathe this style of science fiction, me, I'm an addict, wonderful story-line , beautifully plotted, I'm an Alastair Reynolds customer !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Momo
    Salford, United Kingdom
    6/20/11
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    "Brilliant Book, Excellent Narration!"

    Having read the book and now listened to it (twice), I am getting more out of it each time. The narration brings the characters to life. It is a long book and needs to be 'worked at' to get the most enjoyment. If you didn't enjoy it the first time, listen again and it will all make enjoyable sense!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AndyMackenzie
    4/12/10
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    "redemption arc"

    very good follow on from rev space however end seemed a little rushed and a bit weak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S A Corbishley
    9/28/09
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    "Not as good as the first volume"

    Again the scope draws you in until the tedious detail and repetition start to make themselves felt.

    Some very nice ideas and scenes, just far far longer than they needed to be.

    The ending is almost easy to miss, the concluding action is not actually seen, just described in passing some time after the events in question, highly unsatisfactory and once again quite at odds with the rest of the book.

    Many intricately detailed plotline and characters are just thrown aside at times or seem to go awol, unfortunately feels like there was no real of idea where the writer wanted the story to go until he ran out of pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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