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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • JK
  • St Augustine, FL, United States
  • 04-16-13

Smokin' on the Star Ship

Would you listen to Redemption Ark again? Why?

Continuing the saga started in previous books. Everything ties together.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Redemption Ark?

Still like space operas. Book didn't disappoint

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

Very heavily accented.

Any additional comments?

Should have main characters smoking!

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Great Science Fiction

I read Revelation Space in print, and really enjoyed it, so I started the rest of the series in audio. It's awesome science fiction, akin to Ian M Banks' books, such as 'surface detail'.

The narrator has grown on me during the series. He's doing a fine job.

I'm certainly going to finish the series.

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Solid story and excellent narration

Redemption Ark is played out in the same universe of Revelation Space but you don't need to read the Revelation Space first. It is another classic book from Alastair Raynolds that will keep you entertained right through to the end. This is a story of humanity in the near feature and reasons why alines and other species are hard to find. Very plausible and engaging with excellent ending.

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Great followup to Revelation Space

The new characters, Neville Clavain, Scade, Scorpio, and the Inhibitors make for a good story.

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  • Alan
  • snohomish, WA, USA
  • 05-22-10

Reborn to Sci Fi with this series

I picked up Absolution Gap on a whim. It was great. Then I felt I wanted to read more of this masterful writer's work. I found out that I had read the third of the series out of order. I then did the other two with just having finished Redemption Ark. No disappointment in any of the series. I just wish that I had read them in order. I disagree with one of the comments above about the characters being one dimensional. I feel that there is depth of character and character development. I start to actually like the good guys and feel as though I would like them as friends. That doesn't happen often. It's also skillful to write this many pages without having to resort to gratuitous sex. But I bet he could do a knock up job. Though the narrator does not give any pause between different scenes for time or place his reading is well driven and holds your attention well. He could use some more intonation, but overall he's a powerful reader.
The author paints fascinating pictures with wonderful literary skill. He phrases words with fantastically awesome imagery and concept. I think it's him that I'm stuck on more Sci Fi, but I have been a fan of sci-fi before. I just hope that there's a 4th book in the works,

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Dissapointing, a missed opportunity :-((

I was looking forward to enjoying this book, I listened to a sample and concluded that the narrator had a nice clear voice, and the blurb seemed interesting.
Sadly I've given up on it.
This narrator reads the words totally deadpan, his punctuation is virtually non-existent, he moves from one storyline (or viewpoint) with barely a pause for breath, so one is constantly lurching from one storyline thread to another, having lost the plot, and this is a fairly complex book.
What i'm talking about here is the audiobook equivelant of a book printer using different fonts, italics, bold typeface etc to differentiate between storylines etc, as an aid to clarity and comprehension.
Some narrators go to the other extreme, trying to give every character his or her (or it's) own voice, and this can be irritating too, (check out Larry Niven's "Protector" for an example of what I mean), whereas for an example of best practice, check out WWW.Wake, by Robert J Sawyer, a model of clarity.
This is a missed opportunity because I guess that this book is unlikely to be re-recorded in a more sympathetic reading, so I'll never get to hear it or the rest of the series, (or indeed anything else by this narrator).


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  • Larry
  • londonderry, NH, USA
  • 11-12-09

great book

Great book.. good read long and kept my interest..

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  • Kevin
  • irvine, CA, USA
  • 08-20-09

Decent book if not wholly original

Just finished this one. Nice long book. Wasn't quite as epic as advertised but entertaining all the same. An awful lot of familiar elements to regular scifi devourers.

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  • james
  • newport news, va, United States
  • 12-21-15

a middle book of filler

If you could sum up Redemption Ark in three words, what would they be?

Slow being to end -

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

Am I wake or....

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

No snoring please

Any additional comments?

Jon Lee needed to add some acting

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  • JOHN
  • FALLBROOK, CA, United States
  • 02-10-12


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