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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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    Robert L. Penrose Philadelphia 03-31-16
    Robert L. Penrose Philadelphia 03-31-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Smart Sci Fi"

    This edition brings the Revelation Space story further. If you want haunting space craft in the desolate emptiness between stars this is for you.

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    Brandon Hayter 07-17-15
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    "Great next book"

    Chasm city really added to this. I'm excited for the next one. This is an amazing series

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 06-10-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Redemption Ark to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This is a long book, and is essentially the middle book of a lengthy trilogy. John Lee and Audible have done a fantastic job in delivering this modern, classic space opera. This is not a book to be rushed through, or one when completed will have a life changing meaning. It is a book to be enjoyed and savored. I think you will enjoy the characters and become comfortable with spending time with them in this long narrative.


    What other book might you compare Redemption Ark to and why?

    Probably Revelation Space, but I thought this was a stronger story. The universe becomes more fleshed out and we begin to understand the interaction of the different races and motives of those races.


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

    Neville. I thought he did a great job here. But make no mistake there are strong male and female characters in this book, and they are not done stereotypically. Each character has some flaws, as well as strengths. I think this is what makes Reynolds such a good author. No doubt he can talk science and astro-physics in particular, but he can also characterize individuals in a believable manner. As always John Lee is just great, he is becoming one of my favorite narrators. Well done sir.


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

    No, but I found myself listening to the story often, which is a testament to how well it captured my imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    Reynolds is at the top of my list of modern space opera. I put him ahead of Hamilton and on par with Simmons. If you enjoy those authors I thin you will love this series, but you have to hang in there a little bit. Reynolds rich descriptions may turn some people off, because he may seem like he is not getting to the point. But he is drawing you into a fully developed universe adn if you suspend your disbelief you will be intrigued and entertained fully.

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    ERNET1 04-14-15
    ERNET1 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Truth is out there. "

    I read the book a while ago . Great book back then. even better book having somebody read it to you.

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    James Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 03-27-15
    James Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Try To Suspend Disbelief"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they enjoy science fiction.


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

    Lukewarm.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's got a strong, pleasant voice that can vary according to character. But every time I hear "disorientated" instead of "disoriented" it makes my skin crawl.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really had to work to suspend my disbelief with this book, and it had nothing to do with the science fiction. A seasoned soldier with centuries of experience decides to forego saving ALL SENTIENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE in order to possibly save one possible relative? You don't have to be god to see that this might not be the appropriate decision. Soured the whole book for me.

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    Riccardo Manzotti 06-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Imaginative, cosmic, surprising, enthralling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sci-fi at its best. An enthralling plot. The characters are complex and interact in complex patterns against a convincing yet not invasive cosmic background where the key questions about the meaning of life are continuously present.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nevil Clavain and his internal moral struggle


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The channeling of a star through a cosmic funnel to incinerate a whole planet


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

    yes


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    JK St Augustine, FL, United States 04-16-13
    JK St Augustine, FL, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    Don Wood 04-29-12
    Don Wood 04-29-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    Hugh 03-23-12
    Hugh 03-23-12

    OmegaVoyage

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