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Revelation Space Audiobook

Revelation Space

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Publisher's Summary

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself.

With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason. And if that reason is uncovered, the universe - and reality itself - could be irrevocably altered.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"One of the best books of the year." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
"Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic - it may really be like this Out There." (Stephen Baxter, co-author of The Light of Other Days)

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    Steve Owings Mills, MD 02-27-16
    Steve Owings Mills, MD 02-27-16 Member Since 2015

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    "nice sci fi story"

    It starts out slow but once it gets moving its pretty enjoyable. Also the small number of characters make the story easy to follow.

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    J. woodstock, GA, United States 02-22-16
    J. woodstock, GA, United States 02-22-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Veererrrry Tough To Enjoy"

    I like a good sci- fi story just as well as anyone. This one was a tough read. Story transitions were run-on so you have trouble figuring out which characters , which timeframe, etc. Half the book is confusion, the last half, less so. Fair conclusion, but not rewarding at all

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    Thomas Mucha Plainville, CT 02-12-16
    Thomas Mucha Plainville, CT 02-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    This was my fourth book from Alastair Reynolds, and I just couldn't finish it. Like another review, I do most of my listening in the car and it's impossible to keep track of everything. No scene breaks - arrrgggh!

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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-08-16
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I lost interest."

    I'm halfway thru the book. There are numerous story strands reaching out, but I've lost interest. The story is long winded and overly complicated. I may try again one day when I can give it my undivided attention, but I usually listen to these audio books in the background at work, and this story is just not doing it for me.

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    Eli P Seattle, wa 01-08-16
    Eli P Seattle, wa 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good book, cant handle the narrator"

    These accents are brutal. They are cartoonish and worse, inconsistent. I spent too much time hating the accents rather than loving the book. I also can't understand the narrator's cadence. He begins each sentence at full volume at a high speed, then reads slower at a lower volume at the end. These seem like not picks, but after 22 hours you may regret this purchase.

    Great book,but better read than heard by this narrator.

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    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 12-14-15
    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 12-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "TLDF - First audio book I've ever abandoned."

    I've read many challenging books via audible in the past, but I had to throw in the towel this time. I started listening to it and a couple of hours later realized I didn't have a clue what i was listening to or why. I started over from the beginning, but it simply didn't hold my attention. The narrator has a great voice, but he also narrated a book that was one of my least favourite reads, and I think that may be biasing me against enjoying this one.

    After several years as a an avid Audible listener, this is the only book I've ever abandoned.

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    Avi R. 10-07-15
    Avi R. 10-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Science more interesting than the story"

    The science is more interesting than the story. Riddled with cliches. Mr. Reynolds should condense his novels into futurism pamphlets that predict technology six centuries from now. That make a more interesting read.

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    Judy 09-17-15
    Judy 09-17-15
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    "Better in hard copy"

    I bought this after reading another of Reynold's books in hard copy and really enjoying it, but I am about to return Revelation Space unfinished for several reasons.

    The first is that I am finding that the world in which it takes place (the universe in the 2600s) is too dystopian for my liking when I have to 'experience' it at spoken speed. I don't think it's any worse than the world in the other Reynold's book I read, but when reading myself, I can move through the more dystopian bits much more quickly, so they are less disturbing and uncomfortable and the narrative is compelling enough for me to want to find out what happens. When listening, I am forced to dwell on the uncomforable bits for too long.

    The second is that I don't like John Lee's narration. His voice is pleasant and his characterisation is good, but I listen to books while driving long distances in the country and through headphones when out walking and the variation in volume in Lee's narration means I am unable to find a playback volume that allows me to hear the soft bits well enough to understand them without finding the loud bits uncomfortably loud. In addition, this is a book that has several different sub-plots running at once with (so far) no obvious connection between them. There is absolutely no gap between the end of one 'scene' and the beginning of the next, which I find disorienting.

    I certainly plan to read more of Reynold's work, but not in audiobook form.

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    Nicole M Felice 09-14-15
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    What would have made Revelation Space better?

    It would switch between characters so abrupt and quickly I would get confused before I understood the characters or setting had changed. I felt like I kept missing something important, so I went back and listened to the same chapters over and over. I had a hard time getting the characters straight, and was constantly mixing them up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Revelation Space?

    The story was actually pretty interesting. When I could follow it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    I'd prefer not to. Most of the accents sounded very similar, or at times, a character would have the wrong accent. Plus, he had a very generic, soothing voice, it became background noise to me, and would be half a chapter through before I realized I had ignored everything he said. Also, there was no pause or change of accent/voice between scenes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Revelation Space?

    Not sure I would cut, but I would change things around a bit to make it easier to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is actually pretty good. But because of all the other issues I had to go back and listen to previous chapters so many times it became a chore. I could barely slog through the half I did.

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    Frank Simorjay Seattle 09-10-15
    Frank Simorjay Seattle 09-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Space story beyond boundry"

    Stories like Revelation space suffers in a common thread. They make the onset already so unbelievable that by the end they need to introduce the god mode. Without spoiling anything I'd consider this book and interesting listen only because it has a cool flow. But it lost me with sun Steeler idea. This just seemed like a miss in the story.

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