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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • 10-07-16

Good book, solid science fiction.

Story was great, science was solid, narrator could use some work. Narration switched between yelling and whispering.

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Amazing Space Opera

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is a fun, complex, thought-provoking novel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ilia Volyova. Her perfectly-timed sarcastic comments often made me snicker out loud. And the close friendship she develops with Khouri throughout the story is my favorite.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

His voice is amazing, deep and thoughtful, and lends weight to the story.

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

I laughed, I cried, I sat on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen. I was hooked after the first couple of paragraphs and found myself listening to it whenever I got a chance.

Any additional comments?

Revelation Space is an excellent opening to a sprawling space opera. The world and the characters are complex and often thrilling. I've listened to two other books in the series besides this one, and man, it just keeps getting better. The science is relatively sound and well-explained without being boring, and the fiction is amazing. I enjoyed every moment of this novel.

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great book, very little pause between characters

excellent storyline and a great narrator, somewhat tough to differentiate between characters of separate storyline as the is very little pause between each. but still a fantastic story!

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Worth the wait

it took a while for it to really catch my attention but definitely worth the wait! Lots of science and lots of world building.

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Audio editing poor, but great story and narration

Several other reviews mention the difficulty in following this book, as the audio editors put no break between different sections within the chapters. While this makes it difficult to follow at times, it is possible to enjoy the wonderful story and excellent voice acting

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Drags on forever

The plot becomes distracted by the author's obsession with dialogue. There's just so much talking between too few characters. Worse, despite all the talking I found it hard to really relate to the characters. blahhhhhh

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Very Difficult to follow. Hard to listen too

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I could not follow book, as I got frustrated with the changes of characters and locations without any indication they had changed. Lack of indications of chapter changes pared with insufficient differences in voices between characters.

What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I believe this would be more enjoyable reading then listening too. I would at least know when locations or chapters ended/started.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Vocals acrross characters are too similar. There are no pauses between chapters they quickly flow into each other leading to confusion.

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

Probably not

Any additional comments?

This is second book from the narrator that I have not enjoyed. I will have to look at the print version.

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One of the worst I have listened to.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narrator had differentiated the voices of different characters.
If the narrator had paused between the end of a section or chapter and the beginning of the next. Because he did not do this, each new section was confusing because the new dialogue did not fit in with the previous sentences.

Would you recommend Revelation Space to your friends? Why or why not?

Never. Besides the narration, there were many concepts in the book referring to prior history that the reader was not yet informed about. While this usually adds a desire complexity to a book, there was just too much of this and from too many story lines too keep it all straight. The same is true for how the story shifted through time too much without a proper anchor point to measure it from.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

I do not know.

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

I do not know. I only listened to about a third of it before I could not take it any longer. If I were editor, I would have greatly differentiated the voices, and I would have added a sentence setting the scene for each shift in story line, until I got used to each setting to not need it.

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horrible audio volume control

narrator has a nice sounding voice with good changes in accents for characters but his ability to maintain a stable volume is atrocious. his volume peaks by the 3rd word in every sentance and then drops to a whisper then mumbling by the final few words. followed by the near yell for the beginning of the next sentence. im getting a refund on this one.

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Performance suffers

You probably investigated the Relevation Space universe by now and this I will forgo an explanation of the plot other than to say it can be prodding and beautiful. But the narration is horrible. There is no coice characterization which makes listening very difficult when (1) the names are not common, (2) there is little identification of the speaker in conversation making it difficult at times to know who said what, and (3) there is NO signposting of when the story arch changes and thus you confuse two of the three stories. I can't help but think the book would have been better with a better narration.

I read this book first since it was the first in the trilogy. But there are several prequels I will try first since it seems the best reviewed is Chasm City.