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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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One of the best epic space trilogies ever

Everything Alastair Reynolds has written is good, but this trilogy is essential. Such memorable characters, ships, and settings. Try Peter F Hamilton or Stephen R Donaldson (Gap series) if you like this one.

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Uneventful story and dull characters

I wanted to like this story, which is why I kept waiting for some intriguing plot twist that made wading through the scientific jargon worthwhile. Unfortunately, I had to give up 80% of the way through. The flat main characters had no interesting traits, flaws or quirks; I could not care less what happened to any of them. The non-linear timeline made the tedious plot even harder to follow. There science fiction itself was disappointing in its unoriginality, having obviously cumulated ideas from most other novels in its genre.

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The Kindle Version will be much better

What did you like best about Revelation Space? What did you like least?

The Story, Plot, and Character development, are first rate. Unfortunately, John Lee ranks among the most tedious, and least expressive narrators I've ever listened to, in over 2,000 audible books. By the end of every sentence, he runs out of breath , and his volume falls to the point that you have to strain to understand him.

How could the performance have been better?

Almost any narrator would vastly improve the performance.

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

Probably

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this audio book. I do most of my "reading", in my car. When the narration is this bad, I have to put the book away.

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Excellent

This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I highly recommend this author and narrator.

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Good read

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

yes, It is a good sci-fi book.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot builds up as the book proceeds.

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

Ilya, the weapons expert.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

Slow start for the first 1/3 to half of the book, then it started picking up.

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Good listen.

Although it was a little disorienting at first, once I understood the names of people and places and wide range of technology in use (technology seemed to range from fairly contemporary to several milinia or more advanced) I really loved the book. I guess it had a slight learning curve with a rewarding end. It also glimpsed some fantastic creatures and stories I would like to explore further.

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Complex, but still fun.

While the plot becomes ludicrously complicated, this novel had brilliant world construction, some excellent characters (Volyova and Khouri are the most fun, while Sylveste is perhaps the most complex) and enough fun and excitement to keep me interested.

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Wondeful

This book was a wonderful listen. I had read half the physical book before then lost it so it was nice to listen to it start to finish and actually finish it. The only thing that sometimes threw me off was the complete lack of break or notice that we were changing point of views between characters mid chapter. There were several instances that the narrator would finish a breath and the very next breath he'd be on a different character. Otherwise loved it.

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intricate and well done

this is one of the most complicated well thought-out intricate plots. I would suggest this book.

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Takes looong time to get into but totally worth it

The universe has astonishing depth, the story twists very satisfyingly and there are great characters. The narrator does an awesome job, this is really the best audio book I have listened to yet.

But make no mistake, is tough as nails to get into. You're thrown right into the story, with 3 or more story lines in different places and timeline and the narrator doesn't even as much as take a breath between switching perspectives in the beginning. Nothing is explained in the beginning, you're left alone with strings of words that make no sense to you at that point.

But it is so gratifying when it all comes together.

10/10, can't wait for the next part.