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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)

What Members Say

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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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    Benjamin 09-10-15
    Benjamin 09-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "needs more voice actors"

    Very tough to finish! the story is good but the single monotone narrator for the entire book made it easy to get distracted.

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    Alex 09-07-15
    Alex 09-07-15

    I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...

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    "Hard Sci-Fi Space Opera w/ terrible audio editing"

    The author exercises a strong imagination in creating an interesting universe within which a hard sci-fi space opera unfolds. While it took a while to become fully immersed in the story, I found it ultimately worthwhile.

    Unfortunately the audio edition of this book is not well edited. As noted by other reviewers, there are scene changes with no audio queues to accompany them. These are manageable but certainly detract from the listening experience. In general they can be identified by which characters are present, but occasionally a scene change occurs without even initial narrative queues to recognise it by. In these situations I found I had to mentally replay the last 20 seconds and re-process them in a new context. This was quite aggravating, as it meant I couldn't just relax and enjoy the story.

    I will listen to the next book in the series.

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    J. Baars Netherlands 09-01-15
    J. Baars Netherlands 09-01-15 Member Since 2009

    Jose Baars

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    "Hm."
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    No. I think once is enough.


    What was most disappointing about Alastair Reynolds’s story?

    In an audio book, a cornucopia of characters works less well than in a written book, especially if these characters bear exotic names. Maybe it's premature dementia, but whatever the reason, for me it doesn't work.


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

    I don't know. John Lee has an annoying habit of starting a sentence loud and then quickly decreasing his volume to an almost mumble. This can work in a completely silent environment but in a noisy environment, like a car or a train, this has the effect of only hearing the first words of a sentence, and guessing the rest. Alternative is to play it so loud it hurts your ears.


    What character would you cut from Revelation Space?

    None in particular.


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    aza 08-19-15
    aza 08-19-15
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    "😲 WOW!"

    Somewhat of a confusing start, but don't let that deter you, keep on listening and you'll get it and you won't want to stop!

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    Ed 07-26-15
    Ed 07-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Awful narration"
    What would have made Revelation Space better?

    Better narration


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every sentence started off at good volume, but the narrator swallowed the end of each sentence so that it was hard to understand. Consequently, I had to turn the volume way up so that I could hear the end of each sentence, but that meant the beginning of each sentence was extremely loud. I enjoyed the book but the narration was extremely annoying to say the least!


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    CJinMD 07-19-15
    CJinMD 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "even John Lee's narration couldn't keep me awake"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some sort of excitement in the storyline. It drones on fact after detailed fact after fact...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

    I may try but I mainly purchased this for John Lee's narration voice but without a good write behind it, it wasn't worth it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was the only thing that kept me from returning this title immediately.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Even a good narrator can fall for poorly written books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Canada 06-29-15
    Paul Canada 06-29-15
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    "good story, terrible recording"

    interesting story if a bit long winded.

    The recording is terrible though. Quiet and muddled voice with no gap when switching scenes.

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    Copper Minehart 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a bad read. Not my favorite"

    Not bad, the hard sci was good but a little too sophisticated for me.

    It seemed to fall a little flat in the later chapters.

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