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Description

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

Critiques

"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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Un Néo-classique !

Un vrai plaisir de redécouvrir dans ce format le premier volet de ce space-opéra vraiment singulier de part ces ambiances un peu "trash" et ce côté anticipation à la Azimov... Un vrai classique conté magistralement même si aucun interlude musical, aucune ponctuation sonore ni même un bruitage ne viennent illustrer le récit.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • cmthomas
  • 03/02/2010

Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

Revelation Space has three main characters one of Russian decent, one of French and one Indian, with many Japanese characters figuring prominently, and the narrator portrays each one with the appropriate accent. The perspective of the novel shifts between these characters liberally within each chapter. Further, future tech flies fast and furious with explanations dispersed (sometimes) over several chapters. Taken together these factors make for a challenging read, but the fast-paced intricate and mind-bending ride is incredibly rewarding. The Revelation Space universe is proof that Reynolds' space operas are equal to the likes of M. John Harrison's or Iain M. Banks'.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Eoin
  • 15/07/2012

Defeated

This book defeated me, I am ashamed to say. I do most of my audio listening whilst driving, but this requires you too pay too much attention, and thus, while driving you lose important plot points, for two reasons:

1) There is a lot of tech within the book, and diluted time due to near-light speed travel on ships, and there is a lot of scene-shifting within chapters, which leads me to...

2) Other reviewers have alluded to it already, but it was a bad move not to have some sort of pause or audio-cue when scene-shifting between chapters. What happens is that John Lee (whose other stuff is ok, in my opinion), moves between scenes without taking a breath and you completely lose where you are whilst driving.

Shame I have to give it up, it's supposed to be a classic series. But them's the breaks.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Gillette
  • 27/02/2010

Frustrations with narrator and editing

The book so far is very good. However, the combination of the narrating and one particular editing decision has turned me off of the audio version. So far I have only been unable to finish one audiobook I've purchased from Audible.com (out of about 150) and I may now have to change that number to two.

The Narrator: John Lee has never been my favorite, but I've had him read four other books in my collection, and he did fine. On this one, the voices for the characters are goofy even more often than in the narration of Peter F Hamilton's "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained". In many scenes, there's just not enough vocal differentiation between characters to follow the scene clearly.

The biggest problem: Some "genius" editor decided that there would be NO pause, NONE at all, when the book changes scenes. Since there are multiple plot threads and not quite enough vocal variety between some characters, and the scene changes rather frequently, this editing decision is really disruptive to the listening experience. I was so confused about which characters were where and doing what that I had to start over after getting about five hours in, and it was only the second time through that I began to recognize that there were even scene changes!! There's less of a pause between scene changes than pauses between the end of one sentence and the beginning of another. Nerd that I am I timed it! If the aforementioned genius editor hadn't decided to cut 5 minutes from the total length of the book in this manner, I might have bought the other four books from Audible. No chance now, unless some reviewer of the other books can tell me whether there are pauses at scene changes.



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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mauricio
  • 19/08/2010

A challenge that's worth the investment

A great read. As another reviewer said, this is very much in the style of Peter F. Hamilton's books. Epic and complex. I started getting frustrated at the beginning since things don't seem to make sense, but if you stick with it then everything falls into place.
I wish a knew what some of the tougher scientific concepts mean because there's some stuff here that is beyond my understanding but in a way that made it even more interesting.

I love John Lee's narration and characterization in the book, although I do agree that the cuts between scenes are so short that you get confused when things end and start. Other than that I look forward to the next book which I'm downloading as I write this.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lowroad
  • 14/03/2009

Mixed review

This book is about one person's quest to find what disaster befell an ancient civilization and how it is relevant to the human race. The story describes this future world quite well, with some imaginative technologies and situations. It all seems very possible that such a future could come about - some of it at least. The reader, as usual, is very good.

The problem I had with this book is that there is not a clear protagonist. The main character is not such a likeable guy and you don't get to know him well enough to understand his motivations for this life long search, hence it seems a little contrived. The other characters are ambiguous as well. It is not that I want all the characters to be one dimensionally good or bad, but you do want to identify yourself with them and that did not happen for me.

Then a lot of the explanations of why/what happened are given near the end of the book. One person or another just fills in the blanks by recounting some of the salient facts. This never works well in a book of fiction. It is much more interesting to let a character experience something, instead of a documentary style of offering up just facts. I found myself scrambling to put it all together; too many facts all at once (of course an audio book does not help here, since it is hard to re-read a sentence or passage).

The end was a little disappointing too.

All in all though, it is still a story worth listening too; but it could have been made a lot better with some good editing and sharper characterizations.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jefferson
  • 13/12/2012

Sometimes Corny, Often Awesome, Modern Space Opera

In the year 2551 as Revelation Space (2000) begins, Dan Sylveste, the 215-year-old, famous science family scion, colony leader, and archeologist, is pushing his team to excavate an obelisk made by the extinct Amarantin, despite the approach of a terrible "razorstorm," because he wants to learn why "the Event" (apparently a stellar flare) suddenly ended the alien civilization some 900,000 years earlier on the planet Resurgam. Meanwhile (in 2543), the small "Ultranaut" crew of Nostalgia for Infinity, a city-sized, ancient and decaying "lighthugger" starship, including Ilia Volyova, the only crew member currently awake, is on its way to Sylveste to make him cure their captain of the Melding Plague (which merges human cells and machine nanotechnology into cancerous hybrid shapes). Meanwhile again (in 2524), Ana Khouri is a successful assassin hired by the idol rich of Chasm City on planet Yellowstone to relieve them from ennui, when the mysterious Mademoiselle has her infiltrate the crew of Nostalgia for Infinity as their new Gunnery Officer to communicate with the starship's apocalyptic weapons) so that she may hitch a ride to Resurgam and assassinate Sylveste.

Reynolds interweaves the three story lines as he brings Sylveste, Volyova, and Khouri ever closer together in time and space. The three point of view characters might at first seem to be unsympathetic: an arrogant and obsessive scientist, a shanghaiing and loner starship weapons expert, and a coolly efficient assassin. Yet Reynolds forces us to care for them in their various difficult situations by gradually revealing the humanity lurking inside them.

With its varied humans (conjoiners, ultranauts, chimerics, hermetics, etc.) modified in various ways (longevity techniques, prosthetics, implants, neural transformations, software simulations, etc.) and its enigmatic aliens (Shrouders, Jugglers, Inhibitors, etc.), Revelation Space pushes the boundaries of the human (physically, culturally, mentally), revels in the sublime wonders of the universe (space, time, stars), and unfolds an exciting story.

Reynolds' imagination is impressive: he conjures up numerous scientific developments, technological devices, alien species, galactic histories, and cultural extrapolations, ranging from the cool to the sublime. And he's good at evoking creepy and fascinating phenomena, like the malevolent Sun Stealer, the vast starship Nostalgia for Infinity, the fate of the alien Amarantin, and the "world" Cerberus orbiting a "neutron star."

John Lee does his usual efficient job reading the novel. Although his handling of Reynolds' dialogue may rub some listeners the wrong way (like his snide intonations in French, Russian, or Japanese accents), I mostly enjoyed his style and base narration and feeling for the story and characters, and was horripilated by his channeling of the creepy Sun stealer.

There are occasional corny lines in the novel like this exchange: Khouri: "I'm not sure I like this." Volyova: "Join the club." And sometimes I suspect that Reynolds could have told his story with less dialogue. And I'm still trying to decide whether the climax and resolution of the novel are satisfyingly transcendent or disappointingly explanatory. And I think his House of Suns is a better book. But there are plenty of neat descriptions in this book, like, "Volyova was silent until they reached the human nebula that was the Captain. Glittering and uncomfortably muscoid, he less resembled a human being than an angel which had dropped from the sky onto a hard, splattering surface." And plenty of memorably sublime or horrible scenes that make Revelation Space worth listening to for fans of the dark and sublime space opera of the likes of Iain Banks.

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  • Global
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  • Tango
  • 08/10/2013

A worthwhile slog through fog

I have two pieces of advice for anyone considering this audio book:

1. Don't start Alistair Reynolds with Revelation Space. My first Reynolds was House of Suns and I think that's a great one to start with although I haven't yet read all of his work. If I had started with Revelation Space, I don't think I would have finished this book much less read any of his other work and THAT would be a shame.
2. Find a good plot summary before you start listening to this book. This is one that would be tough to follow in print and even tougher on audio. A good plot summary helps tremendously. I would write one, but fortunately, Jefferson has included a good one in his review so I'd point you there. (Thanks, Jefferson.) There are some others on the internet if you are looking for more.

Revelation Space was my third Alistair Reynolds novel and it was challenging! However, having read Pushing Ice and House of Suns, I knew I wanted to read most if not all of Reynolds work because I really like his writing. And, Revelation Space is the introduction to Reynolds "signature" universe so I knew I needed the introduction even if it was hard.

Listening to this book felt a lot like trying to put together a 10,000 piece jigsaw with no picture or border pieces to work with. The first two thirds of the book are totally DENSE with descriptions and concepts and it doesn't seem to quite fit together. The pieces of the plot I could understand were intriguing, but it felt like much of it was just going past me. And, it doesn't help that these are not the best Reynolds characters. All the characters are interesting in a way that unusual things are interesting, but not sympathetic because you can't quite understand their motivations or their goals. They aren't really good or evil - most of them just seem rather duplicitous (lots of hidden agendas here) and amoral so there is really no one to root for/against through most of the book. I will admit that by the end, I was really rooting for Volyova; she is clever, thinks on her feet, and by her standards she's loyal. One of the things I've come to appreciate about Reynolds is that he writes some very good female characters. Although John Lee provides distinct character voices with the narration, it is not as much help as it might be because he uses so many thick accents that it is actually hard to understand some of the dialog.

If you feel like you are wading through a swamp in dense fog through much of this book, you wouldn't be alone, but it is worth the effort to stick with it. In the final third of the book, it's like Reynolds finally steps in and takes control; he hands you the border pieces and gives you the completed picture to work from and suddenly all the pretty, but meaningless pieces start to snap together in this amazing puzzle and it's quite a stunning picture. You really don't understand much of the plot or the characters or the universe until the final third of the book, but when it culminates, it makes for a grand conclusion.

Not the best Reynolds novel, but worthwhile if you are up to the slog through the initial fog.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Laura
  • 02/04/2009

Enjoyed this book

This book exceeded my expectations. When I picked this audiobook, I was looking for a science fiction novel leaning more towards hard science fiction and less Star Trek (though I do like Star Trek). I thought it might be somewhat dry with details but it wasn't. I want more... :)

For someone looking for a science fiction novel that combines a good amount of detail scientific (lots of detail in some areas) with futuristic fantasy and suspense, this is a good audiobook to get. The audience of this book should be mature as the book is graphic and dark in some areas but nothing too extreme, would make a good R rated movie as it has lots of oportunity for great space scenes and CGI.

The author does a good job of revealing just enough details and forshadowing to keep up the suspense without being predictable, puts you on the edge of your seat. The story is very emmersive and I look forward to continuing on in the world with Revelation Ark.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 07/09/2009

Great sci fi, great narrator

If you've ever listened to any other John Lee recordings, you'll know he's one of the best narrators in the business. He does an excellent job with this book.
As to the story itself, this is good sci-fi... I am really not sure where a lot of these other reviewers are coming from, maybe they were looking for the huge space battles from Star Wars. This book is more about the mystery of discovery and the politics and dangers that go along with it. Enjoyed it very much!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 17/05/2011

Good but slow slower-than-light space opera

Alastair Reynolds is one of the leading lights writing this generation's space opera, and his perspective (European, a PhD in Astronomy) gives his stories a very contemporary feel. I like the hard SF setting, with slower-than-light starships and ancient, dead civilizations instead of living aliens, and parts of this book were quite spooky and sinister. When the crew is prowling the corridors of the huge spaceship Infinity avoiding "rats" and other creatures controlled by a hostile intelligence, it felt like one of those old sci-fi horror movies.

Revelation Space is full of great ideas, especially in the conclusion, where it turns out that the small and large intrigues of the main characters have all been leading them to a confrontation on a much larger scale than they imagined: a threat that could end the human race. I like high-stakes stories like this. So this book was basically a recipe for everything I should love in a sci-fi novel.

So why only 3 stars? Because another crucial ingredient for me (and this is very much my own preference, which is why other people may love this book) is characters who feel real and who I like at least a little. Reynolds's characters aren't as wooden as those of some other hard SF writers, and he gives them plenty of background and motivation and personality, but after describing all those things, he doesn't spend much time letting them live and breathe and reminding you why they are interesting. They just go about their business executing the plot. As soon as the book ended, I was thinking about the story and the technology, but the characters were mostly forgettable.

Unfortunately, there were also parts of the book that just plain bored me; listening to the audio, sometimes my mind drifted and I didn't catch (or care about) all the details. Also, I just did not like John Lee's narration. He gave everyone an accent, not always distinct ones, and I didn't like all the voices.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Chrissi
  • 08/09/2017

You have to like the style

Interesting settings, a bit morbid. Personalities are somewhat undeveloped. This and the fact that the narrator has a funny voice that is either loud or sounding far away at the end of the sentence made me return the book.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mark
  • 05/05/2012

Spannend, aber nichts für Ungeduldige

Eine spannende Geschichte in einem sehr interessanten Universum und realistischen Charakteren. Die Geschichte entwicklet sich langsam, also nichts für Ungeduldige. Trotzdem oder gerade deshalb wird es sehr spannend und treibt zum Weiterhören. Die Auflösung ist zwar so monumental wie zuvor angedeutet, schafft es in der Darstellung aber leider nicht so richtig mitzureißen. (Daher nur 4 Sterne.)

Der gute englische Sprecher gibt jedem Charakter eine individuelle Stimme. Aufgrund der überzeugend gesprochenen Akzente jedoch für nicht Muttersprachler zuerst gewöhnungsbedürftig.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • S.Becker
  • 25/07/2017

enttäuscht

grausam, nach 3h hören hab ich aufgegeben. keine Spannung, keine Handlung, wildes Zusammengeschreibe.... nicht mein ding

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Cliff
  • 23/10/2014

Tolle Ideen, aber der Erzählstil ...

Oh, jeh, Geschmäcker können so verschieden sein. Ich habe mir das Hörbuch auf Empfehlung gekauft. Um es gleich auf den Punkt zu bringen: Für mich hat der Autor tolle Ideen durch einen unmöglichen Erzählstil "verhunzt". Viele Ereignisse haben spannungspotential, lassen mich aber durch den total trockenen Berichtstil absolut kalt. Einige Stellen sind für mich die Verletzung von absoluten NO-GOs. Wie kann man bei einem Kampf um Leben und Tod zuerst den Ausgang verraten und dann den Hergang als als biederen Rückblick schildern? Beim Hörbuch-Format kommt auch noch das Problem hinzu, dass man nicht einfach zurückblättern kann, um sich nochmal die Jahreszahl der vorangegangen Kapitel ins Gedächtnis zu rufen. Das Einordnen der einzelnen Ereignisse ins Ganze fällt dadurch noch schwerer als es sowieso schon durch die teilweise willkürlich wirkenden Sprünge zwischen den Handlungssträngen ist.

Der Sprecher ist in meinem Augen auch nur Mittelmaß. Er versucht, einigen Personen einen Akzent zu geben, was für mich aber wie gewollt und nicht gekonnt rüberkommt. Das habe ich schon wesentlich besser gehört. Außerdem schwankt er manchmal so in der Lautstärke, dass z.B. abfallende Satzenden leicht in Umgebungsgeräuschen untergehen.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Louis Cyphre
  • 08/05/2018

Could not follow the storyline due to the reader

I find the reader quite terrible. Each sentence he starts really loud and close to the mic and ends with him seemingly turning away from the mic and getting really quiet.. Also he sometime speeds up like a rapper going double time and slows down again - all in the same sentence.
As for the story: I'm giving up a good 2 hours into the book - can't remember a single thing that happened due to the bad reader.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark K.
  • 07/04/2018

Sprecher mit Akzent

Der Akzent des Sprechers hilft nicht, die Namen und Bezeichnungen in der Geschichte zu verstehen. Das sage ich als jemand, der nun viele Stunden Hörbücher in Englisch gehört hat. Kauft das hier besser zum selbst Lesen.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rainer Boegle
  • 20/12/2017

Mystery in deep space and time

what agreat storyline.
digging the remains of an alien species is the history of the future. ;)

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stilkur
  • 30/01/2015

Hörschmerzen.

Für wen - wenn nicht gerade für Sie - ist dieses Hörbuch besser geeignet?

Immer öfter "lese" ich englischsprachige Hörbücher in ihrer Originalfassung.
Ein "easy English"-Hörbuch ist mir dabei noch nicht untergekommen. Ob J.R.R. Tolkien, Rutherford oder andere Autoren und Geschichten - stets sind dabei mindestens passable Englischkenntnisse vonnöten, um den Geschichten folgen zu können.
Mit dem vorliegenden Hörbuch hatte ich aber derart massive Hörprobleme, dass ich das Buch wieder gelöscht habe, ohne auch nur ein Viertel davon verdaut zu haben.
Der Grund dafür ist der Sprecher, dessen Akzent irgendwo zwischendem Britischen Englisch und dem schottischen Akzent angesiedelt ist, der manchmal auch ins Amerikanische überschlägt.
Deshalb war ist es oft eine Qual, sich da einzuhören - sobald aber der Sprecher versuchte, einen französischen Akzent zu imitieren, artete das ganze in Hörschmerzen aus.
Die Story ist sicherlich sehr intelligent aufgebaut und ist garantiert ein SciFi-Leckerbissen, doch ist das Hörbuch m.E. nur für jene Hörer geeignet, die mehr dem britischen als dem US-amerikanischen Englisch zugeneigt sind.

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