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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,795 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781400179596
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Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber. Somewhere on this alternate planet is a device capable of destroying both worlds at either end of the wormhole. And Verity must find the device, and the man who plans to activate it, before it's too late-for the past and the future of two worlds. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Century Rain fuses time travel, hard SF, alternate history, interstellar adventure, and noir romance to create a novel of blistering powers and style. SFRevu
  • “Reynolds beautifully details this alternate-universe Paris and handles the developing mystery with aplomb.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reynolds blends noirish sleuthing and hard sf remarkably well.”

    Booklist

  • Century Rain fuses time travel, hard SF, alternate history, interstellar adventure, and noir romance to create a novel of blistering powers and style.”

    SFRevu

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baltakatei | 1/23/2014

    " This is another one of those multi-threaded-narrative stories that rewards the reader for noting small details and events in seemingly disconnected storylines. Without giving away spoilers, this book contains a normal storyline similar to Alstair Reynolds' other hard sci-fi space operas. However, he manages to connect it to the very mundane and dull life of an unemployed Frenchman living in early 20th century Paris. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with Paris simply because Mr. Reynolds loves to mention street names and locations. I haven't been to Paris and I would love to know what these places are like in real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orijinalchris | 1/22/2014

    " yeah, great, second time I've read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Harry | 1/9/2014

    " A very good stand alone book. It starts with two threads in completly different worlds, two principle characters but doesn't waste time in bringing them together and progressing the story. It always keeps you on edge. I'm usually turned off by post apocalyptic future earth stuff but this had a unique enough slant to be worthwhile. Nice characters, nice alternate history and good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/6/2014

    " I have read several books by Alastair Reynolds. Most were set in his Revelation Space universe. This book is quite different from those books but never the less is a great read. The plot twists will keep you interested till the very end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 1/1/2014

    " I can't get through this one. There's *far* too much mundane description and far too little plot advancement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/29/2013

    " I'm not really into Science Fiction that involves spaceships and aliens, but this wasn't so bad. There was a lot of time travel and a little detective work that kept it interesting for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 8/20/2013

    " You'll enjoy this if you like 1950's gumshoe detective stories and hard scifi. Reynolds mixes two worlds, two genres and two plot threads together into a really fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse Ostrander | 8/10/2013

    " Eh.... so-so. For many reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annika | 6/12/2013

    " It was very good and very interesting and well thought through. The writers base of Astronomy also seems to help a lot. It still did not make the reading dull as it might sometimes, but kept it professional and interesting till the last sentence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ari Bjornsson | 3/17/2013

    " A very, very bad book. I love this author and have read most of his books which are all very good so this book was a real surprise. Can't recommend it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mercurybard | 12/28/2012

    " Reynolds once again pulls out a hard science scifi tale with an amazing female protagonist. Not because Verity is some wise-cracking chick who kicks ass and takes names but because she is so *realistic* in her behavior and her strengths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 8/19/2012

    " Quantum noir. Recommended if you liked Casablanca and Dune. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dungeons | 2/26/2012

    " Another solid Sci-fi escape from a consistently good author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Monroe | 2/24/2012

    " Hey! You've got your noir detective fiction in my alt-history in my space opera! Wow, three great tastes that taste great together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alysha | 2/22/2012

    " Very interesting book. I liked the premise and the writing was very compelling. I "read" the audiobook and I thought the reader did a great job. The book did make me a bit scared of nanotechnology, though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/16/2011

    " I enjoyed the ideas (Century Rain in particular), but the characters kept dragging me back in to an overly cliched routine. I got past the dual earths and inexplanable worm holes, but the characters got on my nerves. That doesn't usually happen with Reynolds' novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mundon | 2/2/2011

    " Excellent story, great mix of noir alternative history and interesting SF. He definitely left the door open for a sequel and i for one would very much look forward to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/5/2011

    " Brilliant, gripping. A mixture of science fiction and 1930s/40s detective novels at its very best. I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend all of Reynold’s books but this one is particularly good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Decoyotis | 11/21/2010

    " Packed with originality. Also plenty of realistic sounding science. Up there with banks and macloed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 9/11/2010

    " Century Rain is a mixture of Space Opera and Noir Mystery that is utterly satisfying to the end. I absolutely loved every part of the story as it unfolded; Reynolds' extremely capable hand was put to great use in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/2/2010

    " Another great Sci_fi by Reynolds. As always, original, engaging, and unpredictable. He's my favourite science fiction writer at the moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 8/19/2010

    " Some really nice concepts involved here, but it takes quite a while to get to where the main part of the narrative lies, there's plenty of action early on, but it seems a bit irrelevant in the long run, then pretty much everything happens in the last few chapters. "

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About the Author
Author Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, and studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew’s Universities to ultimately earn a PhD in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He is now writing full time.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.