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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400179626
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Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings. Not only are Campion and Purslane late for their thirty-second reunion but they have also brought along an amnesiac golden robot for a guest. But the wayward shatterlings get more than the scolding they expect: they face the discovery that someone has a very serious grudge against the Gentian line, and there is a very real possibility of traitors in their midst. The surviving shatterlings have to dodge exotic weapons while they regroup to try to solve the mystery of who is persecuting them and why-before their ancient line is wiped out of existence forever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Intriguing ideas and competent characterization make this a fine example of grand-scale relativistic space opera. Publishers Weekly
  • “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.”

    Times (London)

  • “[A] sprawling novel of intergalactic intrigue…A fine example of grand-scale relativistic space opera.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans | 2/17/2014

    " Enjoyable. The grand scale of space and time in this novel gives a sense of wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 2/1/2014

    " Wow, how did the author come up with a story like that. Very far out Sci-Fi story, with a narrative that crosses millions of years as civilisations rise and fall. The book is full of far out concepts such as humans that have evolved into clouds of micro machines, and the ability to slice people into 256 slices and keep them alive. Wasn't too sure about the pseudo-love story between the robot and Purslane, but overall kept me reading (albeit slowly). If you are looking to have your Sci-Fi itch scratched, then this is as far out science fiction you can get. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benitha | 1/24/2014

    " A book that's really about the journey. What starts of as a mere space opera, becomes an examination of revenge, paranoia and forgiveness in human society. If your looking for a sci-fi romp, you'll only like the first 250 pages or so, after that the pacing and the focus of the story slows down and changes into something much more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/24/2014

    " Not one of my favorites by this author, but even his less than stellar books are better than other's best works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brie | 1/20/2014

    " This is a beautiful book. I love how the author approaches the concept of time as a subjective variable. The plot left something to be desired but I admire this novel as a pretty brilliant birds-eye view of civilisation. I hope Reynolds decides to write more in this series... But sometimes a novel is more profound when the reader is left with that sense of longing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.A. Huss | 1/19/2014

    " When I read this book, (that was a few years ago now, I think it was new then) I was in the middle of a "meh" cycle of not-so-good endings and poor characterization in my science fiction list. This book changed EVERYTHING. Best ending I've read, maybe ever. I loved it. Perhaps some of the stuff was a little hard to follow at the end, but the emotional development of the characters was all that was necessary. I just remember closing the book and thinking - that was cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Clark Jr | 1/15/2014

    " This one was a little slow to start off but once it started picking it up was hard to put down. The Revelation Space novels have always been some of my favorite sci-fi books but I think this one rivals it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin M | 11/27/2013

    " Not the best Alastair Reynolds book I have read, ended up skipping parts of the book due to predictability/boredom "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 11/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. I was hooked through the whole thing. This book satisfied me and didn't leave me disappointed in in end. Reynolds is one of my new favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 9/23/2013

    " Mind-blowing far-future SF that stretches across millions of years and the entire galaxy; and at its heart, a love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 8/2/2013

    " My second Alastair Reynolds novel, and like my first, I really liked it. Easily 4.5 out of 5 stars for me. I think most who enjoy science fiction will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smitty | 7/16/2013

    " Wow, this book was really good. The concept of the shatterlings and they way they traveled through space and time was very gripping. Talk about your big ideas! I have read most of the Revelation Space series of Reynolds but this one is far better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen Massey | 7/6/2013

    " Another excellent book from Alastair Reynolds. Spans space and time with huge ideas and hard sf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/17/2013

    " A tour de force of science fiction. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns right up until the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/27/2013

    " I love everything Alastair Reynolds writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen | 11/24/2012

    " I really liked this book. It is definitely for the hardcore sci-fi reader. There was a lot of original material in this book and the storyline was energetic and mysterious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diego | 9/5/2012

    " Overall an interesting book with lots of good details, but the central plot wasn't very compelling as anything more than a vehicle for the characters/details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Grace | 3/26/2012

    " what? it's over? is there a sequel? please? this was sci fi in the space way and I enjoyed it thoroughly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 3/21/2012

    " Loved it, even though I felt a little dumb with all the physics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milele | 1/31/2012

    " Another good Alastair Reynolds book, and I do love Alastair Reynolds. He has fantastically creative and impressive set pieces. As usual I wish the plot and characters all hung together a little bit more but I did care about the characters here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Freeman | 10/10/2011

    " A thoroughly excellent read, from the last half of the book it got to unputdownable status "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Anthony | 6/16/2011

    " This is a really great book that has lots of science and space in it. The book has everything you could want from a science fiction book. It has ,clones ,robots ,aliens and space ships. I recommend this book to be read by people who like science fiction and space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 6/8/2011

    " An excellent book. "you were born too soon" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eyeballkid | 5/31/2011

    " It's ridiculously romantic, but Reynolds talent for big galaxy-spanning space operas is on full display here. This may be his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/20/2011

    " A great story, a really nice bit of sci-fi to enjoy. Good book for a long flight, you can lose yourself in the story and (pardon the expression) leave this world for a bit.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 5/13/2011

    " A wonderfully complex, brilliantly written book. In general, millennium-spanning novels don't appeal to me, but this one, which covers millions of years of human history, is a notable exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smitty | 4/27/2011

    " Wow, this book was really good. The concept of the shatterlings and they way they traveled through space and time was very gripping. Talk about your big ideas! I have read most of the Revelation Space series of Reynolds but this one is far better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felipe | 3/12/2011

    " Historia de ciencia ficción épica que ocurre en lapsos de millones de años. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 3/5/2011

    " Starts off a bit slowly, but finishes with a grand flourish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/16/2011

    " Original story with the intriguing invention of the Lines...families of cloned humans that spend hundreds of thousands years traveling the galaxy and coming together every circuit to share memories. Beautifully imagined and realized world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al'xae | 2/11/2011

    " This would be an epic SciFi Channel series... it was a fun read, somewhat anti-climatic but good for recreational reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lazar | 2/9/2011

    " I think this is the best of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 2/3/2011

    " Not what I've come to expect from Alistair Reynolds. A much narrower scope than his other works and a disappointing ending. "

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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, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.