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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Roberts Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on Pavane: When Old Earth Books told me they are reissuing Pavane, which was originally published in 1968, I told them: 'I read one story from Pavane when I was nine, and it scarred me.... I read the whole book as a teenager and learned where that story had come from, and the shape of the whole story and I felt the scars heal....' Pavane was Keith Roberts' masterpiece: profound and still remarkable.

Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome. Pavane shows the harshness of life in this society and details the generational struggle for independence by the citizens of Dorset, England. It's through this series of moving tales that Roberts interweaves a discussion of Destiny and History that take the book out of the ordinary. And the author's great love of his native country makes this the most English of novels, and one of the finest in fantastic literature.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Carnell | 2/9/2014

    " Currently listening to this as an audiobook. The combination of revisionist English history, with steampunk and empathetic characters is a fantastic mix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard | 2/9/2014

    " I agree with the many people who consider this a great SF novel. Not for the often distracted, as it is deliberately paced with a minimum of dialogue, but the characterization is painterly and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Mcconnaughey | 2/4/2014

    " fascinating, if somewhat grim, alternative (proto-steampunk) history of GBritain written and set ~ 1968. The reformation failed, Rome is V. powerful. But the stories are personal - a young man who is heir to his fathers steam RR haulage business who faces loss in love and banditry in the course of the day. A child, fascinated by the coded signally towers used to transmit everything from military secrets to the economic news of the day gets admitted into the prestigious "Signal Guild" and we follow his story. Roberts creates a very detailed and worked out political/social/economic setting..but then the stories are "personal." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony Glover | 2/1/2014

    " A book that really does take the reader into another world. The premise is that one of the many plots against Elizabeth I succeeds and, from that point on, the history of England takes a different path. Steam engines exist - but trains don't run on tracks but along the roads. Cars and telephones don't exist - but a network of signalling stations, like windmills, carries communications across the country. Well written, engrossing and believable - a beautiful book. "

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