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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: October 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/30/2014

    " An overlooked alternate history gem. QE I is assasinated, the Reformation is squashed and Roma vincit omnia. The RC Church suppresses technology (A Papal bull "Petroleum Veto" keeps the internal combustion at bay although steam powered trackless trains and semaphore towers are suffered). Feudalism persists to to the present day and the (Un) Holy Office roots out "heresy" with ruthless abandon. Told thorugh a series of interconnected short stories, the novel culminates in a Planet of the Apes like ending which is way too pat but overall Roberts tells quite an impressive tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Melara | 1/17/2014

    " Very well written book. The book is almost 45 years old and it is still relevant with its themes of class structure and should we slow down progress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 12/26/2013

    " Good alternative history set in England in the 1960s several hundred years after protestant revolution stopped. England (like the rest of Europe) is still a feudal & backward place under the grip of Christianity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 11/6/2013

    " I wish I could give this book ZERO STARS. Seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pennypie | 10/21/2013

    " A very different sort of story. Appealing and sort of quiet. Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 11/3/2012

    " One of the finest SF novels of all time, Pavane echoes with time and place, his Dorset a brighter and darker reflection of our own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elzibub | 4/10/2012

    " I'm still not sure how all the "movements" of the story tied together at the end, but still found it an interesting read with the combo of alt history, reality & folklore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jesus | 1/9/2012

    " Boring. Abandoned after 80 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry Quirke | 9/3/2011

    " A collection of short stories tied together in an alternative history Earth, I found the stories lyrical but at times they seemed to drift off unnecessarily and seem to lose track of their direction. Whilst it was enjoyable, it didn't light a fire in my belly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rmw | 7/21/2011

    " As much alternate history as sci fi - very good overall "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/10/2011

    " The only other book about an 'alternate history' I've read is "The Man In The High Castle" by Philip K. Dick, which (like all his books) is a phenomenal read. Maybe it's the genre, but I'm enjoying Pavane just as much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 11/13/2010

    " This book's structure was definitely of the more bizarre variety. It reminds me a little of how I felt after reading John Crowley's Aegypt cycle.

    Great alt history, and a really nice set of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pennypie | 5/1/2010

    " A very different sort of story. Appealing and sort of quiet. Recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 7/28/2009

    " Although originally published in a genre magazine, the stories comprising Pavane are not science fictional in any sense which would off-put readers adverse to that form of literature. They are, in fact, quite rooted in and evocative of British literary traditions. "

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