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3.00010309278351 out of 53.00010309278351 out of 53.00010309278351 out of 53.00010309278351 out of 53.00010309278351 out of 5 3.00 (12,901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Revelation Space Series Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781400179558
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic---it may really be like this Out There. Stephen Baxter, coauthor of The Light of Other Days
  • “A striking first novel. Revelation Space delivers the goods. Certain to be one of the year’s most impressive debut novels, and one of the most significant large-scale epics of the year. Reynolds is the next writer to watch in the resurrection of the conceptually intelligent space opera.”

    Locus

  • “Dense with information and incident, this longish novel has no surplus fat and seems almost too short. A sparkling SF debut.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[A] hard sci-fi tour de force…Reynolds’ vision of a future dominated by artificial intelligence trembles with the ultimate cold of the dark between the stars.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Schiffmacher | 2/8/2014

    " It was a thoroughly enjoyable book, though by the end it began to feel a little long-winded. The premise and character development were both excellent, and it felt as if it were written during the wonderful days of science fiction in the early sixties. I was very surprised to learn that it had been written much more recently. I am looking forward to starting Redemption Ark next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 2/5/2014

    " If you're in the mood for grim, hard sci-fi that pulls no punches, this is a good choice. Reynolds is no Heinlein and could use an assertive editor (who needs to begin by taking a long look at the prose in the middle third of the book). However, there are very imaginative mysteries in this story, tied to insightful speculation and some superb adventure. Most of it is wrapped up by the last page in a way I found quite satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Hirt | 2/3/2014

    " What a ride. Great sci fi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly Staron | 1/30/2014

    " Book club is today and I finished it yesterday. I am proud of myself for actually reading it. I'll leave it at that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/7/2014

    " As I neared the end of the book, the pages began to glow softly. The further I read, the glow began to morph into complex geometrical patterns, constantly shifting to form new shapes. These shapes began to rise up off the page until they surrounded me. Despite the flurry of activity surrounding me, I looked down to see my empty hands and realized I was no longer holding a book. My eyes slowly rotated up to see letters, backwards letters hovering above me. I stared at them for several minutes trying to comprehend what was happening to me before coming to the understanding that I was inside the book staring up at the words I had been reading only moments before. And then I knew I had entered Revelation Space. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lew | 1/3/2014

    " This is the first time I had read Alastair Reynolds. Not as good as Peter Hamilton, a close second. Good sweeping spacefaring story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xue Sun | 12/21/2013

    " It starts off slow but kept me interested to see how all the storylines would tie together. I think they actually wrapped everything up pretty well but then it should have ended there... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth | 11/17/2013

    " I really liked this book. I hadn't read hard scifi in years and this book really got me back into it. It's a trilogy that has high's and lows but overall some cool concepts in a cool world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bukminster | 11/7/2013

    " Hard Science Fiction. Good potential as far as the plot, and I really wanted to enjoy it, but honestly it was a chore to complete. Don't think I'll finish out the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/4/2013

    " A large cast of characters may contain a total of 0 likable ones and still be just about readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mxmlln Montgomery | 9/15/2013

    " Definitely one of the top 5 science fiction books I've encountered. The author did jump back and forth a lot between the three different plotlines, but it eventually became comprehensible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor Hernandez | 7/2/2013

    " worth reading, hard core science fiction, intelligent author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 3/9/2013

    " What can I say - an awesome read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Stewart | 3/4/2013

    " Heavy, deep sci-fi. Moderately entertaining storyline about some old species being wiped out by some "Event" and its ramifications. Really bad, bizarre ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Rachum | 1/21/2013

    " I want to read the next couple of books in this series before making any final commentary, but the first book was quite a wonderful read. This guy weaves a great tale and know how to make every page fun & fascinating! He knows his science and how to extrapolate it out into the distant future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/9/2012

    " In the process of reading his entire works. This book is a good place to start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Layman | 6/28/2012

    " Epic science fiction. A good long read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henk | 5/31/2012

    " I got very annoyed with how often the book is changing perspective. When you are about to get into the story it will change perspective again and again and again. In the end it was ok to read but not now whole encompassing entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Kleinpeter | 12/30/2011

    " More consistently riveting than any of the books I had been reading at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms Vyvyan | 12/17/2011

    " The first of Alastair Reynolds's big books, and a favourite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 6/2/2011

    " I'd say 4.5 stars. In the reviews in the beginning of the book someone said that reading this was akin to sitting down to one of your favorite comfort foods. I feel like that is a perfect way to describe Reynolds' works. They're just plain fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steffen | 5/21/2011

    " great science fiction read with a number of surprises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/12/2011

    " Great start then...loses steam very quickly.
    No great shocking ending. Too bad. "

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

    " I really liked this one. One of those big idea books which I tend to like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 4/23/2011

    " I liked his House of Suns a LOT more, and Revelation Space somewhat more, but this is undeniably interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/15/2011

    " Apparently, I still have a thing for "humans discovering huge alien artifact" kinds of hard sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allendachang | 12/25/2010

    " Fantastic hard sci-fi. Manages to be epic and intensely personal simultaneously. Lots of interesting but accessible ideas, not only relating to science but also the very nature of humanity. Loved the way the story was bookended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ohwellwhatthehell | 12/23/2010

    " Some interesting ideas, the writing was passable, but the characters were really annoying. "

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About the Author
Author Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds is a bestselling author and has been awarded the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, along with being shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. He 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.

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.