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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,547 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: February 2011 ISBN: 9781400179619
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Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter-a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band. Before long, the Panoply detectives are fighting against something worse than tyranny, in a struggle that will lead to more devastation and more death. And Dreyfus will discover that to save what is precious, you may have to destroy it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carré and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study.... This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Sweeney | 2/15/2014

    " Not bad! I don't normally like cop shows but I enjoyed this. I hope the clockmaker shows up in other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dynagrip | 2/7/2014

    " Decent hard science fiction though it got sloppy at parts. For example, I'd assume that a super secure police/military facility would keep a demonstrably dangerous prisoner under guard, even if injured, instead of under the occasional eye of the attending physician. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry B Gray | 2/3/2014

    " The book overall was very good and the author did a good job of keeping it moving and interesting. My problem was the ending. He built to an exciting climax and then there was nothing. All of a sudden the lead charactor came too and everything was over with little to no explanation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " In "The Glitter Band" of 10,000 orbiting human habitats, there is still the occasional need for your basic determined uncorruptible police detective. A fascinating scenario of a possible human future, it's a little slow getting started, but then moves along nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/18/2014

    " Not bad, if a little clumsy in spots. Suffered from being read immediately after a _really_ good police procedural. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiril | 1/8/2014

    " Ah the memories of reading "Revelation Space". And a few other books of the series. But alas, it seems the style of writing of Reynolds is getting on my nerves these days. The plot is always good, the style isn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony O'Donahue | 1/6/2014

    " A very worthwhile story that met the needs of a "traditional" SciFi fan - solid, with good character development and a very intriguing plot, matched with an imaginative "universe" that in itself is very stimulating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SciFi Kindle | 1/2/2014

    " When you take A loose Federalism to the logical extreme (democratic anarchy) in a post-scarcity environment, it opens up a blank canvas for the author's imagination. Reynold's wildly varied societies along with the 'space detective' protagonist remind me of Asimov's Robot novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annick | 12/23/2013

    " Tense and full of cool and big ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Ingram | 12/16/2013

    " Interesting but not mind blowing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amr | 8/5/2013

    " Arguably his best book to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 2/28/2013

    " Another great Reynolds scifi novel, and can be read as a stand-alone book (I have not read the other Revelation Space novels as of yet). He continues to amaze with his world-building. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Morgan | 7/27/2012

    " Really enjoyed this detective story set in an incredibly imaginative environment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Spencer | 4/13/2012

    " A bit of a plodder, by Reynolds' high standards. The characters lack that dark edge one is used to from these books - they're a little two-dimensional, and that detracts from the impact of the plot. Still, not at all a bad choice for fans of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Copenhaver | 3/16/2012

    " Not as good as his other Revelation space books but fun. I was a little surprised that by the end, crazy things were happening, but I didn't really seem concerned about the characters or the outcome.. oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Rubin | 3/16/2012

    " A rollicking-good space opera. Lots of fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/16/2012

    " This is one of the only books I've not been able to finish for some reason... maybe because it's more of a cop story than what I tend to like... maybe I'll try it again someday. Sorry Alastair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orijinalchris | 12/7/2011

    " second read as good as the first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Lawrence | 12/2/2011

    " Yet another great story from Alastair Reynolds. I'm not a great sci-fi fan but he always manages to conjure a great story within an interesting future universe. It's great fiction _with_ science, not fictional science in a giant geek-fest-comic-boy-love-in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Robertson | 11/7/2011

    " By far my favorite of Reynolds Revelation Space series. Classic detective novel set in space! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Hilgendorf | 9/12/2011

    " I liked this one a lot. I tend to like detectivey space operas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamahome | 6/18/2011

    " Not too long in description, lots of mystery. Very entertaining. Some scenes I wish he didn't gloss over here and there. My first Reynolds Revelation Space book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 5/13/2011

    " Interesting themes of freedom and government control played out in a space travel world ( the glitter band).
    Reynold is always inventive and thoughtful. this novel has its share of good guys and bad guys, almost a detective novel in space clothing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/7/2011

    " This is one of the only books I've not been able to finish for some reason... maybe because it's more of a cop story than what I tend to like... maybe I'll try it again someday. Sorry Alastair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 3/26/2011

    " A very worthwhile story that met the needs of a "traditional" SciFi fan - solid, with good character development and a very intriguing plot, matched with an imaginative "universe" that in itself is very stimulating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/23/2011

    " Not bad! I don't normally like cop shows but I enjoyed this. I hope the clockmaker shows up in other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 2/15/2011

    " Excellent for the novice sf fan. Part detective novel set within fully realised future. Reynolds science works welland he really keeps the plot flowing. The last half of the book just flies by. "

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

    " A sci-fi novel that pat recommended. There are 10,000 habitats in the democratic Glitter Band. An AI attacks in an attempt to become the autocratic ruler. Thalia Ng fights servitors in one of the habitats, while field prefect Dreyfus tries to stave off the attack in other ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/21/2010

    " Another well plotted, imaginative work by Reynolds. Possibly my favorite of his since Century Rain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nathaniel | 10/9/2010

    " If this book had been ~150 pages short it would have been fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 9/12/2010

    " Not the best in the series, but a worthwhile slice of Glitter Band history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry B | 8/30/2010

    " The book overall was very good and the author did a good job of keeping it moving and interesting. My problem was the ending. He built to an exciting climax and then there was nothing. All of a sudden the lead charactor came too and everything was over with little to no explanation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 7/18/2010

    " Really enjoyed this book set in Revelation Space. "

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About the Author
Author Alastair ReynoldsAlastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. he stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap, Diamond Dogs, and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.
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.