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Publisher's Summary

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.
©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2009 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-04-09

Absolution Gap - Review

I really expected to like this book, but as it turns out, this book crawls at a slow pace, to many plots and characters. With this many characters, John Lee has problem with the voice of each, John Lee is the one the saves this novel.

I'm a hardcore SiFi fan and I just could not listen to it more than a hour at a time, I would just drift off, especially during the very vebose discription of equipment or gadgets. I guess some readers like those details, but I like a good plot that moves me and keeps me sitting in the car in the drive way awaiting the next turn of the plot.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 09-28-14

Nevil Clavain - what happened to your Voice?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I love John Lee. In fact, I only know about these books because he read them. But he takes one of the main characters - Nevil Clavain - and completely changes his accent/speech structure and thereby changes the character that he performed so well in Redemption Ark.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Yevgeny on 11-28-12

Too much left to the imagination

All three books do a great job at starting plot lines and describing minute details of the world, but in the end they all fizzle out. The reader is left to extrapolate the story from the established trajectory for themselves far too many times.



John Lee's narration is, however, somewhat improved over the previous 2 books.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 07-27-10

Great start awful endings

I have listened to this entire series, and whilst the worlds and characters are well visualised, The author spends a vast amount of time describing walking and sludge yet skips over intense and pivotal battles and key plot climaxes. So despite a promising start it lacks an ending or closure. You are much better off with Peter Hamilton if your tastes run to space operas

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-04-18

John lee ruined Clevain.

John lee is a great narrator but his attempt at an American accent is just awful, please stop.
Clevain was British in book 3 bit now apparently he's from Texas and was repeatedly punched in the mouth.
It's so bad, whyyyyyy?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

Fantastic Continuation

After listening to book 3, I didn't have the highest of hopes for book 4. After reading it however, I found my doubts dashed and my hopes for book 5 higher than ever. It's on par with book 2, my favourite so far.

Oh, and congratulations to John Lee for remaining my favourite narrator.

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