Redemption Ark : Revelation Space

  • by Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Revelation Space
  • 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.


What the Critics Say

"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"The best of the new breed of space opera. Wild action on a grand scale spans well-imagined and developed worlds." (The Denver Post)


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Customer Reviews

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Stick with this series!

I've gotten the three books in this series as well as Chasm City, a stand alone novel in the same universe. When reading these reviews, I notice many negative comments, and I actually, at one point, probably written the same.
However, after quitting the first book, and focusing on books by other "british space opera" writers such as Peter Hamilton and Richard K. Morgan, I went back to give it another try.
I think what makes these books great is probably the same thing that turns some listeners off. The mythology of the universe is so deep, that until you are familiar with it, it is overwhelming with the references to the different factions, planets, aliens, etc.
But once that familiarity is gained, the stories are so rich, that I am disappointed that I have finished.
And as far as the narrator goes, it seems as though people either love or hate John Lee. But he is incredibly talented with a unique style and once you get use to him, his narration is addicting.
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- Michael


I tried reading "Revelation Space" over a year or two ago and put it down quickly. Very "dense" stuff.", I thought. "Too
complicated". I then I picked up "Absolution Gap" in print. I knew by then it was the last in the series but so what? After the first chapter, I couldn't put it down. So, I got the others on
Audible. Each one in the series can easily stand by itself but its a great series. All are beautifully written.
They are tightly plotted, highly and originally imagined with empathic characters who play their parts honestly, without any contrived motives.
Each book is an equal of the others, which, for a
series, shows, I think, an author who truly cares
about his audience. I have been an avid SF reader
for nearly 60 years. In my opinion, this series
is a masterwork. It is to hard SF what "Lord of
The Rings" is to fantasy. In my opinion, the author is in the first rank of the very best of all English language novelists, based on this series.

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- neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio