Revenger

  • by Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by Clare Corbett
  • 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A superb science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts, and revenge.
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Among the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.
And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them....
Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds that have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection - and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.
Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore's crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.
Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future - a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism...and of vengeance.

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warning headphone users: volume needs normalizing

The story is fast-paced and much more dialogue-heavy compared to the author's other books. The audio volume is troublesome for me, however. There are sections when the narrator is whispering quietly followed by much louder exclamations that hurt my ears. I recommend ripping the audio and renormalizing it so you don't have to strain yourself to understand what is being said.
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- Balt M.

I didn't finish it

This book is a sadness for me. The author has a very rich imagination and excellent feel for the steampunk genre. Set in some very, very distant future he envisions a unique view of how it all turns out for humanity. The language is interesting and settings truly interesting.

And endlessly described.

The story is conventional but has some interesting twists. Something happens. The protagonist develops a mission. Reversals occur. Hijinx ensue.

That are endlessly described.

At any moment the story and setting is likely to be interesting. I got 80% of the way the way through it before I realized that I still had no real appreciation for the intentions of the protagonist and that I was never going to be interested enough in the outcome to put up with more endless, unproductive detail.

I might have still stuck with it. After all, I only had five chapters to go, but, I became annoyed at another systemic flaw beyond toleration. With all of the virtues of the prose and imagination, the author was way too loose with the logical links between things.

For example, an event occurs where someone does something truly heinous to the protagonist for a prolonged period. There are musings in the aftermath where the protagonist refers to the offending character in a warm emotional tone appropriate only to the relationship before and completely, insanely discordant considering the awful things that were done.

This sort of weird disconnect happens with motivations, actions, plot twists and, if it weren't for the obviously immense effort of the richly detailed world, would suggest laziness. As it is, I can't really understand how the editors didn't say, "Alistair, you really need to tighten this up. Nobody would [act that way, do that thing, be able to guess that, etc]."

I quite liked the narration. It is done with a chewy, working class English accent. Sometimes a little thick for my American ears to comprehend but, for me, that's a good thing. The characterizations were clear. Sometimes a little overwrought, but I liked them. As some have said, things were occasionally a little whispery and hard to hear. Not a big deal. I'd listen to her again happily.

I'll try this author again someday. The world and viewpoint and use of language was appealing. However, this book eventually became tedious.
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- TQ White II

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio