The Medusa Chronicles

  • by Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sequel to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's Nebula Award-winning novella A Meeting with Medusa, this novel is a continuation of the thrilling adventure of astronaut Howard Falcon, humanity's first explorer of Jupiter, from two modern science fiction masters.
Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident as the first human astronaut to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter - and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. But he is no longer himself. Instead he has been changed into an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable.
With permission from the Clarke estate, Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds continue this beloved writer's enduring vision and have created a fresh story for new listeners. The Medusa Chronicles charts Falcon's journey through the centuries granted by his new body but always goes back to the mysteries of Jupiter and the changing interaction between humanity and the universe. A compelling listen full of incredible action right from the beginning, this is a modern classic in the spirit of 2001 and The Martian.

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Annoying reading mistake:

Chapter 9: 16:10.

"Delta Five" should be "Delta Vee". That's not a Roman numeral, it's Velocity abbreviated, or 'change in velocity". "Saturn V rocket" is pronounced Saturn Five.
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- Michael

Doesn't Quite Match the Original

Having been a fan of many of Alastair Reynolds' imaginative sci fi novels in the past, I decided to read Sir Arthur C Clarke's novella upon which this is based. I enjoyed it, so I eagerly began this book, hoping for an exciting and fantastic series of stories set throughout the universe.

This book didn't quite live up to those expectations. Set within the solar system, it really doesn't offer any new ideas or vision of the future that we haven't seen before. There's a bit of a twist at the end, kind of a deus ex machina really, that helps things out and gives the novel a happy and mostly satisfying ending. But, large portions of the book are wordy and boring, which I think create a barrier for many readers.

This book feels like a labor of love by these authors toward Clarke's work, and it's great that they did that. But this isn't going to be remembered as one of the landmarks of the genre by any stretch of the imagination.
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- Joshua "www.newimperium.org"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio