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Publisher's Summary

In novels such as Chasm City and Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds established himself as an indisputable master of the far-flung intergalactic epic. Reynolds brings that same deceptively effortless mastery to the shorter fictional forms, a fact that Troika, his elegant, compulsively listenable new novella, amply demonstrates.
Troika tells the story of men and women confronting an enigma known as the Matryoshka, a vast alien construct whose periodic appearances have generated terror, wonder, and endless debate. During its third "apparition" in a remote corner of the galaxy, a trio of Russian cosmonauts approach this enigma and attempt to penetrate its mysteries. What they discover - and what they endure in the process - forms the centerpiece of an enthralling, constantly surprising narrative.
Troika is at once a wholly original account of First Contact and a meditation on time, history, and the essentially fluid nature of identity itself. Suspenseful, erudite, and gracefully written, it is a significant accomplishment in its own right and a welcome addition to a remarkable body of work.
©2011 Alastair Reynolds (P)2016 Alastair Reynolds
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3 out of 5 stars
By Trip Williams on 05-02-16


I have LONG been a fan of Alastair Reynolds' books, and I "Think" I have every book by Mr. Reynolds that Audible has (Yup, Just checked)... But the last few Reynolds' Books I have bought here have been more than a bit disappointing.

This one is set in Russia in the Future. It's 2 Hours and 54 Minutes long. Two Hours, 46 Minutes, and 56 Seconds, are ALL "Tedious Set-Up". For Two Hours, 46 Minutes, and 56 Seconds, it drones ON and ON and ON (NOT the Narrator's Fault! I think he did the best he could with the material he was presented to work with)... In the last 7+ minutes, JUST as you are SURE you're going to rate this one: "Limbo Low Stars", those last 7+ minutes 'kinda' save the entire book.

Is it worth the first Two Hours, 46 Minutes, and 56 Seconds to hear the sudden (and kinda weak) plot twist? You'd have to decide that for your yourself... However, if I had the choice of buying the book again, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't.

I actually felt happy when I heard that last 4 seconds with: "Audible Hopes You've Enjoyed This Program!" Because I thought "GREAT! Now I can get on with one of these other VERY GOOD books stacked up and waiting in my iPhone!"

At least it wasn't more "ELEPHANTS - IIIIN - SPAAAAACE" (Insert Dramatic Echoing on the word "SPAAAAACE").

I think I'll be taking a break from buying any more of Mr. Reynolds' Books until he gets back to writing books like "Pushing Ice", "Revelation Space", etc...

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Guttman on 07-27-16

One of those books that leaves you contemplative

If you could sum up Troika in three words, what would they be?

Not easily described

Who was your favorite character and why?

If you had read the book you would know how meaningless this question is.

Which character – as performed by Wayne June – was your favorite?

The artifact

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but you might need a few mental breaks unless you are very up on theoretical cosmology.

Any additional comments?

Totally out of this universe yet surprisingly feasible (in a billion years). This is one of those books that changes the way you think, if only just a little. The Russian narration is not very convincing but the book is not about the characters.

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