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Century Rain

By: Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by: John Lee
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Summary

Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-20th-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

Somewhere on this alternate planet is a device capable of destroying both worlds at either end of the wormhole. And Verity must find the device, and the man who plans to activate it, before it's too late - for the past and the future of two worlds.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2010 Tantor

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Century Rain fuses time travel, hard SF, alternate history, interstellar adventure, and noir romance to create a novel of blistering powers and style.” ( SFRevu)

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Raymond Chandler does Space Opera

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a good listen. Alastair Reynolds writes fast moving SF with good plot lines. The tributes to Chandler and 1960's French film noire is an additional bonus. Plenty of "how will they get out of this" moments. John Lee give his customary solid performance, although his German pronunciation falters at times.

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OK, it's SF, but as an astronomer Mr Reynolds conveniently glosses over the advances in Physics and Astronomy prior to 1936. I think the E2 versions of Hubble and Zwicky would have twigged what was going on.

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Reynolds at the top of his game

A favourite Alastair Reynolds novel from his best period imo. Mixes elements of 50's mystery with future tech in a very satisfying way. Good story, good ending
Intriguing universe which leaves plenty to the imagination. Brilliantly narrated by the always excellent John Lee this is Sci fi to enjoy over and over again

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Like a meal that doesn’t satisfy

I can tick the boxes for a clever story, well told and interesting interplay of characters. But it still lacks punch, like a meal without a main course. The story is set into a troubled peace set within a mystery, but very little is explored and the closing part is a promise of more to come. But the scenario is basically another Star Gate situation, I am starting to think I am too generous with 4 stars. Nice parts of the story though so I will leave it at that.

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A good Listen.

Enjoyable and at times thoughtful sci-fi set between a post apocalyptic future and a subtly altered past.

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Great story and Narration

I just can't get enough of Alastair Reynolds and John Lee duo. After finishing Revelation Space series and Prefect&Elysium Fire, I started to listen Century Rain and was instantly hooked. The old Paris mixed with near future aspect was truly an incredible experience. Next I will gobble up House of Suns.

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Intriguing start and it’s warming up nicely

Great characters and loving the gumshoe / alternate history/ hard(ish) Sci-Fi!
John Lee is excellent as always and I love the depth and detail. Many reviewers seem to think this is a disappointment but I love it!

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Loved it.

Very interesting book.
I love all of alistair Reynolds. This one included.
Takes a little bit to get going but pulls you in as it picks up.

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I really enjoy it

I really enjoyed it but I enjoy all Alastair Reynolds books. if you enjoy his other works, you will enjoy this

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Excellent, highly recommended

Characters are well rounded and believable, very intruiging plot line with good pace to the story, a real page turner. One of my favourite Reynolds books to date.

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So imaginative and exciting!

It took me a while to get into this book. It felt like I was listening to two books for a while but then it became very intriguing and the excitement grew and grew especially when I started to come across the 'war babies'. The ending was perfect leaving just enough for my imagination to feel satisfied. Great narration - there were only a couple of times I wasn't sure who was talking but only fleetingly. This was only my second Alastair Reynolds book and I'm looking forward to more!

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