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Summary

Eversion is a superb original gothic SF novel. A small group of intrepid explorers are in search of a remote and mysterious artefact. It's a well-funded expedition, well organised, which is lucky as they're sailing north of Bergen on the schooner Demeter, searching for a narrow inlet which will lead them to a vast uncharted lake—and their goal­­­—

Until disaster strikes.

Doctor Silas Coade wakes from disturbing dreams, on the steamship Demeter, in pursuit of an extraordinary find almost too incredible and too strange to believe, secreted within a lagoon in the icy inlets of Patagonia. But as they come in sight of their prize, he and the crew see they are not the first to come so far: there is a wreck ahead, and whatever ruined it may threaten them as well.

Shaking off his nightmares, Doctor Silas Coade joins his fellow exploders on the deck of the zeppelin Demeter and realises something has already gone dangerously wrong with their mission. If any of them are to survive, then he will have to take the exploration—and their lives—into his own hands....

©2022 Alastair Reynolds (P)2022 Gollancz

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A marvellous story

It would spoil it to describe the plot although some may work things out as they go. However this tale contains elements derived from Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne and H P Lovecraft among others, I found the tale riveting with a very emotional ending. One of Alistair Reynolds best - and not a long read either. Well read as well.

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Exceptional story with exceptional narration.

I have listened to hundreds of books with dozens of narrators and this performance was one of the most memorable ones. The story was brilliant as well. Bravo!

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Good, but

Very enjoyable, but I don't think it's one of his best. A little confusing in places.

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Very clever concept

Interesting departure from his usual style. Fascinating plot development, characters woven throughout into the finale. Not sure if I would call it a happy ending, but a very clever one.

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Didn’t fully buy into the finale

Really enjoyed the book and the narration was superb but the final ‘reveal’ didn’t really work for me. Not really sure what I had expected but it felt like it was building to something more….though maybe that was just me. Well worth a listen though!

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What a performance

Harry Myers deserves every credit for his performance. Clear, distinct, identifiable, measured, paced. I have heard some great audiobook readers but he is now up there with the best.

This story kept me engrossed from the start. As the puzzle built so did the tension. I believed the characters and was astonished at the turns and twists. That was just the first third. Then the tension got racked up as the explanation and revaluation led to new challenges.

This book starts as a slow burner. But it is never boring.

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real disappointment

just not up to the author's usual high standard. storyx characters and structure were all fairly naive and dreary. it seemed more like a first faltering attempt at a novel - not the work of an acknowledged expert in the genre.

the performance did not help matters - too many accents crossed over to parody and became distracting.


overall; possibly my least enjoyed purchased book on audible. still way better than some of the freebies etc. but a great disappointment nonetheless.

don't make this your first Alastair Reynold's book. his other books (and the performances) on Audible are superb.

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A great listen

A tightly plotted story and great characters were excellently defined by brilliant narration. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Reynolds got some magic touch

Don't know what it is but Reynolds stories don't always have the best plots or the coolest tech... but the enjoyment of reading and the compulsion to go on is undeniable. Please continue with whatever you are doing and soon a true masterpiece will emerge and in the meantime you are staving off depression and despair in your reader's lives. One more thing, the whole ghoststory thing is absolutely one of your fortes... hope you'll do more of it.

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a bit meh

whilst I love all his other books, this one misses the mark for me. just not keen on the storyline.

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  • 04-07-22

A strange tale

At its heart it is still Science Fiction but with hints of Cosmic Horror. To me occupies a similar space to Century Rain and Terminal World in its blurring of genre boundaries. If you are looking for more Revelation Space this isn't it but I strongly urge you to experience it.

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  • 24-06-22

Not his best

If you're looking for something like Reynolds' other novels, this isn't going to do much for you. I didn't really like the horror aspects, that's not my thing, and overall the story would've been better as a novella/short story. It was easily twice as long as it needed to be. The narration was fine, and I ended up listening to the whole thing, but felt like I was forcing myself to finish the 2nd half.

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  • C. Ireland
  • 19-06-22

brilliant

brilliant story, brilliantly performed.
Alastair Reynold's best work in years. Quite different to other works.

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  • 07-06-22

great

It started strange, not like the old Reynolds at all... But later! Great story!