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Eversion

By: Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by: Harry Myers
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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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a bit different to usual Reynolds, but excellent

loved this book, its not Reynolds usual space opera, but excellent all the same. it has twists and turns and if you stick with it any Reynolds fan won't be disappointed.

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Amazing

Alastair Reynolds has had a long career as a writer and I have read/listened to nearly everything he has written.

I think this may be be of his strongest books yet. It is a standalone book and is very tightly plotted. The atmosphere of the book is somewhere between Inception and Cloud Atlas, but with some hard SF twists. I suspect that it could do quite well as a film.

The book is more emotionally rich than most of his other works and I think this is a solid improvement in his writing style.

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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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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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ripoff

awful-nothing like Alistair Reynolds-has he just stuck his name on another book? worst 7.99 I ever spent-better books for free on utube!

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I tried to get into it but failed.

It’s rare I can’t finish a book. I tried to come back to this many times, but I found it turgid and difficult to get through. It’s just not a page turner but it doesn’t have any of the benefits of being a slow burner like character examination either. The performance wasn’t to my liking. That’s not to say it was bad - I just didn’t like it.

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Stick with it, it’s worth it

A very confusing at first but rewarding listen. I did lose my way in parts but the book brought me back in as it came to its conclusion.

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Hard to get through

not Alistairs finest. Boring for over the first half, then got a bit more onto sci-fi track, but by then it was too late to save.

Honestly the blurb should have been written better, or you'll get bad reviews such as myself believing this to be more then what it is.

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Repetitive Drivel

I think the Mr Reynolds came up with a good plot for a short story and then unsuccessfully stretched it to a novel. A testament to recycling!
The narrator Harry Myers is excellent but he did have plenty of opportunities to finesse the same characters by doing them again and again and….. yawn!

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