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From the master of the space opera comes a dark, mind-bending adventure spread across time and space, where Doctor Silas Coade is tasked with keeping his crew safe as they adventure across the galaxy in search of a mysterious artifact.

In the 1800s, a sailing ship crashes off the coast of Norway. In the 1900s, a Zepellin explores an icy canyon in Antarctica. In the far future, a spaceship sets out for an alien artifact. Each excursion goes horribly wrong. And on every journey, Dr. Silas Coade is the physician, but only Silas seems to realize that these events keep repeating themselves. And it's up to him to figure out why and how. And how to stop it all from happening again.

©2022 Alastair Reynolds (P)2022 Orbit

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Time after time...

Alastair Reynolds' Eversion is a bit of a departure to his usual space opera extravaganzas. The tale narrator is a ship's surgeon (Silas) who is part of a quest for a mysterious 'edifice.' When the story opens, the 'ship' is an 18th century sailing vessel off the coast of Norway, but disaster strikes and the surgeon awakens to finds himself in the same position, on a steamship off Patagonia with similar results. Next is an airship heading to Antarctica. Each vignette repeats a similar pattern, but advances in time until finally he finds himself in our future out in space, but always in search of the 'edifice.' To say more would reveal too much, but a young mathematician part of the crew plays a central role in divining the 'everted' (the basis for the title) of the structure.

Reynolds offers rich and detailed descriptions of the state of art technology for each time period that is complimented with the surgeon also writing a fantasy tale that predicts future states. While Silas has his last hurrah in this tale, the nature of the edifice or its origins are never fully revealed suggesting the possibility of a future follow-up mission.

Narration is superb with excellent character distinction that is quite clear despite heavy accents. Pacing is smooth and brisk.

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Full of adventure, with a side of deeper meaning

I’m already a fan of Alastair Reynolds work, and this may be one of his best. The sense of adventure is palpable, with the intertwining story weaving just enough questions and answers to keep the reader wondering. When the final reveals come, they are laced with questions that make the reader think. All any good science fiction can deliver.

The narration is outstanding, with accents and personalities leaping off the “Page”

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Great Story and Reader

This clever tale grabbed me right from the beginning as Alastair Reynolds stories often do. it starts as something that resembles Master & Commander as told from the doctor's view, but ends as something quite different. I don't know if I've heard the reader before but he was perfect for this mix of characters. Well done!

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Refreshing and modern.

Despite a slow start the story builds up to the kind of scifi I have come to love from mr Reynolds.

I sure hope it’s a future trilogy and that we’ll see the doctor again!

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Great book, fantastic audio

I loved this story, I’m a lifelong Alastair Reynolds fan and this is one of his best books. Gripping, thrilling, tons of fun, it’s a real page-turner! The audio production in this is also exceptional, above and beyond even the usual fine work created for Reynolds. The performance, the quality, all stellar. Highly recommended.

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I have not been attracted to Reynolds’ novels until I read the intriguing summary of Eversion. The story begins straightforwardly enough aboard the sailing ship Demeter off the coast of Norway with the ship’s doctor, Silas Coade, introducing us to the others and the goal of the voyage. But we are soon to discover that all is not as it seems when the circumstances shift to an entirely different Demeter in a different part of the world in a different time. The characters are the same but different too as they gain more complexity with each interation. The decisions that must be made and the moral and emotional consequences make the story a very satisfying read.

I was not familiar with the narrator but he did an excellent job making the characters distinct and recognizable. The only fault I had was a technical one, the recording caught the narrator’s breathing. I had to work to push that aside to fully enjoy the presentation.

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mind bending adventure

a new twist on Sci-Fi. A truly mind bending adventure and story of humanity in unexpected places