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Eversion

By: Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by: Harry Myers
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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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A creative story with characters we care about

I really enjoyed this story. It had an engaging premise. It had good character development. It had a nicely paced plot.

Most importantly, it didn't overstay is welcome. It was a nice, tight story that was perfect for a little high quality escapism.

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Alastair Reynolds does it again!

I really liked this one. Compelling concept, not revealed until near the end. Kept me going. Mr. Reynolds could use a new editor though. I mean, "self-educate myself." Seriously? There were other howlers, but that one I jotted down.
But don't let that deter you. It's a great story and well told.

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Meh.

This is the first Alastair Reynolds book I didn't care for. I typically love his world building, but this one it didn't seem to matter.

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OK story audio mix questionable

Ok story, audio was hard to understand sometimes. Accents of some characters were part of it

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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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One of the best stories however…

That I have ever heard and beautifully told except oh my gosh really needed an editor it took way too long for the story to get where it was going. If you have the patience stick with it the profound ending makes it more than worthwhile

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A surprise delight from Reynolds

A wonderful, different kind of book from a great hard science fiction writer. For those who love Reynolds’ application of his scientific know how to fiction, enjoy the first portions and lovely storytelling for what they are and keep reading. Also good for those who like mysteries and surprise plot twists.

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REALLY slow getting started, but no great payoff

Could have been a great short story or novela, but instead, Reynolds dragged this out into a much longer story filled with excruciatingly detailed descriptions — which end up have no bearing on the story. The story telling was so tedious for the first 2/3 of the book, that I almost quit (and after getting to the ending, and realizing that all that detail was unnecessary, I wish I had quit). Sometimes descriptions of environmental details provides great world-building … but here it was just extraneous fluff to make this short story into a novel-length book (which they can charge us even more for).

I normally love Reynolds work, but this one was a big miss, and I will think twice about buying his next release.