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Publisher's Summary

Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Tade Thompson makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this unforgettable vision of humanity's future in the chilling emptiness of space.

The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having travelled light years from home to bring 1,000 sleeping souls to safety among the stars.

Some of the sleepers, however, will never wake - and a profound and sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel. Its skeleton crew are forced to make decisions that will have repercussions for all of humanity's settlements - from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet of Bloodroot, to other far-flung systems and indeed Earth itself.

©2021 Tade Thompson (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Gripping and skilfully told, with an economy and freshness of approach that is all Tade Thompson's own. The setting is interstellar, but it feels as real, immediate and lethal as today's headlines" (Alastair Reynolds)

"Readers looking for a smart sci-fi mystery should snap this up." (Publishers Weekly)

"First-rate space opera from one of the genre's most exciting voices." (Gareth L. Powell)

"A gripping space opera with characters fighting for their lives aboard a dying starship. I enjoyed it so much and can't wait to see what Thompson does next." (Martha Wells, author of the Murderbot Diaries)

"Simultaneously brutally grounded and wildly imaginative." (Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Children of Time

"Perfectly balances inspired universe building with both high-octane action and emotional depth." (Big Issue

"Tade Thompson is a writer of enormous heart and talent. Just brilliant." (Dave Hutchinson) 

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Awful narration

This book might be good, but unfortunately the narration is so monotonous that you fall asleep all the time. Impossible to tell different characters apart, no difference between tense and less tense passages. Recommended for people with sleeping problems.

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  • 01-12-22

returning

big fan of this author but the narration is as lifeless as a school kid having to read aloud to the class. Will get the kindle book instead

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-21-21

Good story spoiled by poor narration

The narrator was so bad that I would lose track of who was speaking in any conversation with 2 or more people

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  • Tamesider
  • 11-06-21

POOR NARRATION

STORY MADE ALMOST INCOMPREHENSIBLE BY THE NARRATION. NO INFLEXION. PAUSES IN THE WRONG PLACES.
NO DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN CHARACTERS.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 11-02-21

Monotone monotony

Substandard reader killed my enjoyment of this story. The story itself was passable. .

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  • david york
  • 05-03-22

not quite a whodunit or coherent sci-fi

jumbled story line with unconvincing characters, especially the who did it. monotonic narrative and too many ideas thrown in in an incoherent manner. lost interest 3/4 in storyline.

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  • SweetLea
  • 02-27-22

The story was ok, but terrible to listen to

The story was quite good, I enjoyed the mystery of it; but the technical language seemed out of place at times.

The worst part was the performance, it was awful! Very monotone and bland, without properly punctuated sentences so the sense was sometimes lost. I would not listen to anything read by Clifford Samuel again.

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  • Hoops
  • 02-17-22

Dark doings in space.

Another engaging, character driven scifi tale from Tade Thompson. l liked the steady pace of the story with excellent narration. Unexpected twists and imaginative scenarios make it difficult to foresee how the story will unfold. The African perspectives add to the pallet of available detail. One of my favourite authors.

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  • BGS
  • 01-30-22

Great story. Performance a bit lacking.

Unfortunately I was often lost as to which character had the current voice. The presenter needed to do a bit more work to differentiate the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

A wonderful book that everyone should read

This book juggles alot of themes brilliantly and is an immensely satisfying space whodoneit

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  • D. Davidson
  • 10-29-21

A great discovery!

A unique storyline, great pacing and well rounded characters all of which really intrigued me.

Clifford Samuel's narration was perfect.

Loved every minute of this book about to listen to it again!

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  • George Theodoridis
  • 11-14-21

Narrator problem

Narrator stood between me and this novel.
He read the words but too often his emotional inflections were out of sync with the emotional context. I imagine only those with an innate talent for narration could get away without reading once privately prior to the recording, just to get the sense of a novel and so not make such errors as, for example, pronouncing the verb 'appropriate' as the adjective. It threw me out of the story too often.