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Absolution Gap

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Revelation Space, Book 4
Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate.

But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.

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Great story with considerable drag

The continuing plot of this story was epic and happening and interstellar and had a decent main character. The main plot had some pretty huge concepts. This saved the book from its detractors, being a snail-paced main plot (literally) and a main female character with absolutely no personality or character to speak of, and very little to actually do. I wish the new concepts were more explored, because I felt we were dragged a long way for something big and it was a little anti climactic.

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Great conclusion to the Inhibitor Trilogy

This book completes the series of Revelation Space and Redemption Ark. By this stage in the series humans are being hunted down by the inhibitors and can only run and hide. They have the opportunity to possibly ally with another species to save themselves, but it is a huge risk.

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John lee ruined Clevain.

John lee is a great narrator but his attempt at an American accent is just awful, please stop.
Clevain was British in book 3 bit now apparently he's from Texas and was repeatedly punched in the mouth.
It's so bad, whyyyyyy?

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Fantastic Continuation

After listening to book 3, I didn't have the highest of hopes for book 4. After reading it however, I found my doubts dashed and my hopes for book 5 higher than ever. It's on par with book 2, my favourite so far.

Oh, and congratulations to John Lee for remaining my favourite narrator.

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enjoyed

a good finish to the trilogy, although it seemed to end fast like it was rushed. worst part is it left me craving more of the story.
still a great trilogy.

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  • Chris
  • 09-02-2018

Reasonable story ruined by accent changes

For some reason John Lee decided to totally change certain voices (Clavain in particular) for this book. It totally ruins the listening experience as you feel like they are different characters. To make matters worse he's given Clavain an American accent and he isn't very good at it; sometimes it's a southern drawl sometimes is a different American accent and sometimes it's English. He's also changed Scorpios voice, but less dramatically.
It's a shame because the series as a whole was good; this amateur decision is seriously irritating. Once you've given a characters a voice then stick with it...

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  • Yevgeny
  • 28-11-2012

Too much left to the imagination

All three books do a great job at starting plot lines and describing minute details of the world, but in the end they all fizzle out. The reader is left to extrapolate the story from the established trajectory for themselves far too many times.



John Lee's narration is, however, somewhat improved over the previous 2 books.

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  • Neil
  • 27-07-2010

Great start awful endings

I have listened to this entire series, and whilst the worlds and characters are well visualised, The author spends a vast amount of time describing walking and sludge yet skips over intense and pivotal battles and key plot climaxes. So despite a promising start it lacks an ending or closure. You are much better off with Peter Hamilton if your tastes run to space operas

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  • Steven
  • 26-11-2009

Good to be back.

I just started reading this book after reading the two previous books. It's nice to be back with an author who takes his time, lets characters develop and doesn't play silly buggers with physics for the sake of plot. These are slow burn books and you cannot be in a hurry when you read them but they reward you this one has a really nice sense of foreboding from the start.

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  • Mr S A Corbishley
  • 28-09-2009

Ends with a whimper instead of a bang

After listening to the previous two volume I decided to persevere in the hope that the authors grand vision would finally be attained, unfortunately my faith was misplaced.

Very much weaker than the first two volumes the plot makes little sense, the final confrontation is almost pathetic in its non-event.

The trivia and obsessive detail drives you mad long before it ends, many questions are left unanswered and the few that are are answered weren't worth the wait.

Highly disappointing, unfortunately I really can't recommend this book to anyone, it promises much but fails to deliver on almost all levels.

It genuinely feels like the author ran out of ideas and had no plan on how his story was to finish, very unsatisfying.

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  • Vytautas Liesis
  • 12-06-2019

Not the best

I must day that this book, as many others from this author, is not the easiest to listen to. though the idea behind the story is fairly original.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2019

Waste of time

The epic space battle I was looking forward to, after persevering with the earlier books, didn't arrive until the epilogue, and then it was just a couple of sentences!!! I was so disappointed.

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  • andrew elder
  • 18-11-2018

one of the great sci-fi novels of all time

loved it all. majestic ideas, powerful weapons and enemies abound. an all time great book.

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  • J. Koski
  • 09-09-2018

Story is nice but...

There are many good starts in the story but they dont have a worthy ending.

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  • Penny roche
  • 05-09-2018

Excellent!

sorry it's finished. Eclectic mix of religion, war, science and space opera. Highly recommended conclusion to the series!