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Elysium Fire

Inspector Dreyfus
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds' most popular characters - this is a fast-paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge.

One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday...and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on....

Alastair Reynolds has returned to the world of The Prefect for this stand-alone SF mystery in which no-one is safe. The technological implants which connect every citizen to each other have become murder weapons, and no-one knows who or what the killer is - or who the next targets will be. But their reach is spreading, and time is not on the Prefects' side.

Read by John Lee.

©2018 Alastair Reynolds (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Great Follow-up from the Prefect

This is the second book in the series following The Prefect. Set in the Revelation Space universe, it is a murder mystery, where Prefect Dreyfus has to stop the mass killing of citizens across the Glitter Band. Extremely well written and performed.

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Don't do accents

Story is great but a struggle to listen to when the performer decides to put on caricature clipped accents.

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Good stuff, a little more ponderous than usual

I love all the author's books. This one wasnt the best. It had great ideas but suffered more than usual from dull characters and side stories with not much happening in them. It still gave me enough reason to keep going with the series. I feel like the glitterband is a potentially rich location for wacky storytelling but we aren't really getting enough from this book. Jon Lee was outstanding as always. Just an epic dystopian voice. It is a little detracting when character accents change between books, but perhaps this is hard to avoid.

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Dryfes, dumbest detective ever

Dryfes Book 1: gets told by conjoiner who has seen future that there is an inevitable plague coming. lets loose a hostile Ai. Plague arrives. Dryfes: must be something to do with extreme sports

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Enjoyable but limited

I always enjoy Reynolds' books, and the Prefect Glitter Band 'Prequels ' have been an interesting perspective on the Golden Age of Yellowstone. However... I find the narrator's voice and accent strange and distracting!!!

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  • MJK
  • 14-03-2018

Worthy sequel for The Prefect (aka. Aurora Rising)

Panoply related stories are considered by Alastair Reynolds somewhat claustrophobic entries in Revelation Space universe. I agree with this statement, though both of them are well crafted as exciting crime mysteries stories. For Alastair Reynolds fans it's a must read, while for the others it may be a good point of entry to the franchise.

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  • Roy
  • 23-07-2020

Everyone has the same pompous, halting voice.

ok but drawn out story, narrator does every character in same pompous, halting tone. probably supposed to be abject condescension but got to the point that I could be bothered with the last 30mins.

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  • A. Busu
  • 22-04-2020

John Lee is John Lee but Alastair Reynolds is more of the same

It’s not a bad book, but feels more like an expansion pack. Doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, nor do our characters grow in any meaningful way. The twists and turns are also extremely obvious or don’t pack any punch. The universe it takes place in is interesting and thank goodness for John Lee’s awesome narration which makes it a good read.

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  • Matej Gagyi
  • 17-10-2019

Well, the best sequel you can get to a sci-fi

With Aurora rising Reynolds began to describe the Bell epoch of his Revelation space. it was fascinating... and plausible! With this new sorry, Reynolds brings more complicated human and machine interactions into play. By picturing Aurora as a childish personality, almost like if she's acting on a whim, brings down the all the unnecessary ceremony associated with mental ascendancy. While in the meantime, almost normal people seem to be enjoying... their adult games, they always play. What is exactly the difference between childhood, adulthood and how it relates to personal choices we make? I am sure, I don't know anymore!

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  • AndyMackenzie
  • 29-01-2018

Not his best

This was enjoyable but not one of his best. I enjoyed the familiar setting and characters. I enjoyed John Lee”s narration as usual but i felt most of the characters sounded similar to each other. Better differentiation in the Prefect.

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  • gsw_cortexiphan
  • 21-02-2018

Disappointing narration, still great Reynolds

I usually absolutely love the John Lee narration, but he's changed the accents of all the main characters apart from Ng: Sparver, Dreyfus, Aumonier, Clearmountain and Bowdry now *all* sound like snooty aristocrats drawling through their noses. It's hard to tell them apart, but also this is the accent Mr Lee usually applies to irritating bad guys, so now everyone other than Ng sounds like an arrogant, bored toff. I'll keep listening, because it's Alastair Reynolds and it's Tom Dreyfus et al., but I hope the narration improves and the story is Reynolds' usual magnificence, not another Terminal World. Edit: I got used to the accents, but couldn't help hearing Sparver in his old accent. The story is brilliant, though a question (no spoilers) remains unanswered/ambiguously so – perhaps it's deliberate, in true Reynolds style...

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  • Michael
  • 23-02-2018

Good Story but why change the voices?

I usually love John Lee reading Alastair Reynolds books but as another reveiwer has ponted out, in this title he has completley changed a lot of the charaters voices since The Prefect which is set only 2 years earlier. For me Sparva is the worst example of this, he used to soind gruff, with an attitude but now sounds like a posh aristocrat rather than a Hyperpig Prefect.

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  • Fredrik Andersson
  • 25-04-2018

It's just too slow

The universe and story is kind of cool but the book is just too slow with never ending dialog.

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  • Mr. M. Edwards
  • 21-04-2018

A joy from start to finish

It's been a while since I was absorbed in a book as much as this one. It's far better than the first book (The Prefect as was) and a cracking mystery by itself. Recommended.

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  • James Trimble
  • 03-04-2018

More of a detective tale than pure sci-fi.

All round a good production, as always with Reynolds you need to stay alert, a nice mix of genres and I'd like to see another in his series but then again I'd like to see many more books by the author.

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  • Saoirse
  • 21-02-2018

Another masterpiece...however the voices...

Reynolds can do no wrong in my eyes, and I found it easier to absorb the intricacies of his world with audiobooks. I just couldn’t get on with this narrator however. He uses a certain dry-humour tone to all the characters, as if everything they’re saying is sarcastic and droll to them, and it really started bothering me as more characters got introduced and I found I didn’t always know who was talking. A great voice actor I just wish there was some diversity.

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  • K. Rumph
  • 17-02-2018

Excellent world building sci-fi combined with a twisty detective story

I’ve read other A Reynolds stories but this was my first listen on Audible. I enjoyed the story as above (great Sci-fi world building continuing from earlier stories in this universe, The Prefect, Chasm City etc which might help but aren’t essential) and the combination with a detective story. The narrator was entirely clear and the different characters voices and accents probably do help to differentiate speakers, but the pace was a little too deliberate for me. Four not five stars for Mr Lee

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  • Andy Ciesielski
  • 24-10-2019

Brexit in space

Starts off with a lot of similarities to Brexit and Farage could be Devon Garlin. Fortunately a happier ending than Brexit.

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  • Phil
  • 22-05-2019

Great story and performance

A great sequel to The Prefect, the story keeps you guessing right until the end. I enjoyed the performance, which suits the story well.