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Permafrost

Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future. Master of science fiction Alastair Reynolds unfolds a time-traveling climate fiction adventure in Permafrost.  

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers, and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an ageing schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.  

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head...an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own - one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.  

Does she resist...or become a collaborator?

©2019 Alastair Reynolds (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Abysmal narration...

I love reynolds but this narration is awful. I bought the ebook instead and the story is excellent, but please listen to the sample first to see if you can put up with the narrator.

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  • Douglas F. Couch
  • 27-06-2019

Allastair Reynolds back with another good one

Enjoyed the tight tale with the hazards of time paradox. Thought provoking so I listened twice.

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  • 24-06-2019

Wow

Most believable time travel scenario ever! Narrator was terrific. Perhaps I missed it somewhere in there, but what did the note say in the altimeter?
Really great, highly recommended.

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  • Annie Armstrong
  • 19-06-2019

I LOVED IT. BRILLIANT. FRESH.

This story totally rocked my sci-fi addicted brain. I’ve listened to a lot of science fiction, and the ideas in Permafrost were fresh, brilliant, and with a totally new spin. I also loved the narrator. I love her voice, vulnerability, and power. I also appreciated that they used an authentic Russian actor to narrate this... great choice. You can really hear the difference!

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  • Drew
  • 11-07-2019

At last a descent time travel book.

A really interesting take.
Not your run of the mill time travel book.
Just the right length.

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  • MR K.
  • 04-07-2019

Not good

Dreary fake Russian accent narration married with worse Alastair Reynolds’ plot ever - not my best Audible purchase - will make effort to listen to previews in future or play safe and just buy RC Bray stuff!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-2019

Interesting but did not enjoy

It was well read but the story did not grab me. The mother's character was developed a little and left out to dry.
The recording was in one four hour chunk so was difficult to manage when I inadvertently left it running.