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Publisher's Summary

This novel is a standalone story which takes two extraordinary characters and follows them as they independently begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Their missions are dangerous, and they are all venturing into the unknown...and if they can uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel then new worlds will be at our fingertips.

But innovation and progress are not always embraced by everyone. There is a saboteur at work. Different factions disagree about the best way to move forward. And the mysterious Watchkeepers are ever present.

Completing the informal trilogy which began with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, this is a powerful and effective story.

©2015 Alastair Reynolds (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Disappointed

Disappointed compared to the previous two. I feel he message he tried to deliver was too... what should I say... shallow? over used? Anyway it's a disappointment to find out all that building up was to find the ultimate message from a super powerful alien race - the universe will eventually collapse..dont we already know that?? Also certain logics I can't follow ... "We must stop them from reaching Poseidon otherwise the entire human race is doomed! oh fuck it who cares lets just go". What happened to the sabotage plan? what happened to the "judgement of the entire race"? And every person in the book has supremely high morale standard it's annoying... Also character building was poor too, except Eunice. The protagonist Gomma simply rages at every single thing that's all. overall I feel the story was not well thought through, the ending and message was weak. Definitely lower than his usual standard. Awesome performance of the reader though!

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A great conclusion to the story

What made the experience of listening to Poseidon's Wake the most enjoyable?

The narrator is fantastic with unique vocals for each character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eunice because of the sarcasm and humor in the character and the way the narrator portrayed it.

What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

She is the best narrator I have ever listned to. I would read any book she was narating

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it is too long to be able to do so

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  • Claude
  • 17-06-2015

Fantastic. One of a kind. Different.

If you could sum up Poseidon's Wake in three words, what would they be?

Exploration. Elephants. African. Family.

Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no. quite good, but at times a bit hard to understand. e.g. too much played accent :)

Any additional comments?

If you want an action packed story look elsewhere. This is a story about people, their feelings, day-to-day interactions... Very interesting mix of hard science & nature animal story.

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  • BJXRN
  • 21-06-2015

Gets tedious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Too drawn out. Way too much uninteresting dialogue. Towards the end of the book I couldn't stomach any more.

If you’ve listened to books by Alastair Reynolds before, how does this one compare?

Other books I've read by him are better. More inventive.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator in and of herself is good - but the high pitch, squeeky, African-simulated voices get annoying after a while, espc. as there is so much dialogue.

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  • Gadget
  • 20-07-2015

Not bad, but oh so slow...

There is a worthwhile story in here, but unfortunately it's buried beneath a large amount of unnecessary padding. This is one book which would really benefit from some editing.

In particular, it seemed very dialogue-heavy, with a lot of conversations not contributing much. This was not helped by the narrator making some of the characters speak rather slowly - albeit for a good reason.

That aside, the narration was very good, and it was not hard to tell who was who.

Incidentally, I don't agree with the synopsis above, where it states that "This novel is a standalone story." On the contrary; it draws heavily on the previous two books, and if you're going to go for this one, I'd recommend reading/listening to the others first.

So to summarise: an interesting story buried under a lot of padding, with a decent narrator.

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  • Mark Brady
  • 27-07-2015

Another great listen

Loved it! Would recommend to all Alastair Reynolds fans. Just make sure to listen to the first two books in the series first.

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  • paul crowe
  • 10-07-2015

Curates Egg

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I understand the desire to create an alternate to the standard white Anglo/American focus, but not sure the African slant works for me. But the biggest issue I have is, talking elephants! Felt like a bit 'young adult science fiction' to me, and a big stretch, especially as there was little character definition and therefore it was impossible to be either supportive or antipathetic toward them. I like the usual broad span of space and time of ARs books, and the strict adherence to the existing laws of physics.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

As in other books, the ending allows many more spinoff stories, which is a good thing.

Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She was excellent and I will look out more books read by her on the basis of this.

Was Poseidon's Wake worth the listening time?

It filled up my daily commute, in that its length helped and the narrative was 'just' strong enough, but across the whole three books I think there were large chunks where I just concentrated on driving.....I don't think I missed anything critical

Any additional comments?

Alistair Reynolds is a great author but I'd rather see/hear more of the Chasm City universe (or the as yet undeveloped Pushing a Ice universe) than any more of this one. Noble attempt to change the paradigm, but ultimately the whole African/Elephant plot didn't convince me at all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2020

Good book even if not at the level of older titles

It' not at the level of Chasm City, Century Rain or other titles but still decent.

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  • Revdave39
  • 13-08-2019

A Must Read!

Fantstic trilogy with all the normal genius we expect but from a fresh new angle

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  • Vytautas Liesis
  • 16-06-2018

weird

a very weird story, as many of this author. I think I will not listen to it another time. I will look for something different. the performance though - excellent.

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  • Bernard
  • 12-10-2016

interesting, but not exciting.

If nothing else, you can tell the author had a passion for this story. It's a story about characters, not events.

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  • Mark G
  • 01-07-2015

Entertaining and enlightened

Whilst, in my view, not his best work it is still very worthy science fiction. I am also pleased that we have main characters that are not centred around white middle class men. The characters are well rounded and interesting lending this series a unique quality.
I enjoyed this last instalment the most out of the series.

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  • DENNIS
  • 27-06-2015

GALAXY SPANNING EPIC

If you could sum up Poseidon's Wake in three words, what would they be?

FARSEEING FUTURISTIC VISION

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poseidon's Wake?

THE RESCUE FROM THE WHEEL

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

THIRD PART OF AN EXCELLENT SERIES WITH AN ENDING THAT LEAVES MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

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