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The Voyage of the Sable Keech is the second book in Neal Asher's Spatterjay series, following on from The Skinner

Sable Keech is a walking dead man. Was he resurrected because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus, or it took place late in a tank of seawater? Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants more – adulation, power, control – and will go to any lengths to achieve them.

An ancient hive mind has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it merely want to obtain the poison 'sprine' that is crucial to immortality? Erlin, still faced with the ennui of immortality, is interrupted by an angry whelkus titanicus, and begins a strange journey.

Deep in the ocean the Spatterjay virus has wrought a terrible change that will affect them all. Something long-dormant is breaking free. And Sniper, its Warden, finally receives his new drone shell. It's better than his old one: powerful engines, more lethal weapons, thicker armour. He's going to need them.

©2009 Neal Asher (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Great performance spoiled by production error.

William Gaminara does a fantastic job of reading Neal Asher's 'Spatterjay' novels - 5+ stars for him. However, a really basic production error seriously detracts from the listening experience. Quite simply, there are no pauses between 'scenes' or changes in the narrative perspective. As a result, unless you're really concentrating hard, it's easy to lose the flow of who is speaking or whose aspect of the story is being developed at any given moment. Frustrating because it would be SO simple to fix - a couple of seconds pause between each section and everything would be fine. I can't imagine this will be addressed which is a real shame - seriously detracts from the enjoyment of the reading to the point where I won't bother with book 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-2017

Wonderfully detailed xeno biology.

Some reviews opined that the book was difficult to get into or difficult to follow the story line and there were times that I agreed. In the whole of you want a rewarding ecosystem then you have to put up with a bit of background. This story was a wonderful way to do this. After the untimely passing of Iain M. Banks I have finally found an author that can craft a universe. I will miss The Culture, but Mr Asher has provided a rich universe to discover along with some very undertaking Minds. Room101, Penny Royal, Thirteen, not to mention the incorrigible Sniper.

If you're new to Asher don't start here.

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  • Geminii
  • 27-04-2016

I like his other work but I couldn' get into this

I just couldnt get into this, I'm not sure if its because I started with the second book.

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  • My Idoru
  • 31-03-2015

Crab Sandwich

Where does The Voyage of Sable Keech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best tales of daring do I've listened to

What other book might you compare The Voyage of Sable Keech to, and why?

In a class of it's own!

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

William Gaminara gives a consummate performance. He brings the characters to life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If war is hell, Spatterjay is a perfect location!

Any additional comments?

Gonna get me some more crab sandwiches.......

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  • 24-10-2021

A great follow up to the Skinner

Good narration and a very exciting story. Most of the main characters from the Skinner are here with some great plot twists. I am looking forward to the final volume of the trilogy Orbus

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  • Mac Man
  • 16-07-2021

Good book, medium narration

I love the detail, world-building of Neal Asher’s Polity books, and this didn’t disappoint.

I give the narration only four points though. I loved his use of accents, especially the Welsh accent for golem, but his mispronunciation of a few words irritated me enough to knock off a star. Petty of me perhaps.

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  • Petteri
  • 24-03-2019

Nice but not exceptional

Its Asher quality, but it seemed little overlong. Least engaging of the Spatterday series for me.

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  • Huw Evans
  • 22-07-2015

An excellent sequel

Where does The Voyage of Sable Keech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

up amongst the highest

What other book might you compare The Voyage of Sable Keech to, and why?

It can only compare with the other books in the Spatterjay series.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The taking over of the Sable Keech; shades of Queeg.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Huge enjoyment at the completeness to the world in which it is set.

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Answering questions like this is not a review but on the offfchance I may win a sound system I can live with it

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  • Bodosa
  • 05-06-2015

More classic Asher goodness

Was a great continuation of the original story - set 10 years after the Skinner - with the right amount of change to Spatterjay life to make it a plausible return Oceanside to the planet.

Hooper humour was there as always a long with many familiar faces. Apart from one obvious twist the story weaves its way to a big finish once again, couldn't stop listening as I reached the finish.

I don't know if it could be considered as good without having first read The Skinner but who apart from a corrupted war drone would consider reading book 2 first !

Already bought book 3 which is the best compliment I can give it.

Since my trip to the little Flint am definitely now a fully reincarnated Asher fan !!!

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