Century Rain

  • by Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-20th-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.
Somewhere on this alternate planet is a device capable of destroying both worlds at either end of the wormhole. And Verity must find the device, and the man who plans to activate it, before it's too late - for the past and the future of two worlds.

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What the Critics Say

Century Rain fuses time travel, hard SF, alternate history, interstellar adventure, and noir romance to create a novel of blistering powers and style.” (SFRevu)

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Customer Reviews

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Best so far.

I have listened to most of the Alastair Reynolds titles available on Audible, and will listen to the couple that remain for me. This one I left till later as I didn't quite like the description and thought it might not be for me, I was very happily proven wrong. I love John Lee as a Narrator for this Author and as he has been consistent throughout this Authors titles it is very comforting for me to come back to him. If you have enjoyed previous titles by this Author and Narrator I think you will be very happy with this listen, if you haven't tried any yet then this one is a great introduction to them both. Great story line, I thought half way through I could see the entire plot laid out before me but I was completely wrong. Best listen in a long while for myself, loaded with Sci Fi and gumshoe detective in Paris in the 50's. sounds mad, but it really is excellent!
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- Martin

Space Opera collides with a twisting Whodunnit

A Private Eye team who are really musicians in a not-quite-right 1950s Paris with a case that isn't quite what it seems, and a future Paris archaeologist whose trial turns out to be an elaborate ruse to send her in to an increasingly dangerous mission field. Hold onto your hats for the twists and turns of the unexpected in this loveable mystery novel.
This is something quite different from Reynolds normal fare, at least to start with, and my initial scepticism turned more and more to delight as the story unfolded.
It's not the greatest reading (French accents can be difficult to do), but who cares - rollicking story.
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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-07-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio