The Engineer ReConditioned

  • by Neal Asher
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mysterious aliens...ruthless terrorists...androids with attitude...genetic manipulation...punch-ups with lasers...giant spaceships...what more do you want? A collection by the author of Gridlinked, The Skinner, In the Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, and The Voyage of the Sable Keech.

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What the Critics Say

"Asher will definitely appeal to connoisseurs of sophisticated adventure-oriented science fiction." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Readers with a taste for dense, high-concept science fiction will find much to admire in Neal Asher." ( The Washington Post)

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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Sci-Fi Storytelling, need more of this !

If you could sum up The Engineer ReConditioned in three words, what would they be?

Old school, humorous, engaging.


What other book might you compare The Engineer ReConditioned to, and why?

Its a tricky one, I think I would be drawn towards sci-fi/fantasy books I read as a child/teenager, Asher walks the line between both. The first story was quite stark and reminded me of Alien the movie (not a bad thing). After that it cheered up a bit, and amongst other things, for me it actually conjours up images and experiences of playing borderlands and fallout 3 PS3/Xbox games, in that the storytelling at times is tongue in cheek and pokes fun at conventions. It also has the classic god-like space traveller appearing throughout its stories, leaving me wanting to read more of these books to learn more about his origins.


Did Todd McLaren do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Generally alright, the best thing I can say is his voices never got in the way of the story, which probably means actually he did a pretty good job.


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

Difficult to answer because its a collection of shorter stories. but I'll try :0The Universe, Re-Engineered


Any additional comments?

Yes, I listen to my audiobooks on the move either on foot or in the car, and often am not able to eperate my generic audio playing device. This means I need clear audio breaks to signify the ending of a story and the start of the next. There were times listening to this when i was thrown with the abrupt conclusion of a story wandering into the start of the next which is why I scored the performance down (so not a reflection of the reader per se). A real shame as otherwise I probably would have scored this a 5.

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- Bodosa

Excellent Asher

As with every Neal Asher book, this is completely marvellous from start to finish. His short stories are always readable and give us extra insight into life in the Polity. Others are stand-alone and we are even treated to an Owner story.



My only complaint is that I don't understand why an American reader was chosed for this, as the books are written by a British author. Having to listen to Todd McLaren call Golem 'Gollums' is incredibly irritating, amongst many instances. If the wonderful William Gaminara was not available, were there not other British readers who would have done almost as well?
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- Elaine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios