The Inverted World

  • by Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by Steven Cree
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A uniquely powerful novel of a society in decay. On a planet whose very nature is a mystery a massive decrepit city is pulled along a massive railway track, laying the line down before it as it progresses into the wilderness.
The society within toils under an oppressive regime, its structures always on the point of collapse, the lives of its individuals lived in misery. No one knows where they are going, why they are going or what they will find when they get there. The ending of the novel provides one of the most profound twists in SF.

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Love this book - always have

I read this book when I was a child and it has always stayed one of my favourite science fiction stories. OK, so the physics, engineering and biology are complete bobbins and thoroughly inconsistent - BUT- it takes a bit of thought to come to that conclusion (personally I think the author painted himself into a corner with an idea and couldn't work out how to fix it - hence the twist(s) - I would so love to fix it :) . However, the main drive of the book is the sociology and the 'closed society' / secrecy / coming of age / revelation by discovery and conflict theme - and this is just excellent. The reading voice is superb too, I wasn't quite sure that his accent would work, but it does and I'm very pleased with this rendition of a personal favourite. One really really irritating issue: Audible, PLEASE don't put introductions to books that give away major plot points. In this case you are told things in the intro that you REALLY shouldn't know - they don't destroy the plot, but they do take away some of the pleasure of discovering things WITH the main character(s). SKIP THE INTRO and come back to it - Adam Roberts (intro writer) - you should know better, would you like it if the twists in your books were given away?
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- Sean

I'm a fan, so am prepared to forgive!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this title with caveats! There is so much to love here, the world is incredibly well-realised and the writing extraordinary, as you would expect from the man who wrote The Glamour and The Prestige. But, I would advise caution, you won't get a perfectly wrapped up ending that satisfies, none of his books do that really, it's best to accept at the beginning, you're along for the journey, and it's a wonderful and extraordinary journey.


What did you like best about this story?

The writing and the world-building. It's a terribly claustrophobic society and I felt myself as frustrated as the people who populate it.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

the revelation!


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- Jenny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios