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Shadow Captain

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Series: Revenger, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Summary

Returning to the universe of Revenger, award-winning author Alastair Reynolds delivers another thrilling tale set among the stars.

Two sisters ran away from home to join the crew of a spaceship. They took on pirates, faced down monsters and survived massacres...and now they're in charge. 

Captaining a fearsome ship of their own, adventures are theirs for the taking - and there's hoards to loot and treasures to find in the darkest reaches of space. But the rules are also more relaxed out on the fringes, as they're about to discover....

©2019 Alastair Reynolds (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"A swashbuckling thriller - Pirates of the Caribbean meets Firefly - that nevertheless combines the author's trademark hard SF with effective, coming-of-age characterisation." (The Guardian)

"A blindingly clever imagining of our solar system in the far flung future." (The Sun)

"A rollicking adventure yarn with action, abduction, fights, properly scary hazards, very grisly torture and even ghosts of a sort." (Daily Telegraph)

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A very middling book in the series

Whilst the first book was an interesting start this was a little dull in comparison. The odd pirate language combined with the science fiction setting which in the first book was unusual just becomes irritating over a the length of two books and there really seemed little overall redundant. Definitely okay rather than good.

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Got interesting towards the end

The story is interesting but is far too drawn out.. That said it got interesting towards the end and I’ll probably end up listening to the next one.

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Disappointing

After the excellent Revenger this sequel is a bit disappointing. Too much info dumping at times and the plot stalls for too long on the run down space habitat. Still the pacing picks up near the end and left me looking forward to book 3.

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great but went too far with the spit sounds

really enjoying the book but the amount of spit sounds for Mr Glimery are pretty excessive. I don't need to hear that spitty sound every 10 words

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Quite good

Quite good continuation altough sometimes the desisions characters make seem a bit stretched. Othet than that the world od baubles and sun-jammers is beutifull as always.

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Half a story

I've been a devoted follower of Alastair Reynolds' work since the Revelation Space trilogy, but his recent novels have increasingly lacked depth and content in terms of plot. Shadow Captain is a particularly bad example of this. Very little actually happens in this book, and the most important element of the main narrative is handled in a very rushed fashion in the last two hours of the narration and left unresolved. This has clearly been done to set the story up for an obligatory third book, but this novel could easily have been half the size, or the whole story resolved in one book. On the plus side, Claire Corbett's narration is very good, with a versatile range of characters on display.

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the correct question

survival is where it starts and by the end the secrets of the universe become the target. Top narration.

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Poldark in Space

This tale was difficult to listen to because of the West Country / Mummerset accents imposed on the characters. I can interpret The Archers as well as the next bloke, but the sudden variation in tone an volume throughout dialogue meant continually fiddling with the the volume control. What I could understand of the story made it OK.

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Excellent!

Another excellent book from Mr Reynolds and a great follow up to Revenger.

Tip-top narration by Ms Corbett, who leaves me in no doubt that she is a pirate in real life hehe!

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Cor blimey guv!

Forking shirtballs! I'm biased, I know, being such a fanboy but darn it this is objectively a thoroughly Pukka tale.