China Mieville creates an incredibly rich world populated with interesting characters and creatures. Very decadent and character driven (at least for the first half). John Lee's narration and character voices are also great.
Reminiscent of "You Bright and Risen Angels", but far more detailed, and tightly structured. Narration was brilliant, and perfectly fitting.
Plenty of monsters (including some all-to-common human personality types), and very complex anti-heroes.
Goes beyond horror
China Mieville is an extremely talented author whom has created a rich world, full of interesting characters. Having read the book prior to listening to it, I found that the listening experience was amazing as the slower pace gives my mind more time to visualize. I think first time listeners may need to stick with the book for a bit as a lot of the backdrop unfolds as the story progresses. The wait is well worth it as the setting of the story is as interesting as the plot. The characters are engaging and the plot is complex and engrossing.
I hope that the two sequels are released on audio as well.
With regards to the narration, John Lee is one of my favorites.
Someone once said that in sci-fi or fantasy your audience can accept one or two completely unbelievable things in any scene as long as everything else is done as realistically as possible.
Peridod's problem is that ever scene has about sixteen unbelievable things it. If they where the same things from chapter to chapter you could eventually get used to them but nearly every chapter introduces a brand new bizarre concept that you have to learn and remember.
All are well done and interesting on there own but they are never on their own, they are always just one piece of a wild picture.
After a while I just got overloaded with strangeness and mostly disengaged from the characters and plot. I think perhaps if 3/4 of the characters hadn't been animal human hybrids or even if they had just been the same kind of hybrid I would have been okay but their are literally thirteen different races in this story all with major parts.
I am a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy and have no problem with outlandish worlds filled with alien races and magical machines but in most books they stop through new things at you at some point and let you settle down and enjoy the story. Peridido never does that, right up until the end you are being introduced to new races and technologies at a pace that I found to be always just a little to far ahead of what I could relate to.
Not a bad book by any means but I was never able to fully connect with it and by the end I was forcing myself to go on listening.
Total immersion in a world rich in believable and and ever so unique characters. Wonderful plot lines, pacing is good narration is fabulous. 24 hours long doesn't matter to me a few minutes repeat here and there, I have to say I didn't even notice. Come to this book from China Mieville The City and The City, also with John Lee; also fabulous. If you're a fan of Asimov's Foundation series or Hobbits on general dive right in.
This is the first book by China Mieville that I have listened to. The man can paint a story with words like no other! 5 Stars John Lee (this narrator is one of the best). The story is very engaging and imaginative. It is more fantasy then sci-fi but I didn't mind that too much (not a huge fantasy fan). This book does not have a fairytale ending and there are a few areas that are a little loose. The author seems to have a problem ending the story effectively as some things were not wrapped up neatly enough - similar to the way that Neal Stephenson ends his stories - on and on a little... I will still listen to more of his audiobooks as he has a superb way with words.
I don't know if it is the speaker or the story; probably a combination of both, but for me the story was AGONIZINGLY boring and morose despite the plethora of bizarre imaginations. -Mieville has many unique phantasies and ideas - but I could not fiinish this book. It was hard to understand the reader's theatrical pronunciation and the world of Perdido Station is stuffed full of violence, ugliness and pointlessness.
An excellent book and excellent narration. One of the freshest novels I have read in a long time, chock full of imagination and intricate world building.
While I agree that Audible's files are flawed, this is not a forum for tech support. Contact Audible directly.
I've always enjoyed John Lee's narration of Peter F. Hamilton's works, and I really enjoyed "The City and The City". So yes, I'd try another book by either.
What troubled me as I worked through the book was that John Lee's voice kept making me think I was "reading" a Peter F. Hamilton book, and I was constantly being disappointed by the descriptions of things and the level of detail in the book. Then I'd remember it was Mieville and would cheer up again for a while until, once again, I'd realize that I was disappointed. I ended up with about 4 hours left in the book and just turned it off to listen to something else. It just didn't grab me at all. I don't want books to make me work to stay interested. Mieville's other books have kept me enthralled, so I'm not sure what happened here.
Literally like nothing I've read before or since. It was staggering when I read the novel and now, years later, I'm impressed with the audio book. John Lee does a great job imparting emotions to the characters and brings a wonderful gravitas to the narration. I could feel the grit of New Crobuzon, smell the construct steam mingling with the strange smells of xenian cooking. top notch baroque fantasy.