I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Here's the thing, it's almost as if Alastair Reynolds got tired of writing this series. He pretty much wraps up the series with a brief epilogue. Alastair could have easily written a whole book which covers the just the epilogue.
I would try another book by this author, I think this was a hiccup in otherwise good sci fi. But pigs in space, seriously? add to that some guy who founds a religion requiring giant cathedral/tank cities to slowly plod over the planet in sync with a moon so it can be witnessed to dissapear now and then is just all kinds of silly.
You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.
I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.
The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.
Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.
If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book.
Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.
Mr. Reynolds creates a fascinating world, with interesting characters and ideas. Unfortunately he left me disappointed in his story telling ability. As with the book before it, I'm left feeling like he got bored writing the book and in the end just looked for the quickest way to wrap things up. Major parts of the final story line are summarized instead of lived, leaving me abruptly set adrift, and disconnected from characters he spent so much time building up.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi entertain yourself with the incredible world which Alastair Reynold creates, just don't prepare yourself for the abbreviated ending.
I love Reynolds. I love Lee. The entire series has been fantastic. Listen to the entire thing from start to finish.
I would listen again. No friends have enough time to listen to this long book. Requires commitment.
The far reaching technologies of science fiction. Stay within our known laws of physics but push the envelop till breaking.
The love affairs.
Just You Wait
Enjoyed the book but now exhausted. Narrator did a great job. Span of time plus numerous locations plus a large cast of characters. Next time I will set up a spreadsheet so I can keep track of everybody and everything.
these books little hard to follow if you don't pay attention to the date but it is a great book series can't wait for the next one
This series has completely changed my standards for good science fiction, raising it to a level I think will be difficult to meet. Absolutely fantastic. Great story, imaginative hardcore science fiction elements, believable characters. I'm going to have a hard time finding it's equal.
If you're a fan of the series, I have bad news for you. The story of the inhibitors in concluded here, but's it's the worst resolution that you ever could have imagined. Arbitrary ideas are invoked to justify arbitrary actions which lead to an offscreen resolution and an epilogue which immediately makes the whole thing pointless. It's the worst kind of bad. It's heavy and self indulgent, tedious and non sensical with barely any characterization, a plot seemingly made of holes and inconsistencies and an ending so awful it retroactively ruins the whole series. Avoid it like the melding plague.