The minutia of what made Revelation Space and Redemption Ark good are still present, interesting ideas, vivid characters and good voicing.
Reynolds sets the bar enormously high in Revelation Space, with Absolution Gap he does not quite go far enough in answering all the questions and implications. At several of the key moments in the book, decisions almost seem to be made because the author needed them, not because the characters did. Compared to Reynolds characters of the RS and RA this was a bit of a disappointment.
The listening experience was enjoyable, as was the process of wrapping my mind around the possibilities presented by Absolution Gap. To those on the fence about listening (or reading) this book, my advice is still to check it out.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Yes. This series (including Chasm City and The Prefect) make up a 5 book story arch that is very complicated and intense. John Lee's reading adds to the overall experience and makes it unforgettable.
There are familiar elements in this story: racism, aggression, colonialism and petty rivalries woven within some great scientific backdrops such as String Theory and Relativity Theory. This is what makes this series, and this book so compelling. If you enjoyed the series, you will enjoy this book. It is a great conclusion to the series, and moves at a much faster pace than Redemption Arc.
He is probably the best narrator on Audible. Just fantastic in how he can create memorable voices over a long story. Awesome job.
There were several horror elements to this book that I thought were great, and put a dark spin on some story aspects. This book seemed a bit edgier than previous entries in the series and it worked well.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons and Peter F. Hamilton I think you will be as engrossed in this series as I was. This is not a light story. It is heavy at times, intense and can be very complicated (at times maybe too complicated for its own good). But over all it is excellent and sets the standard for modern Science Fiction. Highly recommend.
I found the ending a little anticlimactic but the journey was great. I suppose I need to keep on reading this series.
I struggled with continuing with this book. It was multifaceted, and until I was three quarters through the book, did I get a glimmer of understanding.
I felt there was a lot of rhetorical information presented, and the narrator's inflections did not help me understand the difference.
I bought this book because of all the positive reviews, but decided they had more brain processing power than I have!
I found this the be the best work by this narrator in the series so far.
The story structure feels very formulaic by this point in the series, but I nonetheless found it to be an engaging and enjoyable listen.
In the preceding book Redemption Ark, The protagonists were racing to get the awesome weapons to fight 'the Wolves'. Willing to kill anyone who got in their way.
In this, the next book in the the series, the protagonists spend 7-8 'years' (With the 'Wolves' consuming planets, suns, and destroying whole star systems like crazy) working to infiltrate a heretical church, just to get permission to look for a giant weapon inside a nearby gas giant. The church that owned the planet and gas giant did not even own a starship. The ship the protagonists were in was the most advanced ship in the possession of all mankind after the rest got destroyed by the wolves. The ship was invisible even to the vastly technologically advanced 'Wolves'.
They could have just gone to the gas giant and taken the weapon, and the stupid church could not have stopped them! But instead they spend 8 years wasting time infiltrating this church, all the while the wolves could show up at any time and destroy the gas giant weapon, the amazing ship, and the stupid church. The whole book was a stupid waste of the protagonists time and mine!
This book was a horrible ending to a great book series! I am getting my money back!
The narrator John Lee is great.
I love John Lee. In fact, I only know about these books because he read them. But he takes one of the main characters - Nevil Clavain - and completely changes his accent/speech structure and thereby changes the character that he performed so well in Redemption Ark.
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.