I'd prefer not to. His voice inflection habit of getting really loud and then really soft in each and every sentence makes it difficult to listen to. If I really wanted to hear a book and he was the reader, that would not stop me though.
The production is poor on this book. That coupled with the vocal inflictions of the reader can make it hard to listen. I have found that using higher quality devices, such as a new smartphone or a desktop computer will give you a better experience. I could not for the life of me get my outdated 4th Gen iPod set up to play this where I could even stand to listen. With my Galaxy s7 equalization I have an easier time . The story is excellent. Use the right device and you will enjoy it.
Top 10: 1 Void Trilogy 2 Pandora Star 3 Fear the Skies 4 Armada 5 Magic 2.0 series 6 Ender's Game 7 Ready Player One
Best book I've ever listened to, so much so I bought every book in the rest of this Hamilton series.
It was epic from start to finish, and my heart was racing for the last 12 hours straight.
Gore, without a doubt.
Conversation between morninglightmountain and unisphere AI deciding what was most logical from two entirely different perspectives.
Likely my new favorite author for a long time, 2/3 through void series now.
I think I have a bit of an addiction to audio books. So, if you have extra credits, I will gladly take them off your hands.
Most of it. There were a lot of different characters, but I didn't really find anyone of them interesting. The cop and the hippy got me curious, but to much in between that I was bored with. And THEN, there is the READING, done by John Lee. I FOUND the volume to be really out of whack. There WAS always a PUNCH at the beginning of the sentence, THEN a Captain Kirk trailing off... at the end.
I do not fault John Lee for this, it was produced horribly. And it makes Mr.Lee sound awful. Listen to the sample at around the 2:30 mark and the 1:30 mark. With headphones on it is nails on a chalk board.
I liked Great North Road a lot, but I am a bit sour on Mr. Hamilton after Pandora. So I am going to give Outlander a try.
John Lee without the microphone on a large swinging pendulum.
Not so much the characters but the fluff I have to sift through to find them. Its a quad-decker sandwich with 2 too many slices of bread for the filling.
No, the audio levels were all over the board. I was unable to follow the story because I was too focused to trying to make out what was being said.
Hyperion cantos, for the excellent scifi world.
It wasn't exactly John Lees fault the recording itself is garbage.
If only I could understand it.
I was really enjoying this book, but the audio engineering was horrific. If I could get a refund and spend the money on a book I could actually understand I would.
I enjoy reading Sci-Fi and this book has a good mix of both. Unfortunately this book, in my opinion, needs more action and less drama. It was also very hard to follow.
I thought that this book had too much "fill" in it which made it very drawn out. There were too many needless scenes that had little bearing to the story.
John was extremely monochromatic. No inflections in his reading and absolutely no pauses in between scenes and arcs which made it very confusing to follow. i believe I would have enjoyed it more had I read a hard copy. I'm sorry but John Lee ruined the book for me.
Obviously the book needs a follow up and apparently has one but I unfortunately will not read/listen to it. The book literally falls of the edge of the world.
Not my cup of tea.
The story is very good. The universe is diverse and compelling. If you have a science fiction fan, its definitely worth a listen. Be warned, you will end up listening to the second one if you finish this one.
4 rather than 5 stars on story because I feel that the book cannot stand alone.
Great story. Huge fan of PFH. In fact I signed up for audible for this book. But it's completely unlistenable. The narrators volume goes up-and-down constantly. For those of you old enough to remember, it's like listening to a worn-out cassette tape. I put up with it for the first part of the story but had to give up. It's so annoying and uncomfortable. It constantly take you out of the story. Very disappointed. Please audible put this through a filter or something to level out the volume and re-release it.
Book is long, but fantastically imagined story and so the length is actually a plus in my view. My only slight issue is John Lee's narration which is not my favorite. He's by no means bad, but if you've never listened to him, he's almost like a British William Shatner. His loud then soft cadence makes it unusually challenging to listen to on the road, because all of a sudden it's too loud right before it's too soft to hear. That said, I eagerly purchased the second audiobook in the series.
While sometimes it feels like there are too many characters and too many storylines they all come together perfectly at all the right moments for this epic start to a series. I was worried about the complaints of too much sex in the story from other reviews but found there were only a couple instances where it was more than a passing mention. The few that were in more detail were relatively short descriptions that were not very graphic and fit well to the story so worry not IMO