a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
A little longer than the book really needed to be. Plus, it seemed to be channeling RR Martin in the number of storylines in the book, that lacked conclusion in book one. While I appreciate authors want to make money by publishing books, please as good as the writing in this book is, it should have concluded more of the story lines, vs, making the reader wait for book two.
The narrator should have allowed for an additional half hour to be added to this already lengthy book and slowed down. At points he sounded like a speed talker and never gave any break or indication when switching between story lines. As if this weren't bad enough, it sounds like this was recorded and engineered using a fisher price tape recorder in a gasoline station bathroom. Levels are never constant and it practically gave me a headache listening to it. The story was interesting but I gave up listening after 3 hours. I just couldn't take it anymore.
This was the first Peter Hamilton audiobook I have listened to and am currently listening to Judas Unchained, the second book in the series. There are a lot of characters and plots running concurrently with a lot of changes between plot lines. This is a challenge since I typically listen to 15-20 minutes at one sitting and keeping track of the plot line I am currently listening to can be difficult. I spent a lot of time listening to sections of the book more than once.The production of the book and the lack of clear breaks between plot lines also makes this a tough listen.Hamilton does a great job with character development and the performance of John Lee is good, even though he does confuse a few character voices during the reading.Overall, a good book that's worth the time and money.
I love the story, and I plan to buy a Kindle version of its sequel. The narration is extremely poor with each sentence read in exactly the same cadence. The narrator starts each sentence quite loudly then trails off as if the sentence is of no importance. He does not group the phrases, making some paragraphs completely unintelligible.
The story is tried and true.
I think the publisher should find a narrator who loves science fiction. This narrator sounded bored and uninterested, and as a result I will avoid any book narrated by him.
I plan to buy the sequel, but it will be in print form.
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
Yes it takes a long time to introduce characters but if you want to know them and understand why they do the things they do, it's a must. So much of the first part of first book makes you at times want to say, ok already just get on with it, but I didn't write it so I had to be patient. I am very glad I had the patience, the book is worth it. It has about everything one could ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy. Lots of technical stuff that isn't always understandable but makes sense anyway; the good guys and the really bad, nasty guy..struggles by the under-dogs over the rich and powerful. If you can just give it your time you will be happy with where Hamilton takes you: On an interstellar space ride that sounds like way more fun than the best roller coaster made! Where do I sign up?I'm definitely ready for the second part!
BTW, don't know what problem people have with John Lee. He is one of the best narrators I've heard in my 3+/- yrs. as a member of Audible, and I'm not alone thinking this. I believe the main problem is that the recording quality isn't the best, Audible or Author?? I don't know, but Lee is spot on as always. The sound seems to lose volume in parts that make it difficult. I'm hoping the second book has a better quality, but happy Lee is narrating.
The story has merit - messes with fundamental physicals somewhat, but that is artist's prerogative and it yields some nice plotlines.
The reader has the most disconcerting habit of attacking every sentence, almost shouting the first few syllables, and then settling into a more leisurely pace and volume for the remainder, sentence after sentence. I found it intrusive.
On the whole quite entertaining - though I suggest you listen to a sample before you commit to the whole thing.
Story not engaging and narrator speaks too fast. His accent only makes this worse.
Spoke too fast and accent was hard to understand
disappointment...it was expensive
May I exchange