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
people who would buy the kindle version might find the story enjoyable. this audible version is inaudible. the narrator either shouts or whispers, nothing in between.
the narrator either shouts or whispers, nothing in between.
this is so annoying.
I would produce this book again with another narrator, or try to somehow normalize the sound.
my money back please.
I'm writing a second review after having been through the whole book. Starting from chapter 3 or so the voice tones are more normalized, making the book truly enjoyable.
This is a great novel. I almost returned it because of the awful audio issue, but I figured out the solution. Currently, if you download the entire novel as one, the volume levels are so out of whack that you will be distracted and frustrated at least once every 30 seconds. However if you download the novel in it's smaller parts, you will find the audio more as it was meant to be. John Lee does a good job here; it's too bad that the audio was such a struggle.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Science Fiction Masterpiece
Several things....First it is complex with at least 8 different story lines running parallel and inter-weaving with each other. This makes the narrative interesting and requires a level of attention that engrosses the reader into the Commonwealth Universe. Second, Hamilton's writing style is very straightforward, which supports a style where the narrative is the star. And finally it combines hard science, politics, detailed description, action, interpersonal relationships and philosophy. Similar in sweep to Dan Simmons's Hyperion Series but more straightforward in terms of exposition.
Great job, A plus. At times some of the characters sounded similar and I have to make sure I was keeping track. However with this many characters I am not sure how he could give each one a memorable voice. There must be at least 50 characters within the 8 stories. He does a great job.
Impossible but I have one minor quibble. Within a chapter there may be 4 separate story lines. Audible should have taken a 5 second pause between these. It requires additional attention to make sure you are shifting your attention from the Ozzie narrative to the Second chance narrative (for example). This is not a show stopper but listeners should be aware so they don't get confused.
I am hooked. I will finish this series, but I realize its a lot. Possibly the best contemporary Sci Fi I have read/listened to date. I was initially scared off by the size of this book thinking it must be over bloated. Boy, was I wrong. This is a complex interesting story that entertained me for hours on end. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the series. Great stuff.
The scope and environment of the universe that Hamilton builds. Since finishing the Hyperion Cantos, I've had a difficult time really enjoying sci-fi. Simmons just set the bar so high with that series. Hamilton delivered with Pandora's Star. I'm really looking forward to continuing the series.
The world / universe building is wonderful. It was a pleasure to sink into the Commonwealth universe and just let the imagery and concepts take over. This was one of those stories that you find yourself day dreaming of between readings.
There's a pretty sizable cast in this book, but Lee seemed to fall back on about 3 voices, which made it really difficult at times to follow along during dialogue heavy passages. I made good use of the 30-second rewind button in the phone app... too good of use. Additionally, on the production end of things, there were no pauses at transitions between chapters and sections, which, combined with Lee's narration, made it extremely difficult to tell where one character/scene/storyline ended and the next began. Much confusion. More 30-second rewinds.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
Yech! Not a good sign when I get halfway through and don't feel like finishing the book. The only way I finished it was because I felt a sense of obligation to the credit I spent.
The narrator is an overly dramatic English version of William Shatner if it were possible to get any more overly dramatic. I increased the narration speed and still this book was nearly interminable. It's about 6 good hours lost in 37 hours of convoluted nonsense. The book constantly meanders from this (forgettable) character to that (forgettable) character. It attempts to cram too many characters and too many situations into one story. Oh, and aliens are out to destroy us all. One and done. If you want sci-fi done great (perfect even) get Hyperion.