I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!
Personally I can't keep my attention on this book. I don't know if it's the readers voice or the story it's self. I have tried and tried but I have no idea what this book is about. Things are dragged out in the story and the readers voice, no emotion to it. I have stopped this book so many times because I lose interest in it.
Not to me. Too long, too confusing and boring.
I really like Peter Hamilton. One of my favorite series.
I like that they have a detective thing going and a space navy thing going and another guy exploring other planets ... etc. all at the same time. It all fits together.
Not sure if I listened to this guy before.
The best thing since Avatar.
Must read / listen.
I found the book had a good story line but the author really drug things out in very detailed descriptions of things. Too detailed and I found myself saying, "ok let's get on with the story". As for the narrator, he is very distinct in reading but very little differentiation between characters and you had to really try to concentrate which character was really speaking. Overall I found both tedious.
The book started out with some really good character hooks, the discriptions of locations and the technical gadgets were well written and easily visualized. A large part of that was from the high quality and profesionalism of John Lee. My major complaint, and it greatly damaged my appreciation of the story, was by the ending. You fall off the end of the World! In a word it is STUPID!
I love the original ideas about faraway worlds, and distinctive characters, and the tension that builds and is finally released to great effect.
I like the scale of the story and the unique perspectives, from larger-than-life characters, diverse venues, and bizarre aliens.
My favorite scene was the Prime first contact on Dyson Alpha.
Definitely was hard to put down.
Looking forward to the subsequent books in the Commonwealth series!
If the story had been coherent and flowed at a reasonable pace.
A fantasy novel
I would have cast anyone else! John Lee didn't leave enough pauses between character changes, so it was hard to keep up with the story.
Honestly, I found it to be boring. The story was decent, but the pace and narrator were sub par.
What was expected, what was hyped, and what I got were very different things. This just wasn't a good listen.
First of all, the book has the worst ending I've ever witnessed. A peripheral, deceased character magically re-appears and inexplicably murders his best friend, then two of the main characters simply fall off the edge of the world and... that's it. What!? Yes.
Secondly, this book suffers from verbal diarrhea. Hamilton never met a sentence, paragraph or few hundred pages that he didn't like. It just goes on and on and on. His core plot is decent enough here and there, but repeatedly chases so many irrelevant side stories and characters that readers/listeners struggle to keep up with who's who, where and when and what their mini-plot happens to be. And most of them fail to tie back into the main plot in a meaningful way. I kept hoping it would get better and be some sort of pulp-fiction, it all comes together at the end sort of experience, but no. Stupid ending to a unnecessarily long and schizophrenic, jumbled mess.
Hamilton should have hired an editor and had somebody teach him how to write an ending, or at least a bridge to entice readers to want to pick up the next tome.
I would have cut 700 pages from this rambling odyssey.
That being said, the narrator did a good job with the voices and characters. It was a spirited reading to a sub-par and unworthy text.
reader needs to pause after a change in areas. some many times he reads after a break with our breaking. difficult to follow. Peter F hamilton did a poor job at making breaks then starting again and not introducing the start of a new part!
I've read this book in paperback so many times that it finally came apart. I had to get the audible book so I could enjoy it again. Great narration! Makes me want to see the two part books turned into a movie. If someone actually bought the script for Jupiter ascending then surely...
I usually don't listen to fiction, so this one was a bit of a leap for me. Well written, well read. The story line is a bit predictable but Hamilton does it well, and seems to base his story line on a "factual" basis, in that he stays within most of known physics. For an SF writer his characterizations are pretty good. Worth the listen on long drives, for sure.