Really really really good. This is one of the better stories I have listened to for a long time. Characters are well developed and very interesting, eccentric, strange and just alien enough to remind you they are people, but people living thousands of years from now.
The story is expensive, masses in It's scope some elements spanning millions of years I loved it from about page 100 on. For some reason I just was not carried away by the story until then, it was somewhat mundane and difficult to follow. The narration was hard to follow as well. While I love the variations in voice between each character but they were just hard enough to understand to make it difficult to listen in the car. I suggest a quieter location for listening to this book. This is the reason why I gave the book four stars for narration.
Once the stage was said, the book became quite the page turner. I had a hard time setting it down. I got lost in the expanse of the writers imagination and the method by which it was illustrated. Frankly I cannot wait to start the second book, I hope you have the same experience.
Great story, if you listen to the first ten chapters 6 times before you realize there are no pauses between scene changes. A very fast-paced book with an excellent sub-plots. But to keep up with it, you can't listen to the book at normal speed. I think this book is best read, not listened to; at least this performance.
This book should be available for hospital patients on life-support that need minimum stimulation for synaptic firing or patients with heart pacemakers that have a low battery.
I have read one of his books which made my current disappointment....
I feel sleepy just thinking about the transitions between zombies.
No go, but might watch on Netflix at bedtime to see how fast the sandman comes.
If you read only the negative reviews and believe them - then one might hear / sense etc. something that I missed.
Having listen to audible books for several years this is the first time I've been disappointed. The plot moves very slowly and the story is based on too many improbable events and manufactured science
Along with other criticisms like no breaks between locations of story, the narrator used European accents that tended to come out like soft mush, to my failing hearing, and made understanding very difficult ( it simply was not crisp enough}. I listen to literally hundreds of books, and I'm usually careful to listen to the sample first. I failed myself with this book. Probably won't be able to finish this series.
Liked his story line.
It could have been very very much improved on.
Just hard to listen to.
I thought this would be like the series "Blue Remembered Earth" and "On The Steel Breeze." It was so completely disappointing that I could not finish it. The story jumps all over the place.
The narrator is difficult to listen to because his volume drops off at the end of every sentence. It's very frustrating.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and sometimes a good horror book, I also like a classic now and then.
Top Ten in my favorites so far from audible. I think I will be getting more of Alastair Reynolds books. I'm still exploring audible.com. I like SIFI, FANTASY and a little HORROR from time to time. This hits allot of notes and it does it in a great way. I like the characters, very unique. And a smart, well laid out book.
Peter Hamilton comes to mind, thou this is a little less dense than Hamilton. But for SIFI readers who want a good size book, semi hard sifi with some well done character development. And a different story than the usual 18 year old girl finds super power plug in that is ramped right now this is really refreshing and different and in a good way.
Yes, I think it was well read. I am a little spoiled with Marc Thompson from the Star wars series but John Lee is pleasing over all. He has a semi monotone voice but he did a good job over all.
Space is Dark but your not Alone in the Dark!
Good story, no remake here. Something different. very well done.
I would describe listening to Revelation Space as a chore. I kept going all the way to the end, hoping it would get better, come together at the close with something good. It didn't. I have heard great things about Alastair Reynolds, I want to like this series. John Lee makes a valiant effort, but this book... was way more of a slog to get through than anything you could describe as an enjoyable experience.
Cons: Sub-glacial pacing, frustratingly insipid character/plot motivations, dialogue so bad and confusing that even the narrator couldn't figure out who was speaking fairly often.
Pros: Interesting universe and technology, ginormous sword for a spaceship.
I think this is a producer issue, but the transitions between POVs were very confusing since there weren't any pauses of any sort. I had a lot of "WTF?" moments, and jumping back and forth just to figure out who was speaking.