I have not finished this book yet. I can say that the story so far is engaging. However, I do not care for this narrator. He starts each sentance by speaking quickly and loudly, then begins to speak more quietly, becoming harder to hear, as he completes each sentence. As I listen to most books in my car I have found that I have to have the volume painfully loud (for the beginning of each sentence) in order to hear the end of each sentence.
The description of technologies and future worlds is good. The author has obvious skill.
I would have increased the pace of the story - chapter after chapter describing the recruiting of a gunnery crew member. Chapter after chapter describing the politics of digging up an ancient civillisation's artifacts. Its all a bit stretched and dubious. The characters are all a bit nebulous and could do with some sharpening up.
Whilst the narrator has perfect diction and a nice voice he drones through the story. He RANDOMLY adds emphasis to words in each sentence to add variety, but this just serves to annoy. Then he trails most sentences away into a whisper, so that you can't hear what he's saying unless you turn up the audio level. But if you do that, his constant loud PUNCHING of random words in each sentence hurts your ears. You can't win. And of course other reviews have already mentioned the similarity of accents used for characters. And of course other reviews have also mentioned the fact that there are no pauses between sections so it takes you a while to figure out the scene has totally changed to a different planet mid-paragraph. Its bizzare - does nobody oversee these narration recording sessions and spot these beginner mistakes? Study the guy who narrates Iain Banks novels for a true master.
Half way through the book, running out of energy, hoping it picks up steam.
The story is somewhat interesting. It has intrigue. But the narration / production falls way short.
No, unless you are able to perservere thru the story. I got halfway thru it and it wore me out and I gave up.
I don't know. I would tend to avoid him in favor of someone less grim in his style. The ends of sentences are hard to catch. The french accents, even though they had french names, was laid on a bit too thick.
The story is somewhat interesting. The problem is, it jumps from one location/scenario to another and back, and it becomes hard to keep track of the character names and roles. This is made worse by the narrating / production. There are no pauses / transitions from one part of the story to another. All of a sudden the narrator is talking about an entirely different scene, leaving me to sort out what is going on. Combine that with thick accents given to many of the characters, and I found this a tiring listen. I gave up halfway thru the story, and am much happier listening to something else.
Alastair Reynolds creates a believable universe and weaves a great story through it. Alastair's writing style is vibrant and colorful. The imagery is vividly created in the mind of the listener. John Lee has a wonderful voice and John's mastery of novel reading enhances the book.
While it is highly impractical to listen to a story for the length of time required for this reading I was dissapointed every time I reached my destination and had to pause the story.
Read all of Alastair Reynold's works. The order is not that important although they all exist in a similar universe with some similar elements woven through.
When I first began listening to "Revelation Space," I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it. It took off a bit slowly, with the opening scene centered on an archaeological dig. But, much like the work's emblematic lighthuggers, once this book picks up speed, it really flies, and I found myself compelled to keep listening 'til journey's end. What at first seemed a confusing tangle of high-tech terminology and a dense thicket of historical events gradually merged into an understandable and cohesive universe, where man and machine are seldom easy to differentiate. Reynolds' Revelation Space universe is one of dazzlingly advanced but theoretically plausible technology. At no point did I feel that he had introduced the kind of "handwavium-powered" tech that so many science fiction authors are guilty of. The plausibility of Reynolds' technological marvels likely stems from his 12 years as a scientist with the European Space Research and Technology Centre, part of the European Space Agency. His expertise infuses the work and results in the gratifying marriage of mind-boggling technology and plausible physics.While the separate characters and plot threads took some time to gather momentum and to converge, by the end of the book they had entered a helical death spiral toward a stunning and climactic collision. Reynolds weaves thought-provoking tech, character development, dialogue, and plot into a compelling take on the 25th century human condition. Hard-sci and space opera fans alike would do well not to miss Reynolds' "Revelation Space."
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I'm not sure if this is a good book because of Reynolds' writing, or if it's a good book because John Lee is narrating... but either way, it's a good book!
This is a complex story with frequent scene changes. Most print books use multiple line spaces to indicate scene changes, and many audio books I've listened to indicate this by extended pauses. This does not happen here. The narrator doesn't slow down at all except at chapter ends. I spent a lot of time rewinding, to pick up on changes of scene. I'm not sure I got all I could have out of this book by listening to it. Maybe, should have read a print copy.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I don't want to give the impression that this is bad, but compared to House of Suns, or Pushing Ice, it's just not as good. John Lee is okay as narrator, but virtually all voices sound alike, so you need to pay serious attention, or you'll be lost. There are more books after this one that take place in Revelation Space.
I have read over 100 audio books, most from Audible. This is perhaps the worst. The storyline jumps in and without any background. After hours of listening, it is still going nowhere, attempts to be overly scientific and ranks very low on my estimation. The narration is abysmal. The narrator is unable to fabricate the different characters with any voice other than a combination of Russian and French. It is virtually impossible to follow the names or the characters because of this. I have never heard anything worse. I want my credit back - I will not read the rest of the first book, nor any of the others. It was frustrating and annoying, and I'm an engineer in the space program.
Set the stage and give people normal names that are easier to follow when listening. The stroy line drifts and jumps without warning or assemblage once the jump has been made.
NEVER!!! The narration was awful!! All the characters, men or women, all sounded like some awful combination of Russian and French. Terrible.
Could have - could not stay with it to see if it ever went anywhere
Give me my credit back!!
I couldn't wait to listen to all the books.
But after a little while by this Narrator I just couldn't take it. I'm sure the story line must be OK, but it was narrated like a dull history class! They should screen narrators to make sure they can tell a story not just read it.