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.
Narrator was just too boring for me. I couldn't get into it, and based on the other reviews I really wanted to like it.
I liked the narrator. I enjoyed his voice and thats all I liked about the book
I ended up just letting this book be background noise, and only then through half of the first download. Perhaps if I actually read the book where I could continually read over what I just read it might be better. since I did audible at work that was not really an option. I truly wish I had not wasted the credit. I read the reviews and got much the same views but some said the second book was much better. I felt I couldn't go to the second without the first and here I am with quite possibly bleeding ears. I am now going to delete said book from my library.
Great science fiction.
Peter F. Hamilton's "The Temporal Void" for its vast reimagination of the future.
Can't answer this without delivering a spoiler.
Well worth weathering the slow points.
Found this book difficult to follow at first, (well almost to the end). It was difficult to tell who was who, when characters were changing or if the location changed. Had to keep replaying portions of the book to keep track.
The ending was ok but not as epic as hoped for.
If book two is like one I'll read the paperback.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
I like a twist as much as the next reader, but when EVERY SINGLE PASSAGE is weird and unexpected, it just makes for a confusion. When I want a PUZZLE, I get a rubbick's cube. When I want to hear a STORY, I buy a novel.
The first book I read in this series was "The Prefect." It was a tough listen in the beginning. Not because it wasn't any good. Quite the opposite, the problem was that I had grown accustomed to performing some other task at the same time that I was listening. I simply could not do that with this series.
Like "The Prefect", "Revelation Space" provides and expensive series of character sketches and plot movements that are so detailed that you have to pay attention. Alastair Reynolds rewards you for that attention, with a well crafted trip through time and space where you slowly learn all of the players and don't truly understand all of their motivations until a climatic explosion at the end.
John Lee's narration complemented the story. But there was a problem which I believe is actually a hold over from the writing of the book. The books are an ensemble of characters all moving towards some event or mystery. So unlike (for example) Charlene Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels where there is a central character whose point of view you follow, there are multiple characters whose point of view you follow when they are the central character. This happens sometimes within the same chapter. In a book the change can be noted by some kind of break. When you are just listening, if you don't notice the shift in voice (and yes the shifts are there in content and speech patterns) you tend to get confused and misinterpret what is happening.
This is a great book if you want to think and have something that actually grabs your attention. If you are just looking for action through Science Fiction, you won't make it through the first five chapters.
to the entire series so far, I'm impressed, I initially felt this novel was out of place. It felt like I was missing a piece of the story. I was it came later, which was difficult the first pass through, but well worth getting through the first few in the series. Coming back and listening to it again gives you more perspective on the story, though there still felt like it was giving too little depth to some areas, and far too much in others. A good read, if you're willing to commit to the series.