I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...
The author exercises a strong imagination in creating an interesting universe within which a hard sci-fi space opera unfolds. While it took a while to become fully immersed in the story, I found it ultimately worthwhile.
Unfortunately the audio edition of this book is not well edited. As noted by other reviewers, there are scene changes with no audio queues to accompany them. These are manageable but certainly detract from the listening experience. In general they can be identified by which characters are present, but occasionally a scene change occurs without even initial narrative queues to recognise it by. In these situations I found I had to mentally replay the last 20 seconds and re-process them in a new context. This was quite aggravating, as it meant I couldn't just relax and enjoy the story.
I will listen to the next book in the series.
No. I think once is enough.
In an audio book, a cornucopia of characters works less well than in a written book, especially if these characters bear exotic names. Maybe it's premature dementia, but whatever the reason, for me it doesn't work.
I don't know. John Lee has an annoying habit of starting a sentence loud and then quickly decreasing his volume to an almost mumble. This can work in a completely silent environment but in a noisy environment, like a car or a train, this has the effect of only hearing the first words of a sentence, and guessing the rest. Alternative is to play it so loud it hurts your ears.
None in particular.
Every sentence started off at good volume, but the narrator swallowed the end of each sentence so that it was hard to understand. Consequently, I had to turn the volume way up so that I could hear the end of each sentence, but that meant the beginning of each sentence was extremely loud. I enjoyed the book but the narration was extremely annoying to say the least!
Some sort of excitement in the storyline. It drones on fact after detailed fact after fact...
I may try but I mainly purchased this for John Lee's narration voice but without a good write behind it, it wasn't worth it.
Narration was the only thing that kept me from returning this title immediately.
Even a good narrator can fall for poorly written books.
Not bad, the hard sci was good but a little too sophisticated for me.
It seemed to fall a little flat in the later chapters.
I am not sure if it is the narrator or the story itself, but I just wasn't hooked. I had to start over twice in hopes that I had missed something that would grip me and pull me into the story. But I never found it. After about the first third of the book I put it down, and I haven't picked it up since. I always feel terribly guilty when I leave a story un-ended like this, but I didn't have a choice. I really suggest you listen to the preview before you purchase this book.
The printed book - yes. The audio....maybe not.
Yes, as long as he never again used the "Count Dracula" voice. This strange sounding vocalization would have been excellent if he used it for only one character - not all of them! As a result I found it a great distraction and rather painful to follow the story. I was actually happy to arrive at the end without losing my mind.
The story is beautiful and thought-provoking. John Lee is normally a wonderful narrator but for this particular performance he ruined the experience by the compulsion to use a weird Romanian cosmonaut accent - for nearly every character in the story.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.
The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.
John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.
Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.