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.
interesting story if a bit long winded.
The recording is terrible though. Quiet and muddled voice with no gap when switching scenes.
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.
John Lee is a very good reader, for an English ear his accents are believable and consistent.
The story casually spans decades without bothering to tell us what we already know, interstellar sub light travel takes time and time dilation from near light speed travel and cold sleep all conspire to give the crews and others a very different time table.
There is an element of 'who dunit' in this, and even at the end it is difficult to be entirely sure, but I don't want to spoil it. I would like it to have gone on for just a little longer, there were questions left unanswered, though this narrative was mostly dealt with. Not really worth marking it down a point because it is a lot better than most.
The author avoids one of the worst pitfalls of science fiction, he doesn't try to explain the tech and the physics. It is as foolish for sci-fi writers to explain their tech as for a tribesman from 1800s Papua to speculate on the workings of computers. There will be better tech, it will do good things, that's all you can know. On the other hand his numbers add up. So when one of them seemed, perhaps, a little unlikely I did the calculations myself (engineer with 30 years experience in mil aerospace) and he was right. Many sci-fi authors murder the science.
This was a good trip. It contained some very novel speculations on what might be, and might be possible to construct. Right until the end I was still guessing what we should hope would be the outcome, much better even than needing to guess the outcome. And I'll leave it at that.
Both the author and reader did a great job.
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.