Several other reviews mention the difficulty in following this book, as the audio editors put no break between different sections within the chapters. While this makes it difficult to follow at times, it is possible to enjoy the wonderful story and excellent voice acting
The plot becomes distracted by the author's obsession with dialogue. There's just so much talking between too few characters. Worse, despite all the talking I found it hard to really relate to the characters. blahhhhhh
I could not follow book, as I got frustrated with the changes of characters and locations without any indication they had changed. Lack of indications of chapter changes pared with insufficient differences in voices between characters.
I believe this would be more enjoyable reading then listening too. I would at least know when locations or chapters ended/started.
Vocals acrross characters are too similar. There are no pauses between chapters they quickly flow into each other leading to confusion.
This is second book from the narrator that I have not enjoyed. I will have to look at the print version.
If the narrator had differentiated the voices of different characters.
If the narrator had paused between the end of a section or chapter and the beginning of the next. Because he did not do this, each new section was confusing because the new dialogue did not fit in with the previous sentences.
Never. Besides the narration, there were many concepts in the book referring to prior history that the reader was not yet informed about. While this usually adds a desire complexity to a book, there was just too much of this and from too many story lines too keep it all straight. The same is true for how the story shifted through time too much without a proper anchor point to measure it from.
I do not know.
I do not know. I only listened to about a third of it before I could not take it any longer. If I were editor, I would have greatly differentiated the voices, and I would have added a sentence setting the scene for each shift in story line, until I got used to each setting to not need it.
narrator has a nice sounding voice with good changes in accents for characters but his ability to maintain a stable volume is atrocious. his volume peaks by the 3rd word in every sentance and then drops to a whisper then mumbling by the final few words. followed by the near yell for the beginning of the next sentence. im getting a refund on this one.
You probably investigated the Relevation Space universe by now and this I will forgo an explanation of the plot other than to say it can be prodding and beautiful. But the narration is horrible. There is no coice characterization which makes listening very difficult when (1) the names are not common, (2) there is little identification of the speaker in conversation making it difficult at times to know who said what, and (3) there is NO signposting of when the story arch changes and thus you confuse two of the three stories. I can't help but think the book would have been better with a better narration.
I read this book first since it was the first in the trilogy. But there are several prequels I will try first since it seems the best reviewed is Chasm City.
Everything Alastair Reynolds has written is good, but this trilogy is essential. Such memorable characters, ships, and settings. Try Peter F Hamilton or Stephen R Donaldson (Gap series) if you like this one.
I wanted to like this story, which is why I kept waiting for some intriguing plot twist that made wading through the scientific jargon worthwhile. Unfortunately, I had to give up 80% of the way through. The flat main characters had no interesting traits, flaws or quirks; I could not care less what happened to any of them. The non-linear timeline made the tedious plot even harder to follow. There science fiction itself was disappointing in its unoriginality, having obviously cumulated ideas from most other novels in its genre.
The Story, Plot, and Character development, are first rate. Unfortunately, John Lee ranks among the most tedious, and least expressive narrators I've ever listened to, in over 2,000 audible books. By the end of every sentence, he runs out of breath , and his volume falls to the point that you have to strain to understand him.
Almost any narrator would vastly improve the performance.
I really wanted to like this audio book. I do most of my "reading", in my car. When the narration is this bad, I have to put the book away.