The story narrative is highly convoluted, shifting amongst plotlines very rapidly and multiple times within a same chapter. Making a slight longer pause would greatly help in order to grasp that the continuing lines are from a different storyline. I had to rewind constantly to grasp where any particular storyline stopped and a different continued. I think the balance between the science explained to kind of explained to not explained at all is off. Sometimes it tries to explain too much, others not at all, on events that are proportionally inverse to the relevance on the story.
After reading everything by Peter F. Hamilton that I could get my hands on, I found Revelation Space inferior in character development, plots and narrative. The book is very cerebral, and while I don't mind that, it seemed to go on and on. Even the action sequences were a bit cerebral. I found myself not caring about any of the characters. John Lee is my favorite narrator of all time and his performance is stellar. The complaints about how the story shifts without a pause is justifiable. Whomever edited the audio is to blame for that. I will not continue with this series and continue to search for an author who can rival Hamilton.
In summary, hard scifi with a multicultural cast of characters in a twisting storyline that was hard to follow, at least for this midwest American, due to the narrators dedication to capturing each characters accent. I wasn't sure if i was listening to scifi, or eavesdropping on a philosophical conversation at a café in Paris. (the narrator also had a tendency to drop to soft voice at the end of each sentence, leaving leaning into the speakers going "huh?"
I've been trying to finish this book for two years. Although the science described was often complex, I'm no stranger to the hard scifi genre. I think it was the combination of quantum mechanics and expansive vocabulary (Scrabble anyone?), read in a French/Russian/Tamil/Jamaican/Slytherin accent. How would I even know if i knew the word if i wasnt sure what was even said... let alone follow the story.
In fairness to the author and narrator, I tend to listen on 1.3 to 1.5 speed. (there are way to many s l o w narrators.) This was not a book for that speed. After several failed attempts I dialed it down to 0.9 speed, adjusted the equalizer to vocal, and pushed through. Why? Because it IS an intriguing story, to the point that i poured over the world in Wikipedia. (also to figure out ehat was going on) And once I i got used to the accents, it was almost ok. He really is talented with voices.
The story was slightly plodding in nature, but could have been my frustration.
Anyways, mixed score for me. YMMV.
didn't like this book specifically the performance.. boring the accent of the reader was .
After listening to my first book by Reynolds enjoying it alot I decided to use a credit here. The story seemed quite interesting, but the narrator butchers this. I may attempt to give it another go someday, but this is tough. I will need to start over and try not to get lost again. It needs to be listen in a short time span in long time frames in order to stay on track, hopefully.
the audio: John Lee does a great job but feel like whoever mixed the audio could have left a slight pause or simple tone to denote all the scene changes. Had to rewind a dozen times or so to keep track of what was going on where. Not that it would matter with all the redundancy in dialogue.
The book: a slight step above your basic science fiction books. Could have used another go at editing. Has a good bit of repetitive exposition coupled with some ham handed character interaction. Inconsistent social norms expressed throughout the book. ie oh we kill people so many people all the people death death death but oh no were above killing people no one will kill anyone of course were so smart la la la la. Predictable scifi cookie cutter approach to the story line and characters. Could go on bashing it but I won't since for some reason it still kept pulling me in. It didn't fall for excessive adjective use like some of these types of books do to paint a good mental image. Kept me entertained while driving so will give the next book a go in hopes the writing gets better.
I was excited about this book. I'd been reading about it for months and eager for some unique, interesting SF. I circled it for weeks before finally buying it. Nine hours in I quit. Narrator John Lee's repetitive sentence delivery and cadence lull the listener into distraction and boredom. There are poor accent choices given to characters. The breaks in location and scene are not delineated which leads to confusion. The story is filled with good ideas. But it's impossible to absorb any of it due to the failure of the reader. And the desire to hear what happens next is severed by the awful reading. I'd rather listen to Dick Hill read the phone book. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS AUDIOBOOK.
Traveler and writer of strange tales. AKA The Editor's Gadfly
I found my self confused about who was who and where they were. The plot it's self was good. I was invested and wanted to see the end.
YES, you will so enjoyed this story you will have to read several of this set.
Feeling to the people in this story.