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.
yes, It is a good sci-fi book.
The plot builds up as the book proceeds.
Ilya, the weapons expert.
Slow start for the first 1/3 to half of the book, then it started picking up.
Although it was a little disorienting at first, once I understood the names of people and places and wide range of technology in use (technology seemed to range from fairly contemporary to several milinia or more advanced) I really loved the book. I guess it had a slight learning curve with a rewarding end. It also glimpsed some fantastic creatures and stories I would like to explore further.
While the plot becomes ludicrously complicated, this novel had brilliant world construction, some excellent characters (Volyova and Khouri are the most fun, while Sylveste is perhaps the most complex) and enough fun and excitement to keep me interested.
This book was a wonderful listen. I had read half the physical book before then lost it so it was nice to listen to it start to finish and actually finish it. The only thing that sometimes threw me off was the complete lack of break or notice that we were changing point of views between characters mid chapter. There were several instances that the narrator would finish a breath and the very next breath he'd be on a different character. Otherwise loved it.
this is one of the most complicated well thought-out intricate plots. I would suggest this book.
The universe has astonishing depth, the story twists very satisfyingly and there are great characters. The narrator does an awesome job, this is really the best audio book I have listened to yet.
But make no mistake, is tough as nails to get into. You're thrown right into the story, with 3 or more story lines in different places and timeline and the narrator doesn't even as much as take a breath between switching perspectives in the beginning. Nothing is explained in the beginning, you're left alone with strings of words that make no sense to you at that point.
But it is so gratifying when it all comes together.
10/10, can't wait for the next part.