A good book, up there with some of the best story wise, but almost the worst narration I have heard. There are many, many books that have much better narration and it would be nice if they would ditch this guy...
Revelation Space has a grand scheme in mind, like an Asimov series, but also gives you characters with some depth, and leaves you wanting to know more of their back-story, like some Heinlein novels.
John Lee starts every sentence with an exclamation and trails off to an almost inaudbile wisper at the end of every sentence. This makes it very difficult to listen to, especially if you are in a car, as you have to put up with a very loud first word just so you can here the next six.
You'll want to hear how the story pans out, but this bit hear and bit there story telling style gets tiresome after the second book in the series.
Haven't read the print version but i can't fault the audio performance at all.
Ana Khouri was a total badass so ill go with her
It was clear without any annoying mispronunciations and enough feeling to draw you in at dramatic moments.
Laughed a few times but it was more awe inspiring in scope than emotionally charged
Will definitely be purchasing the next in the series
Revelation Space is among the better audio books I've listened to. John Lee does a good job bringing each character his/her own voice. He does tend to lean towards the Slavic/Russian accents, but I figure that has more to do with the characters themselves.
Its complex in that you really are listening to three distinct and separate stories till the very end. Watching the characters collide with all the inevitability and force that's built over the many hours of listening was truly gratifying. It wet my appetite for the next installment.
Reynolds does an excellent job adding character to the Lighthugger "Nostalgia for Infinity". I loved the scenes aboard it.
I don't think it could be filmed.
I have bought several books by Alastair Reynolds. I have several performances by John Lee, but this is by far the worst performance by John Lee that I've heard. The sound levels go all over the place, the background changes, his timbre changes. It really detracts from the performance. Put plainly, it's not up to his normal standards.
It was poorly executed - it really needs to be redone.
Yes, I think the series could be made into a space saga,
I like authors like Richard Morgan and Peter Hamilton. Someone recommended to listen to Alastair Reynolds, supposedly similar style. This is his second book that I can not finish (the first I actually forced myself to complete), but I give up on this one, it is not worth the suffering. Thought there are a lot of people that liked the book, so it must be my personal taste.
The Alastair Reynolds/John Lee combination is rapidly becoming my favorite. Even after nearly 200 audio books, I haven't found anything comparable to this series.
Alastair Reynolds creates an incredibly realistic, hard sci-fi universe. His characters and antagonists (which are totally unlike anything you've ever seen) work in plots that often span centuries or even millennia.
John Lee, of course, continually delivers fantastic performances of dozens of characters that stretch across the books.
My only small quibble is that you can occasionally pick up where recording sessions start or stop when the audio quality changes. Although this is usually fairly subtle, it still enough to attract attention away from the story.
If you're a fan of hard sci-fi, from Peter F Hamilton to Michael McCollum, do yourself a favor and give this series a try.
The story is complicated with lots of names and terms to learn in the beginning. The narrator's speech was difficult to hear in the car. Not a good combination. We stopped after the first hour or so in frustration. I think the story may be interesting, but too difficult for our purposes listening in the car on long trips with this narrator.
Seems rather dystopian to me, which I generally avoid, but overall still a good story. My only real complaint is with the narrator. The different portions of the story when switching from character to character, and chapter by chapter have little to no space between them, causing one scene to bleed into the next. This is likely how the publisher compiled the audio and nothing the narrator was doing. Also much of the storyline is, by necessity, non-linear, due to an inability to travel faster than light.
In this future it seems as if all of humanity has switched to a feudal or tribal system. (It doesn't specifically say this, but that's how it appears to me.) You never hear about any major governments or even long term alliances. The best technology was developed centuries in the past(ship engines, cache weapons), and the knowledge of how it even works is lost. Most of the existing tech is capable of maintaining itself, so it's still working. There's a lot of nano tech (which is not lost tech), but much of it is compromised by the Melding Plague, a cyber-nano virus who's origin is explained in another story of the same universe. Most technological development has been arrested. A person can spend decades away from a planet and return with little technical change.
Here's a couple of definitions that will make the story easier to follow, without giving anything away. There are Jugglers, or Pattern Jugglers. These are massive lifeforms that encompass whole planets, or at least the oceans. They are essentially ancient massive organic databases, with some debate on how conscious they may or may not be. They can store any kind of information, including whole minds, organic and electronic.
Shrouds or Shrouders. There are multiple Shrouds, area's of highly localized energy and gravitational anomalies. Artificial in nature, their purpose is unknown.
The eighty. In Chasm City there's a shrine to these people. They were the first to try to scan their brains into a computer(which is now common). The scanning process itself was imperfect at the time, and killed them.
it was a disappointed end, suddenly i didn't get the plot most of the story was in a ship very complex story to follow it had many different characters.
I should have liked this book: hard science fiction with deep future looking stories. Advanced alien intelligences beyond our own. All the things I loved about Pushing Ice. Where did this one go wrong?
With a heavy heart, I blame the narrator John Lee. Hs work on Pushing Ice and Pandora's Star was good, but he goes overboard with accents on this one. Sylvestre, his father and his retinue are all descendant from French/Chinese colonists. The accent Lee develops for this strange mix is eclectic, to say the least. If a minor character spoke in this way, it would go unnoticed. Regrettably the major characters of the book all speak in the same, cheesy pseudo-Parisian manner. I found it created a wall between me and the characters to whom I was already having a hard time relating.
I think Alastair Reynolds deserves a second chance, and I will probably push on in this series. I might try to find it read by another narrator, though.