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.
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.