the book that first got me into recreational reading! Loved listening to it also. Alastair Reynolds really knows his science, if you didn't know it was science fiction, it could be believable. He explains so many things, and use a lot of real science and his books. One of my favorite authors. the reader did a good job, used some accents that I wasn't expecting, but that's part of the fun of listening.
Sadly, this is the first book I could not stomach to finish on Audible. The sound editing is an atrocity. Normally I read the reviews to catch this kind of thing. But I neglected to do so this time, because the book was highly recommended. Don't make my mistake!
Seriously, you couldn't put a slight pause between setting changes or even chapters! I spent more time rewinding to figure out who or where the story was than following the plot. Unfortunately, the storyline started to jump between three characters/settings within chapters (not just between them). Normally that's not a problem, except when the story is edited as a continuous stream of words.
The performance of the reader would have good for any other normal format. But, no one could have saved this train wreck. Therefore, I gave him a good review. The story got three stars only because I couldn't finish it. I was really looking forward to this book. I guess I will just have to read this one. If you're up for a listening challenge, then try this book. Otherwise, don't waste the time or money.
Narrator has an odd way of speaking, starting loud and growing quieter on each sentence. This means that you have to turn the volume up to hear the end of the sentence but the beginning is too loud. The volume difference is almost comical, with the end of every sentence being so quiet, if the sentence is long enough it will reduce to a whisper. This doesn't seem to be a recording artifact but the actual performance of the voice actor. The story is merely OK, the narrator will irritate you.
I can really only recommend this for someone with a great deal of patience. The narrator does a terrific job, but Reynolds' prose is overblown, unnecessarily grandiose and moves at a snails' pace; one chapter was devoted almost entirely to the ship's weapons being aimed. That said, Reynolds has a knack for high concept science fiction and his characters are absolutely captivating. If you don't mind the wait, you'll see why Revelation Space is considered by many as an under-appreciated Sci-fi classic.
Pleasant, enjoyable, an easy listen with an intriguing plot. I didn't know what I was getting into at first and was a bit surprised to be reading a story about what felt like an old school aristocratic archeologist in space. Ending was surprising as well.
This book has one of the most interesting takes on interstellar science fiction I've ever seen. think of it as a bit of mass effect, fallout, and made max all blended into one.
The story is excellent and intriguing. The characters are believable and well fleshed out. Unfortunately, there are no breaks in the story given by the narrator, and on top of that, the narrator is brutally boring and distracting all at the same time. On a regular basis, he puts me to sleep.
He is incredibly boring. The only person even more boring than John Lee is my high school history teacher, and he was a man that always spoke in a dry monotone. John Lee took an incredible story and made it so boring that it is very hard to stay awake.
There are already two.
It starts out slow but once it gets moving its pretty enjoyable. Also the small number of characters make the story easy to follow.
I like a good sci- fi story just as well as anyone. This one was a tough read. Story transitions were run-on so you have trouble figuring out which characters , which timeframe, etc. Half the book is confusion, the last half, less so. Fair conclusion, but not rewarding at all
This was my fourth book from Alastair Reynolds, and I just couldn't finish it. Like another review, I do most of my listening in the car and it's impossible to keep track of everything. No scene breaks - arrrgggh!