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.
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.