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!
I'm halfway thru the book. There are numerous story strands reaching out, but I've lost interest. The story is long winded and overly complicated. I may try again one day when I can give it my undivided attention, but I usually listen to these audio books in the background at work, and this story is just not doing it for me.
These accents are brutal. They are cartoonish and worse, inconsistent. I spent too much time hating the accents rather than loving the book. I also can't understand the narrator's cadence. He begins each sentence at full volume at a high speed, then reads slower at a lower volume at the end. These seem like not picks, but after 22 hours you may regret this purchase.
Great book,but better read than heard by this narrator.
I've read many challenging books via audible in the past, but I had to throw in the towel this time. I started listening to it and a couple of hours later realized I didn't have a clue what i was listening to or why. I started over from the beginning, but it simply didn't hold my attention. The narrator has a great voice, but he also narrated a book that was one of my least favourite reads, and I think that may be biasing me against enjoying this one.
After several years as a an avid Audible listener, this is the only book I've ever abandoned.
The science is more interesting than the story. Riddled with cliches. Mr. Reynolds should condense his novels into futurism pamphlets that predict technology six centuries from now. That make a more interesting read.
I bought this after reading another of Reynold's books in hard copy and really enjoying it, but I am about to return Revelation Space unfinished for several reasons.
The first is that I am finding that the world in which it takes place (the universe in the 2600s) is too dystopian for my liking when I have to 'experience' it at spoken speed. I don't think it's any worse than the world in the other Reynold's book I read, but when reading myself, I can move through the more dystopian bits much more quickly, so they are less disturbing and uncomfortable and the narrative is compelling enough for me to want to find out what happens. When listening, I am forced to dwell on the uncomforable bits for too long.
The second is that I don't like John Lee's narration. His voice is pleasant and his characterisation is good, but I listen to books while driving long distances in the country and through headphones when out walking and the variation in volume in Lee's narration means I am unable to find a playback volume that allows me to hear the soft bits well enough to understand them without finding the loud bits uncomfortably loud. In addition, this is a book that has several different sub-plots running at once with (so far) no obvious connection between them. There is absolutely no gap between the end of one 'scene' and the beginning of the next, which I find disorienting.
I certainly plan to read more of Reynold's work, but not in audiobook form.