Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I'm not sure if this is a good book because of Reynolds' writing, or if it's a good book because John Lee is narrating... but either way, it's a good book!
This is a complex story with frequent scene changes. Most print books use multiple line spaces to indicate scene changes, and many audio books I've listened to indicate this by extended pauses. This does not happen here. The narrator doesn't slow down at all except at chapter ends. I spent a lot of time rewinding, to pick up on changes of scene. I'm not sure I got all I could have out of this book by listening to it. Maybe, should have read a print copy.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I don't want to give the impression that this is bad, but compared to House of Suns, or Pushing Ice, it's just not as good. John Lee is okay as narrator, but virtually all voices sound alike, so you need to pay serious attention, or you'll be lost. There are more books after this one that take place in Revelation Space.
I have read over 100 audio books, most from Audible. This is perhaps the worst. The storyline jumps in and without any background. After hours of listening, it is still going nowhere, attempts to be overly scientific and ranks very low on my estimation. The narration is abysmal. The narrator is unable to fabricate the different characters with any voice other than a combination of Russian and French. It is virtually impossible to follow the names or the characters because of this. I have never heard anything worse. I want my credit back - I will not read the rest of the first book, nor any of the others. It was frustrating and annoying, and I'm an engineer in the space program.
Set the stage and give people normal names that are easier to follow when listening. The stroy line drifts and jumps without warning or assemblage once the jump has been made.
NEVER!!! The narration was awful!! All the characters, men or women, all sounded like some awful combination of Russian and French. Terrible.
Could have - could not stay with it to see if it ever went anywhere
Give me my credit back!!
I couldn't wait to listen to all the books.
But after a little while by this Narrator I just couldn't take it. I'm sure the story line must be OK, but it was narrated like a dull history class! They should screen narrators to make sure they can tell a story not just read it.
Narrator was just too boring for me. I couldn't get into it, and based on the other reviews I really wanted to like it.
I liked the narrator. I enjoyed his voice and thats all I liked about the book
I ended up just letting this book be background noise, and only then through half of the first download. Perhaps if I actually read the book where I could continually read over what I just read it might be better. since I did audible at work that was not really an option. I truly wish I had not wasted the credit. I read the reviews and got much the same views but some said the second book was much better. I felt I couldn't go to the second without the first and here I am with quite possibly bleeding ears. I am now going to delete said book from my library.
Great science fiction.
Peter F. Hamilton's "The Temporal Void" for its vast reimagination of the future.
Can't answer this without delivering a spoiler.
Well worth weathering the slow points.
Found this book difficult to follow at first, (well almost to the end). It was difficult to tell who was who, when characters were changing or if the location changed. Had to keep replaying portions of the book to keep track.
The ending was ok but not as epic as hoped for.
If book two is like one I'll read the paperback.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
I like a twist as much as the next reader, but when EVERY SINGLE PASSAGE is weird and unexpected, it just makes for a confusion. When I want a PUZZLE, I get a rubbick's cube. When I want to hear a STORY, I buy a novel.