I thought this would be like the series "Blue Remembered Earth" and "On The Steel Breeze." It was so completely disappointing that I could not finish it. The story jumps all over the place.
The narrator is difficult to listen to because his volume drops off at the end of every sentence. It's very frustrating.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and sometimes a good horror book, I also like a classic now and then.
Top Ten in my favorites so far from audible. I think I will be getting more of Alastair Reynolds books. I'm still exploring audible.com. I like SIFI, FANTASY and a little HORROR from time to time. This hits allot of notes and it does it in a great way. I like the characters, very unique. And a smart, well laid out book.
Peter Hamilton comes to mind, thou this is a little less dense than Hamilton. But for SIFI readers who want a good size book, semi hard sifi with some well done character development. And a different story than the usual 18 year old girl finds super power plug in that is ramped right now this is really refreshing and different and in a good way.
Yes, I think it was well read. I am a little spoiled with Marc Thompson from the Star wars series but John Lee is pleasing over all. He has a semi monotone voice but he did a good job over all.
Space is Dark but your not Alone in the Dark!
Good story, no remake here. Something different. very well done.
I would describe listening to Revelation Space as a chore. I kept going all the way to the end, hoping it would get better, come together at the close with something good. It didn't. I have heard great things about Alastair Reynolds, I want to like this series. John Lee makes a valiant effort, but this book... was way more of a slog to get through than anything you could describe as an enjoyable experience.
Cons: Sub-glacial pacing, frustratingly insipid character/plot motivations, dialogue so bad and confusing that even the narrator couldn't figure out who was speaking fairly often.
Pros: Interesting universe and technology, ginormous sword for a spaceship.
I think this is a producer issue, but the transitions between POVs were very confusing since there weren't any pauses of any sort. I had a lot of "WTF?" moments, and jumping back and forth just to figure out who was speaking.
Completely overhaul of the audio production, editing and mixing, assuming the narration was recorded in a form that would make a difference. Increase the time between the transitions from the cuts to different scenes within chapters. It took me a long time (and reading some of these reviews) to figure out that there was virtually no silence between switching from scene to scene, which caused an extreme amount of confusion and it was very jarring. Also, love John Lee as a narrator, but either the mix down or the direction or his choice of voices caused me further confusion. There definitely is way too much bass in the mix, which made it confusing as to what character was speaking, but the French/Transylvanian Vampire accents were not all that differentiating either. Chasm City (which I'm almost done with) is FAR FAR superior. Also, I would agree with others, that Chasm City would be a better introduction to this universe.
This was my first introduction to Alistair Reynolds. Big fan of Dan Simmons, Peter F Hamilton and speculative science fiction in the distant future. I love the universe he's established. Other have written other, better reviews. My focus (above) is 100% on the production quality. Really detracted from the story, flow, understanding and characters.
a different narrator , French accent hard to listen to, if that is what that is.
just not a master of language with out a nasty accent
No, seems that the content had not even a close relation ship to real, I know this is fiction, just so much difficulty understanding the narrator I could not form am mental image of the story. I like to experience the story for the life distraction it represents.
would like the money back to spend on a different book
Would not recommend due to the narration. Perhaps the hard copy. I think there was an interesting story here but I missed much of it.
The narration made this book almost impossible for me to understand
1. The accents are pretty corny compared to most other books i have read/listened
2. Lack of differentiation between scenes
3. The narrator (John) emphasizes the start of a sentence by making it loud, then gets quieter and quieter until the end of the sentence. Often by the end of a sentence I cannot hear the last 2-3 words. I have the volume up on my device all the way. This drove me nuts!
I have read 37 books from audible so far and have not had difficulties such as those listed above with any of them
The performance by the narrator in this book is the same as every other performance I have head by John Lee, very monotone, no way to distinguish characters and no breaks/pauses between scene's or chapters.
I thought the story in Revelation Space was good, but it never really grabbed my interest the way some other books have. Exploring alien civilizations through archaeology was an interesting and cool take on alien encounters, and this was enhanced by the mysterious disappearance of said aliens. However, the possibility of present danger based on the aliens mysterious demise didn't really build that much suspense for me. I 'read' most of this book via audiobook, and I stretched the book out over several months. I'm not sure if that somehow changed my perception of it or not.
I have listened to House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds and I honestly enjoyed that one a lot more.
Absolutely! I have listened to several sci-fi books narrated by John Lee and I love the vast majority of his narration. In fact, I occasionally browse Audible solely based on books he's narrated since I like him so much.
That being said, this is my least favorite performance of his (I feel really bad giving only 2 stars). I appreciate his attempt to add authenticity to the book by using French accents to go along with the French surnames. However, since most of the characters have French surnames almost all of them have the same accent. This leads to less differentiation between characters than in many of his narrations since he voices many of them very similarly. In addition, faux French accents can be enjoyable on the occasional character, but I quickly tired of them when they made up a huge chunk of the dialogue in the book.
Other reviewers have mentioned sudden jumps between one character and another during scene-shifting points (which happen often). This is likely due more to poor production that any fault in the narrator. I went into this book with the knowledge that this could be a problem based on previous reviews. It is definitely noticeable and annoying, but I disagree with previous reviewers who felt it let to confusion about who's perspective you are currently following. While the shifts are sudden, without any pause, I could immediately tell what had happened based on contextual information. So while it was annoying, it didn't seriously detract from the story in any way.
I felt that the story in Revelation Space was fairly self-contained. Since the narrative never really grabbed my attention I don't feel the need to read a second book. However, I do plan to continue the series just to see if it improves.
While I initially didn't like this book I am reserving judgement until I have listened to more books in the series. Sometimes a series gets off to a rocky start.
I have enjoyed a number of Alastair Reynolds' novels but not this one. I tried to start it twice and gave up within a chapter or two both times. I don't know if it is the story or the narrator. During extended dialogues, I lost track of who was speaking because of the lack of distinct voices or even accents.
Second, in written form some authors use a blank line or two between scenes contained within a numbered chapter. That scheme is used in this novel. Then the narration pauses for a few seconds between scenes to signal the listener what is occurring. That is not used in this recording. Suddenly, a new scene has started without any notice; and sometimes without sufficient change in story that the change is not realized for several lines.
So, with a different narrator and editor, this might be a book worth listening to. Or it may just be one of those books that is easier to read than listen to.