I'm new to science fiction in general and Alistair Reynolds in particular. The universe he creates is complex, original, dark and gloomily political. Prepare for adjectives like 'malignant' and 'repellant' to run throughout. It ain't feel-good escapism, but I wouldn't classify it as dystopian either. As an astrophysicist, he clearly knows a lot about the workings of the universe, and this knowledge provides a solid foundation for his imaginings of the future. Good science, great epic story-telling, and I especially enjoy his female characters. The guy's got chops. I highly recommend this book, as well as 'Pushing Ice', which I also recently read. Alistair Reynolds is for me!
The narration was off.
The story was boring from my perspective, but I'd certainly recommend giving it a shot if you like sci fi... Perhaps it was just not my flavor.
Meh that's difficult to say. Each character sounded like a gothic vampire.
No! But I'm going to give it another shot in a few months.
Some interesting sci fi elements.
Ditch John Lee. And the cuts between the sections are way too short. It's often very confusing and jarring.
A different reader, or a more low-key John Lee. John Lee is best when he's not chewing the scenery. His reading of this novel -- in my opinion -- is way overwrought. There's not an "r" out there that he won't roll for several seconds. Obviously he does accents well, but this reading serves John Lee, not the story. I don't know anything about him personally, but I'm willing to be he LOVES to hear his own voice.
Thank you, Alastair Reynolds. No thank you, John Lee.
I just don't get the John Lee worship.
I have not finished this book yet. I can say that the story so far is engaging. However, I do not care for this narrator. He starts each sentance by speaking quickly and loudly, then begins to speak more quietly, becoming harder to hear, as he completes each sentence. As I listen to most books in my car I have found that I have to have the volume painfully loud (for the beginning of each sentence) in order to hear the end of each sentence.
The description of technologies and future worlds is good. The author has obvious skill.
I would have increased the pace of the story - chapter after chapter describing the recruiting of a gunnery crew member. Chapter after chapter describing the politics of digging up an ancient civillisation's artifacts. Its all a bit stretched and dubious. The characters are all a bit nebulous and could do with some sharpening up.
Whilst the narrator has perfect diction and a nice voice he drones through the story. He RANDOMLY adds emphasis to words in each sentence to add variety, but this just serves to annoy. Then he trails most sentences away into a whisper, so that you can't hear what he's saying unless you turn up the audio level. But if you do that, his constant loud PUNCHING of random words in each sentence hurts your ears. You can't win. And of course other reviews have already mentioned the similarity of accents used for characters. And of course other reviews have also mentioned the fact that there are no pauses between sections so it takes you a while to figure out the scene has totally changed to a different planet mid-paragraph. Its bizzare - does nobody oversee these narration recording sessions and spot these beginner mistakes? Study the guy who narrates Iain Banks novels for a true master.
Half way through the book, running out of energy, hoping it picks up steam.
The story is somewhat interesting. It has intrigue. But the narration / production falls way short.
No, unless you are able to perservere thru the story. I got halfway thru it and it wore me out and I gave up.
I don't know. I would tend to avoid him in favor of someone less grim in his style. The ends of sentences are hard to catch. The french accents, even though they had french names, was laid on a bit too thick.
The story is somewhat interesting. The problem is, it jumps from one location/scenario to another and back, and it becomes hard to keep track of the character names and roles. This is made worse by the narrating / production. There are no pauses / transitions from one part of the story to another. All of a sudden the narrator is talking about an entirely different scene, leaving me to sort out what is going on. Combine that with thick accents given to many of the characters, and I found this a tiring listen. I gave up halfway thru the story, and am much happier listening to something else.
Alastair Reynolds creates a believable universe and weaves a great story through it. Alastair's writing style is vibrant and colorful. The imagery is vividly created in the mind of the listener. John Lee has a wonderful voice and John's mastery of novel reading enhances the book.
While it is highly impractical to listen to a story for the length of time required for this reading I was dissapointed every time I reached my destination and had to pause the story.
Read all of Alastair Reynold's works. The order is not that important although they all exist in a similar universe with some similar elements woven through.
When I first began listening to "Revelation Space," I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it. It took off a bit slowly, with the opening scene centered on an archaeological dig. But, much like the work's emblematic lighthuggers, once this book picks up speed, it really flies, and I found myself compelled to keep listening 'til journey's end. What at first seemed a confusing tangle of high-tech terminology and a dense thicket of historical events gradually merged into an understandable and cohesive universe, where man and machine are seldom easy to differentiate. Reynolds' Revelation Space universe is one of dazzlingly advanced but theoretically plausible technology. At no point did I feel that he had introduced the kind of "handwavium-powered" tech that so many science fiction authors are guilty of. The plausibility of Reynolds' technological marvels likely stems from his 12 years as a scientist with the European Space Research and Technology Centre, part of the European Space Agency. His expertise infuses the work and results in the gratifying marriage of mind-boggling technology and plausible physics.While the separate characters and plot threads took some time to gather momentum and to converge, by the end of the book they had entered a helical death spiral toward a stunning and climactic collision. Reynolds weaves thought-provoking tech, character development, dialogue, and plot into a compelling take on the 25th century human condition. Hard-sci and space opera fans alike would do well not to miss Reynolds' "Revelation Space."
Not sure.. I love Doomsday books
I love John Lee in other books but this one is Bone Dry!
I could not get past the first 4 hours.
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!