I can really only recommend this for someone with a great deal of patience. The narrator does a terrific job, but Reynolds' prose is overblown, unnecessarily grandiose and moves at a snails' pace; one chapter was devoted almost entirely to the ship's weapons being aimed. That said, Reynolds has a knack for high concept science fiction and his characters are absolutely captivating. If you don't mind the wait, you'll see why Revelation Space is considered by many as an under-appreciated Sci-fi classic.
Pleasant, enjoyable, an easy listen with an intriguing plot. I didn't know what I was getting into at first and was a bit surprised to be reading a story about what felt like an old school aristocratic archeologist in space. Ending was surprising as well.
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.