I liked the story, it wasn't overly deep but I enjoyed the "world" and will probably get the next book in the series too.
However, I feel the narrator let me down. John Lee is one of my favorites, but this time he made too many accents that just sounded phony.
A well written book is a gem.
You'll need patience for this one. It's a very long read and a difficult plot to follow. I kept asking, "So who's doing what to whom and why, and who are the good guys or the bad guys?" It wasn't until the end of last chapter of the novel that I finally understood the motivation to what had gone on previously. That didn't seem fair to me.
So is this a bad book? It is bad in that the story is not compelling at any point until the end. It's a loooong time waiting for it all to come together. If I were the editor I would have said, "Alistair, you've got a great story here, but you need to let the reader know more of what it is before the end of the book!". The last chapter finally reveals what the book was all about, but it left me feeling like I'd read an awful lot of exposition that had not enough to do with the most intriguing story elements.
John Lee: excellent. I question the criticism of him in other reviews. Most of the book is dialogue between at least four characters or more at once with cut scenes to four other characters at once and then back again. Crazy. Yet he pulls it off. The flaw is in the over complexity of the writing.
A good book, up there with some of the best story wise, but almost the worst narration I have heard. There are many, many books that have much better narration and it would be nice if they would ditch this guy...
Revelation Space has a grand scheme in mind, like an Asimov series, but also gives you characters with some depth, and leaves you wanting to know more of their back-story, like some Heinlein novels.
John Lee starts every sentence with an exclamation and trails off to an almost inaudbile wisper at the end of every sentence. This makes it very difficult to listen to, especially if you are in a car, as you have to put up with a very loud first word just so you can here the next six.
You'll want to hear how the story pans out, but this bit hear and bit there story telling style gets tiresome after the second book in the series.
Haven't read the print version but i can't fault the audio performance at all.
Ana Khouri was a total badass so ill go with her
It was clear without any annoying mispronunciations and enough feeling to draw you in at dramatic moments.
Laughed a few times but it was more awe inspiring in scope than emotionally charged
Will definitely be purchasing the next in the series
Revelation Space is among the better audio books I've listened to. John Lee does a good job bringing each character his/her own voice. He does tend to lean towards the Slavic/Russian accents, but I figure that has more to do with the characters themselves.
Its complex in that you really are listening to three distinct and separate stories till the very end. Watching the characters collide with all the inevitability and force that's built over the many hours of listening was truly gratifying. It wet my appetite for the next installment.
Reynolds does an excellent job adding character to the Lighthugger "Nostalgia for Infinity". I loved the scenes aboard it.
I don't think it could be filmed.
I have bought several books by Alastair Reynolds. I have several performances by John Lee, but this is by far the worst performance by John Lee that I've heard. The sound levels go all over the place, the background changes, his timbre changes. It really detracts from the performance. Put plainly, it's not up to his normal standards.
It was poorly executed - it really needs to be redone.
Yes, I think the series could be made into a space saga,
I like authors like Richard Morgan and Peter Hamilton. Someone recommended to listen to Alastair Reynolds, supposedly similar style. This is his second book that I can not finish (the first I actually forced myself to complete), but I give up on this one, it is not worth the suffering. Thought there are a lot of people that liked the book, so it must be my personal taste.
The Alastair Reynolds/John Lee combination is rapidly becoming my favorite. Even after nearly 200 audio books, I haven't found anything comparable to this series.
Alastair Reynolds creates an incredibly realistic, hard sci-fi universe. His characters and antagonists (which are totally unlike anything you've ever seen) work in plots that often span centuries or even millennia.
John Lee, of course, continually delivers fantastic performances of dozens of characters that stretch across the books.
My only small quibble is that you can occasionally pick up where recording sessions start or stop when the audio quality changes. Although this is usually fairly subtle, it still enough to attract attention away from the story.
If you're a fan of hard sci-fi, from Peter F Hamilton to Michael McCollum, do yourself a favor and give this series a try.
The story is complicated with lots of names and terms to learn in the beginning. The narrator's speech was difficult to hear in the car. Not a good combination. We stopped after the first hour or so in frustration. I think the story may be interesting, but too difficult for our purposes listening in the car on long trips with this narrator.
Seems rather dystopian to me, which I generally avoid, but overall still a good story. My only real complaint is with the narrator. The different portions of the story when switching from character to character, and chapter by chapter have little to no space between them, causing one scene to bleed into the next. This is likely how the publisher compiled the audio and nothing the narrator was doing. Also much of the storyline is, by necessity, non-linear, due to an inability to travel faster than light.
In this future it seems as if all of humanity has switched to a feudal or tribal system. (It doesn't specifically say this, but that's how it appears to me.) You never hear about any major governments or even long term alliances. The best technology was developed centuries in the past(ship engines, cache weapons), and the knowledge of how it even works is lost. Most of the existing tech is capable of maintaining itself, so it's still working. There's a lot of nano tech (which is not lost tech), but much of it is compromised by the Melding Plague, a cyber-nano virus who's origin is explained in another story of the same universe. Most technological development has been arrested. A person can spend decades away from a planet and return with little technical change.
Here's a couple of definitions that will make the story easier to follow, without giving anything away. There are Jugglers, or Pattern Jugglers. These are massive lifeforms that encompass whole planets, or at least the oceans. They are essentially ancient massive organic databases, with some debate on how conscious they may or may not be. They can store any kind of information, including whole minds, organic and electronic.
Shrouds or Shrouders. There are multiple Shrouds, area's of highly localized energy and gravitational anomalies. Artificial in nature, their purpose is unknown.
The eighty. In Chasm City there's a shrine to these people. They were the first to try to scan their brains into a computer(which is now common). The scanning process itself was imperfect at the time, and killed them.