The first book I read in this series was "The Prefect." It was a tough listen in the beginning. Not because it wasn't any good. Quite the opposite, the problem was that I had grown accustomed to performing some other task at the same time that I was listening. I simply could not do that with this series.
Like "The Prefect", "Revelation Space" provides and expensive series of character sketches and plot movements that are so detailed that you have to pay attention. Alastair Reynolds rewards you for that attention, with a well crafted trip through time and space where you slowly learn all of the players and don't truly understand all of their motivations until a climatic explosion at the end.
John Lee's narration complemented the story. But there was a problem which I believe is actually a hold over from the writing of the book. The books are an ensemble of characters all moving towards some event or mystery. So unlike (for example) Charlene Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels where there is a central character whose point of view you follow, there are multiple characters whose point of view you follow when they are the central character. This happens sometimes within the same chapter. In a book the change can be noted by some kind of break. When you are just listening, if you don't notice the shift in voice (and yes the shifts are there in content and speech patterns) you tend to get confused and misinterpret what is happening.
This is a great book if you want to think and have something that actually grabs your attention. If you are just looking for action through Science Fiction, you won't make it through the first five chapters.
to the entire series so far, I'm impressed, I initially felt this novel was out of place. It felt like I was missing a piece of the story. I was it came later, which was difficult the first pass through, but well worth getting through the first few in the series. Coming back and listening to it again gives you more perspective on the story, though there still felt like it was giving too little depth to some areas, and far too much in others. A good read, if you're willing to commit to the series.
I only review my more favorites here.
excellent mind blower
Accents can be problematic but you get used to them and they then sound classy.
wouldn't know where to start
This book story my be good, Hard to tell, the narrator was that bad. Read the book do not by this audible.
The narrator destroyed this book. Very hard to understand. Even at the end of the book it was hard to understand narrator.
I've listened to a ton of audiobooks here and right now I can't say many had me more enthralled than this one. This is a true case of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts.
While the story was interesting it was not different than a lot of other sci fi. Also it takes a lot to get used to the way the story hops around from time period to time period, person to person. I found myself having to check Wikipedia just to sort things out.
The narrator is fairly deadpan in his reading. While he is clear and crisp if he was reading other books I would not have been impressed.
But with that being said I could hardly stop listening. Maybe it was the style of the writing, which is very detailed. You can clearly see in your mind the color and textures of the world being created. Maybe it was the universe the author invented, which is filled with layer upon layer of history. Maybe it was all of this in combination with a narrator who did not seem so much performing a story as seemingly recounting events that recently happened.
I can't say any one thing is what made this story so good, but working together it really made for an interesting listen. I immediately went and bought the next two in the series (already flying through 2). Now to pick a few friends to convince to pick up Revelation Space.
After reading Pushing Ice I was looking forward tot his book, 3 hours in and it's just too painful to continue
Anybody else. Maybe Katherine Helgren.
All of them.
Dreary, plodding storyline, abysmal narrative, empty, one dimensional, bland characters.
Someone that keep track of the characters as mostly have the same voice and accent
Nothing that i would say without spoiling the story for somebody else
This is a shame it's probably an ok book but it's not relaxing trying to keep track of who's talking and what story line you are on as they switch between them without pause or gap
I most enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads; but have numerous selections in the History, Historical Fiction and Science genres.
Yes. Obviously, I can't read while driving, and I commute over 100 miles per day. John Lee is a fantastic character reader and lends tremendous personality to the story. I can understand why some people fail to love him as they may not enjoy that much flavor in the narrator's approach. I have not read A.R.'s work, outside of a short story from a compilation, I enjoy both thoroughly, yet, favor the escape and enjoyment of listening during my otherwise dreadful commute. Additionally the complexity Mr. Reynolds brings to the story is more easily grasped when listened to.
Few compare, though I found Kim Stanley Robinson's Red, Blue and Green Mars a close second in depth and entertainment value, though not equal in the Space Opera glitz that exceeds even Dan Simmons, Hyperion and Endymion books, though only marginally. I would recommend listening to Robinson, Simmon's Hyperion series and on the Fantasy side, G. R. R. Martin's ASOIAF series. I love them all for different reasons, but for wieght of enjoyment alone, these are comparable with a big bang for the buck, (credit).
I particularly loved the characters Ilya Volyova, and later in the series Nevil Clavain, but all of the characters are as loveable and detestable as you can desire. Much of what takes place in and around the lighthugger, Nostalgia for Infinity, are my favorite parts of the story. The great ship has character of it's own, even more than USS Enterprise, which was more just a platform for the infamous crew. It is grittier and darker, a marvel of technology, a haunted and lonely place with horrors and mysteries, and a very close connection to it's Captain, John Brannigan.
Please read this series if you love complexity, plot twists, gritty action, edge of your seat excitement and a story with a long vision. Know this however, intrepid listener, after experiencing Alastair Reynolds, it is difficult to find an equal in Science Fiction or Fantasy particularly in the categories of vision and breadth of scope.
Very entertaining SciFi saga. This is my first Alastair Reynolds book but I am looking forward to the next books in the series.
The beginning was very confusing. This is supose to be the first book in a series but it seems to be missing an intro piece explaining the evolution of humanity up to the 25th century. At first I was confused about all the colonies mentioned, the different human groups and such. To make it even more