It would switch between characters so abrupt and quickly I would get confused before I understood the characters or setting had changed. I felt like I kept missing something important, so I went back and listened to the same chapters over and over. I had a hard time getting the characters straight, and was constantly mixing them up.
The story was actually pretty interesting. When I could follow it.
I'd prefer not to. Most of the accents sounded very similar, or at times, a character would have the wrong accent. Plus, he had a very generic, soothing voice, it became background noise to me, and would be half a chapter through before I realized I had ignored everything he said. Also, there was no pause or change of accent/voice between scenes.
Not sure I would cut, but I would change things around a bit to make it easier to follow.
The story is actually pretty good. But because of all the other issues I had to go back and listen to previous chapters so many times it became a chore. I could barely slog through the half I did.
Stories like Revelation space suffers in a common thread. They make the onset already so unbelievable that by the end they need to introduce the god mode. Without spoiling anything I'd consider this book and interesting listen only because it has a cool flow. But it lost me with sun Steeler idea. This just seemed like a miss in the story.
I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...
The author exercises a strong imagination in creating an interesting universe within which a hard sci-fi space opera unfolds. While it took a while to become fully immersed in the story, I found it ultimately worthwhile.
Unfortunately the audio edition of this book is not well edited. As noted by other reviewers, there are scene changes with no audio queues to accompany them. These are manageable but certainly detract from the listening experience. In general they can be identified by which characters are present, but occasionally a scene change occurs without even initial narrative queues to recognise it by. In these situations I found I had to mentally replay the last 20 seconds and re-process them in a new context. This was quite aggravating, as it meant I couldn't just relax and enjoy the story.
I will listen to the next book in the series.
No. I think once is enough.
In an audio book, a cornucopia of characters works less well than in a written book, especially if these characters bear exotic names. Maybe it's premature dementia, but whatever the reason, for me it doesn't work.
I don't know. John Lee has an annoying habit of starting a sentence loud and then quickly decreasing his volume to an almost mumble. This can work in a completely silent environment but in a noisy environment, like a car or a train, this has the effect of only hearing the first words of a sentence, and guessing the rest. Alternative is to play it so loud it hurts your ears.
None in particular.
Every sentence started off at good volume, but the narrator swallowed the end of each sentence so that it was hard to understand. Consequently, I had to turn the volume way up so that I could hear the end of each sentence, but that meant the beginning of each sentence was extremely loud. I enjoyed the book but the narration was extremely annoying to say the least!
Some sort of excitement in the storyline. It drones on fact after detailed fact after fact...
I may try but I mainly purchased this for John Lee's narration voice but without a good write behind it, it wasn't worth it.
Narration was the only thing that kept me from returning this title immediately.
Even a good narrator can fall for poorly written books.
Not bad, the hard sci was good but a little too sophisticated for me.
It seemed to fall a little flat in the later chapters.