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.
The science is more interesting than the story. Riddled with cliches. Mr. Reynolds should condense his novels into futurism pamphlets that predict technology six centuries from now. That make a more interesting read.
I bought this after reading another of Reynold's books in hard copy and really enjoying it, but I am about to return Revelation Space unfinished for several reasons.
The first is that I am finding that the world in which it takes place (the universe in the 2600s) is too dystopian for my liking when I have to 'experience' it at spoken speed. I don't think it's any worse than the world in the other Reynold's book I read, but when reading myself, I can move through the more dystopian bits much more quickly, so they are less disturbing and uncomfortable and the narrative is compelling enough for me to want to find out what happens. When listening, I am forced to dwell on the uncomforable bits for too long.
The second is that I don't like John Lee's narration. His voice is pleasant and his characterisation is good, but I listen to books while driving long distances in the country and through headphones when out walking and the variation in volume in Lee's narration means I am unable to find a playback volume that allows me to hear the soft bits well enough to understand them without finding the loud bits uncomfortably loud. In addition, this is a book that has several different sub-plots running at once with (so far) no obvious connection between them. There is absolutely no gap between the end of one 'scene' and the beginning of the next, which I find disorienting.
I certainly plan to read more of Reynold's work, but not in audiobook form.
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.