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
I found this a really tough listen and put in about 10 hours listening to the first 5 hours of the story and had to put it down and relax with something else. If you have read it previously, I suspect you will enjoy the performance. I don't blame the narrator. The book probably has some visual cues to scene transition (paragraph spacing or " * * * " or something. In audio, it is almost impossible to understand when a thread transition happens and by the time you figure that out, the story is someplace else. Not a good commuter book.
You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.
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I'll admit this one let me down. I wished it move me, or opened up another world and not one of vermin and smells, but one of moving forward with hope.