Great science fiction.
Peter F. Hamilton's "The Temporal Void" for its vast reimagination of the future.
Can't answer this without delivering a spoiler.
Well worth weathering the slow points.
Found this book difficult to follow at first, (well almost to the end). It was difficult to tell who was who, when characters were changing or if the location changed. Had to keep replaying portions of the book to keep track.
The ending was ok but not as epic as hoped for.
If book two is like one I'll read the paperback.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
I like a twist as much as the next reader, but when EVERY SINGLE PASSAGE is weird and unexpected, it just makes for a confusion. When I want a PUZZLE, I get a rubbick's cube. When I want to hear a STORY, I buy a novel.
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.