I am not sure if it is the narrator or the story itself, but I just wasn't hooked. I had to start over twice in hopes that I had missed something that would grip me and pull me into the story. But I never found it. After about the first third of the book I put it down, and I haven't picked it up since. I always feel terribly guilty when I leave a story un-ended like this, but I didn't have a choice. I really suggest you listen to the preview before you purchase this book.
The printed book - yes. The audio....maybe not.
Yes, as long as he never again used the "Count Dracula" voice. This strange sounding vocalization would have been excellent if he used it for only one character - not all of them! As a result I found it a great distraction and rather painful to follow the story. I was actually happy to arrive at the end without losing my mind.
The story is beautiful and thought-provoking. John Lee is normally a wonderful narrator but for this particular performance he ruined the experience by the compulsion to use a weird Romanian cosmonaut accent - for nearly every character in the story.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.
The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.
John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.
Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.
This is truly one of the best hard sci-fi books to come out in a long, long time. Reynolds vision of the future is one that easily weaves together grand ideas with very human motives. The whole of the Revelation Space series is fantastic, but this is where it all begins.
Really really really good. This is one of the better stories I have listened to for a long time. Characters are well developed and very interesting, eccentric, strange and just alien enough to remind you they are people, but people living thousands of years from now.
The story is expensive, masses in It's scope some elements spanning millions of years I loved it from about page 100 on. For some reason I just was not carried away by the story until then, it was somewhat mundane and difficult to follow. The narration was hard to follow as well. While I love the variations in voice between each character but they were just hard enough to understand to make it difficult to listen in the car. I suggest a quieter location for listening to this book. This is the reason why I gave the book four stars for narration.
Once the stage was said, the book became quite the page turner. I had a hard time setting it down. I got lost in the expanse of the writers imagination and the method by which it was illustrated. Frankly I cannot wait to start the second book, I hope you have the same experience.
Great story, if you listen to the first ten chapters 6 times before you realize there are no pauses between scene changes. A very fast-paced book with an excellent sub-plots. But to keep up with it, you can't listen to the book at normal speed. I think this book is best read, not listened to; at least this performance.
This book should be available for hospital patients on life-support that need minimum stimulation for synaptic firing or patients with heart pacemakers that have a low battery.
I have read one of his books which made my current disappointment....
I feel sleepy just thinking about the transitions between zombies.
No go, but might watch on Netflix at bedtime to see how fast the sandman comes.
If you read only the negative reviews and believe them - then one might hear / sense etc. something that I missed.
Having listen to audible books for several years this is the first time I've been disappointed. The plot moves very slowly and the story is based on too many improbable events and manufactured science
Along with other criticisms like no breaks between locations of story, the narrator used European accents that tended to come out like soft mush, to my failing hearing, and made understanding very difficult ( it simply was not crisp enough}. I listen to literally hundreds of books, and I'm usually careful to listen to the sample first. I failed myself with this book. Probably won't be able to finish this series.
Liked his story line.
It could have been very very much improved on.
Just hard to listen to.