"As others have said: Brilliant story ruined"
By awful narration.
Spend your credits on the Iain M Banks culture novels read by Peter Kenny.
Could not follow the plot - every sentence is sounded with an initial air of alarm tapering away, repeated over and over again. This reading style irritates and completely distracts you from following the plot.
Not with this reading style.
"Only for hardcore SciFi-Fans"
The narrator is awful. The story is very boring and confused.
Solution: Stringent novel and a better narrator.
Less confuding, more real confliczs bitween peoble and less preusotechnic.
The narrator is telling the story always in the same voice and sound and without excitement.
Not to recommend.
"Bit confusing at times"
The story was good but the narration left a bit to be desired. It jumped from viewpoint character to viewpoint character with no gap or notice and really confused me at times. Otherwise, epic in scope and can't wait to hear what happens next.
"You just need to pay attention"
There are some books that have very simple/predictable plot lines. You can casually listen to these on the move and not miss anything if you get distracted. By contrast Revelation Space requires listening effort, but is worth it. I initially listened too casually and about one and half hours in I had to accept that I did not really know what was going on, so... I started again. I am glad I did.The narration is very good, but you need to pay attention, particularly in the first third of the book, the scenes switch with no warning. In the end I enjoyed this aspect.Interesting story, good science and original.
"Not suitable as an audio book"
I read this novel in paperback a number of years and thought that getting it as an audio book would be a good way to re-read (listen) to it.
The story is first rate but it may be just too complex for most people as an audio book.
At the beginning the chapters jump from plot line to plot line and while the chapters are noted the transitions are jarring and it takes a long time to get up to speed on everything that is going on. Eventually the plot lines start to converge and things get better but this is a very exhausting listen and at the end instead of looking forward to the next one you want to go have a lie down.
Again, the story is very good and I certainly recommend getting the print version and the narration is quite good but you need to be a dedicated Science Fiction fan (I am) to get through this.
I have listened to the first part of this book maybe 5 times, I couldn't tell you what its about or any of the characters names. The narrator seems to have some sort of midwiping ability.
Nothing with this guy reading it.
The narrator was just so horribly bland I have never given up on an audio book until now...
"Enjoyable plot, so-so ending, and average narrator"
I don't like John Lee performances that much, especially after listening to books with other narrators. I find it hard to distinguish between characters.
Eventually I get used to it, and doesn't distract that much.
I found the beginning quite slow and boring. Halfway through, things start getting more interesting.
"The Ministry of Silly Voices"
I like John Lees other work. Perhaps it is the characters he has to portray here. A portentously delivered giggle inducing mixture of dodgy French accents from Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail, Inspector Clouseau's oriental man servant Kato from the Pink Panther films, Evil Russian female bond villains and a touch of 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'. The giggles pass though and it is not a bad story after all.
"Dreadful narration ruins the book."
Narration was so poor that I had to give up listening and return this one. Didn't get a chance to reach any conclusion about the story itself.
The narrator has some extremely irritating habits. Each sentence is started loudly, and then gradually fades in volume as it approaches the end; I found it almost impossible to find a comfortable listening volume where I could still hear the whole sentence.
The narrator also seems to have very little range; one 'foreign' accent gets used for a vast range of characters, sometimes on both sides of a conversation, so it becomes impossible to discern which character is speaking.
A further issue, which may be editing rather than narration, is that there is often no break between different chapters or settings. The narration runs seamlessly from one to the next as if it is all part of the same sentence - it may be several lines before you realise that the setting or the character has changed.
I will never know, because the problems with the narration became so distracting that I couldn't listen to it.
The narration quality on the Audible audiobooks inevitably varies greatly, and some narrators are better than others. On the whole, I expect and can live with that, but this particular example probably needs to be withdrawn from sale.