Alastair Reynolds really knows how to write a science fiction adventure even though his characters are unable to travel faster than light. He is able to infuse realism into a space epic in a way that not many science fiction writers can. Tomorrow mine he has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century 21st century.
This space opera has got it all: inscrutable robots, vast space ships, galaxy spanning journeys, immortality, clones, love and loss. Superb narration by one of my favorites, John Lee. Top notch!
Really excellent story and concept of Deep Time was intense and hard to wrap my head around in a good way. It all left me clinging to the story for more. It was hard at times to distinguish which character with the limited voice acting of the reader but that was fine as I picked it up in context. He was a good reader otherwise.
Bravo Reynolds, Bravo
If a machine was self aware, what would it act like? Hesperus. In my personal opinion "he" is the most interesting character that I've encountered while reading (or being read to in this case). It's not that this book is a literary masterpiece or anything (though it is), but he certainly did make my imagination kick into overdrive. He'd be a great character to star in another novel (hint).
The end. I won't spoil it.
It's a little long for a single sitting. Also, it's an attention commander. I needed a quiet place to fully immerse myself into it.
This is not a single sitting book. It's an "I wish this were 10x longer" book. I'll probably read it once every few years until I die.
Don't take my word for it, listen for yourself!
Edwin & Allison
I enjoy all of John Lee's performances.
After the first hour it really picks up and i didn't want to put it down.
I waited to by thus I wasn't sure if it would be good or not. It is great i finished it in less then 3 days.
Doctor of misanthropy
I don't know if I'll ever be able to mentally separate Reynolds' writing from Lee's narration, but I have to say that I quite enjoy the combination.
This is pretty standard Reynolds fare, with his usual dollop of inventive future visualizations and a unique approach to what he imagines could be our future history.
Good focus on a rational mystery but the poor performance of the reader made characters indistinguishable from one another - until a sentence or two was spoken. One never knew who was speaking (after a pause) so was confusion intended?
I never connected to a character since most were killed off and the main character was bi-gender as with the thinking machines.
A computer would have read better. Better means some inflection and tone changes from character to character.
depends on the cast
Drama over millions of years and millions of miles. For awhile, I thought it might be a romeo and juliet, but not so. There were several trajectories and each did not seem to come together. It was a long listen and the narrator carried a thick Brit accent and I began to wonder about the missing "R": "dark" sounded like "dock." The book finally ended and I don't think I'd listen to another if this is a series.