It has interesting concepts, and delivery of these concepts was pretty good. John Lee is a great narrator, and he does a pretty good job here. The reason i am giving three stars is due to the fact that approximately one quarter of the book deals with murder mystery investigation. I was hoping for more scifi and less of how Paris looked like in 1950 or so. Though last part of the book is pretty exciting, and has good nano technology based concepts.
I have never heard a book narrated so badly. John Lee reads science fiction as if it were 1920s detective noir. Which wouldnt be so bad if all of his character voices didnt sound almost exactly the same.
I do have to give Mr. Lee some credit, he's not working with a masterpiece of literary gold here.
I just finished the first part (6:32:10) and Im sitting here wondering if listening to the rest is a good idea. Having read or listened to all of Alastair Reynolds books this is by far the last on my list.
It starts in 1959 Paris, with no explanation of preceding events to put things in context. It almost feels like youve actually started with part 2. I actually had to stop and check.
The story jumps between characters so much you'll need Dramamine to keep from getting seasick, and when the characters change you don't realize it until a name is spoken BECAUSE THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME. (ARRRGGGGHHHH!!! )
Ok Im going to stop before my blood pressure go's up any more. Lol. Needless to say I wish I had purchased the e-book or actual paper version, maybe then it would be enjoyable, but I can not recommend the audible version.
Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before you buy this book.
Grows on you, When you start to listen it has many threads that you wonder how it all fits but soon you start to understand what is happening and get captivated with the story line. If you like a single audio book without having to listen to a series then this is for you
When the investigator realized that his earth was not alone it set the stage for fast action and rapid understanding of what needed to be done
The last 20 minutes is great but cannot say more
Great listen, would highly recommend to anyone who likes to become part of what they are listening to.
Story. Credible. Thrilling.
When they first entered E2.
He has a great voice. I don't speak French but he sounded like he have some knowledge. I never had any problem to hear which character he was reading.
I don't want to spoil anything. The end and the strawberries.
This was my first contact with Alastair Reynolds and it definitely won't be my last.
This is my favorite Reynolds novel so far--though I still have quite a few more to read. The plotting is very tight, including a satisfying joint resolution, toward the end, of several seemingly unrelated subplots. The characters are distinctive, and mesh nicely. As for the high concept, I don't want to risk spoilers by saying too much about it here. I found it very appealing. As a student of 20th Century history, I was particularly fascinated by the very subtly-crafted wrongness of Reynolds's 1959 Paris.
I can't decide whether the occasional references to "Casablanca" are fun or just a little too cute. I'm also not hugely enthusiastic about Mr. Lee's narration, especially the character voice for the main American character, with accent and phrasing just far enough off to be occasionally irritating. On the other hand, a supporting character with a Danish surname sounds pretty credible to my admittedly non-Danish ear. The defects are all minor, though. I'd give this one a strong recommendation.
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
I may try another by Reynolds and definitely would listen to another read by Lee if it was material I liked.
The story was relatively easy to follow, but I didn't feel there was much of a pay off in the end. This book was very highly rated so I was disappointed. Initially it grabbed me with the intrigue and antagonists in "Paris" but once the story moved away from Paris I felt it slowed considerably. I didn't find it credible that one of the main characters so easily swallowed the main premise of the plot with barely any shock or dismay. Sort of a SEMI -SPOILER (well, at least until you get a little ways into the book, I'm not giving away a major twist or anything) : I also had an issue with the female protagonist espousing views about the "humans" on earth not really being human so why should it matter if they are killed since they don't really "exist" anyway, and later in the book she has a problem with one of the antagonists stating the exact thing - ?? So I guess I would have heightened the suspense towards the ends and changed her views on what I just mentioned (totally contradictory). I really was interested through most of the book, but I just consider it light entertainment, not riveting (but did find it to be so for about the first 4 hours).
the story is gripping and exciting, and the breadth of the scope is Reynolds' trademark. i thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. the narration was top-notch and the story kept at a speedy pace. the plot and its development is also great. the only two gaps i felt were character development (the characters weren't that deep - i mean you didn't connect to anyone in the book), and there was no "point" to the story. highly enjoyable though!
I would definetly listen to it again.
This is the first time.
When I discovered the twist of the book, I was facinated.
I found it very interesting and entertaining. It is worth listening.
It has a very clever premise. I thought it a most excellent story. It shows Alastair Reynolds has not lost any of his creativity. Well done.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Overall the story seemed to draw from other tales I have read lately. The quality of writing is good, but the story as a whole is not completly unique. I am not sorry I read the story, and the pace was OK, but not on my must read again soon list. It feels like it was intended to be the first in a series with the core characters. Overall that would not be a bad thing, though if it is going to be developed into a serial, it could stand to be a little shorter.