Loved John Lee's narration. This was my first experience with Alastair Reynolds' books.
The story moves well on several levels and there are many twists that will surprise you. I'm hooked - I'll definitely read more of this author's work.
Whenever you get into an Alastair Reynolds book you know you are in for an epic adventure. This is no different. Although it is easy to get a little confused at the beginning, the story will work its way into a delightful tale long before you would even begin to think of giving up.
Which is always the case for me with his novels. This is why I know that I will enjoy the story even more the second time around, in a few months.
Maybe its all my years around SciFi that had prepared me for the possibility, but I was thinking along the lines of a planetary intelligence being behind some of the activities. When that is revealed as being the case, it was done in such a way that really kept me glued.
Whenever I am contemplating a new audiobook, if I see John Lee as the narrator, its a done deal. I could listen to him for a week. Actually, I am sure that I have.
A one-sitting read for an Alastair Reynolds book would be quite a feat. I listen at work. (I am a general contractor.) Although there are interruptions, this was a book that kept me interested the whole way through. After some distractions, I always backed up so that I wouldn't miss a thing.
I would recommend this book to any SciFi fan.
Enjoy the adventure
Sorry, but I could not stop laughing during this book. The primary plot involves a hardboiled detective living in Paris during the 1950’s who meets a woman from the future who is from Mars. Starts slow, but if the listener is able to hang on, the 2nd half is fast paced.
I believe I purchased this during a sale, and now I can't remember why it caught my attention. I made it through about half of the book before giving up. The main characters have very little personality and the clash between historical and futuristic fiction is not pleasant. The narration is mediocre and grinds on the nerves. Much of the story takes place in Paris, and the french accent was annoying and the "unknown" accent of the character from the future just sounded like she had a head cold.
Not much to say. Was sad that voice acting was poor because it is a good story. Will avoid John Lee in the future.
This was somewhat disappointing, not because the story is mediocre, but relative to Reynolds' other works such as the Revelation Space series, Century Rain is simply not at the level of the author's capability. Conceptually, the plot is engaging, but the 1959 Paris events are rather bland, dry, and dragged out a bit. There was insufficient development of the competing political factions to make the finish much more than a drawn out interstellar car chase. There were also too many loose ends that could suggest a sequel in the works, but a more satisfactory resolution would have been nice.
As far as some of the commentary on the narrator, John Lee is outstanding. IMHO, he ranks up there with some of the best I've heard such as Scott Brick, Grover Gardner, and Geoge Guidall. Lee has done most of Reynolds' work and his performances for Peter Hamilton's works are equally top notch.
Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.
I have now listened to several of Alastair's books. I have enjoyed them all.
After every story, I have always looked and hoped for a sequel. There aren't any. Each book is a completely different tale in a different ("universe" basically).
I think this is a compliment to Alistair Reynolds and his imagination. He never rides the coattails of a trilogy or series. He always creates something new. These books are well thought out Science fiction.
I will buy all of his works on Audible. Give us more please.