If you like "space" science fiction, this is good. The only thing that didn't quite work with this book was the way the relationships were handled - best friends, then suddenly worst enemies for decades with no option to reconcile until the very last minute before death. No subtlety and no "gray". Quality of the performance was great.
Excellent story that picked you up and took you along with the flight into relativistic future, with many twists and multiple completely new situations and aliens.
Has many similarities to many other books, "A Space Odessy", "Promethius" where humanity flies off to meet invisible/departed entities springing to mind.
I found the to and fro of control of the main female characters tiring and unbelievable. Other than that an excellent yarn and very well narrated.
classic sci-fi. i love books like this, hope i find more books like this on audible. narration was great too.
I found that after a few minutes the narrator seems to fit this story perfectly, just my opinion but I really liked the fit. The story was was well written and epic in scale with good character development but you would have to for a story of this scale. I will say the plot was a bit predictable but who cares it was just a great story anyway. Oh yes before I finish, I found the musk dogs to be absolutely disgusting, just saying. Over all I would absolutely recommend the book.
Chisholm, I found him to be just creepy and enigmatic.
Politics and personal gain are universally the most common thing in all of time and space...
An exciting stand-alone sci-fi story that starts in a very approachable near future, then stomps on the accelerator and rockets into adventure.
I will read more of this author's works, as the story is excellent. I cared what happened to several of the characters. The narrator did an excellent job, and his many different voices distinguish the characters nicely. The audiobook is hurt somewhat by poor audio editing: places where the author and the narrator left short pauses to indicate a new scene or passage of time have been removed. Presumably this was done to reduced download size. I'll gladly download a few extra seconds of silence to improve the flow of the narration.
Good realization of alien beings and intelligences. Not all the secrets are revealed, there is room for speculation and mystery. Unpredictable shifts and turns in human relations and politics.
I will search out more of John Lee's works (and hope for better audio editing).
I felt optimistic and energized after reading the book.
A very nice entry point for anyone interested in beginning to read Alastair Reynolds.
Interesting hook wondering how the first far-future section ties into the near future storyline
Bella - the captain of the ship
Catching up with the runaway "moon"
The characters were well portrayed (writing and performance) so you do end up caring what happens to them.
The story and universe the author created was imaginative and in ways hopeful. It was a great story to hear. In lots of ways the realism of operations in space was excellently conveyed.
You will want to know more even after such a long story. Some of the best parts during the book used advanced technology then at the end I was left wondering what will happen with the new stuff.
I found myself really enjoying all the alien contact scenes. The aliens were imaginative and somehow likely, though in certain ways they felt stretched around the author's themes.
There was a moment when Bella, the captain, gives a pep talk to the crew and it all seems to go horribly wrong. I found myself very frustrated at that point but also very invested in the outcome.
Alistair has a great story with multiple narratives, he seems to have both squeezed exposition which seems difficult for him and three books worth of story into a frustrating and in some ways ridiculous personality conflict. It was almost like he had completely stereotypical characters but every three chapters he would roll dice to see if all but the most frustrating characters would stay in the story. It was worth the price and the narration/acting sets a new high standard.
There's way too much tedious technical and operational minutiae early on. I ordinarily like this kind of nerdy si-fi infrastructure and gadgetry, but not this time. When the writer is so very specific and detailed about his own invented technology it raises issues of -- Is it consistent? Does it seem real? It begs to be analyzed and judged past the degree of becoming an annoying distraction from the story.
There's also the issue of the two main protagonists: two female characters who are in an unending spiteful, hateful spat that is just too silly for soap opera. It goes on for -- as we learn -- (spoiler), yes, millions of years! That's another thing, the millions of years that elapse back on earth (as the ship enjoys the time dilation of special relativity) is an unnecessary plot device. Millions of years hence? When all humans not on the ship have ceased to exist? Who cares about this motley crew and what becomes of them -- I dint.
The plot becomes correspondingly more and more convoluted as new races of aliens appear, with their randomly goofy values and behavior. After 19 hours (audible time) it ends with an epilog that was incomprehensible to me, even more so than the the previous last half of the story.
It was too long and the psychology of the main characters was Not Ready For the Comics. That and too much invented "science" that is just fiction.
The book has a lot of characters, but none of them seem to be more than 2-dimensional. There were some agregious and almost offensive stereotypes of some Earth cultures. The science was strange and didn't ever seem 'real'. The plot seemed to just ramble on without good pacing nor a satisfactory ending. Good Science Fiction can show you what is possible, or can use the technology to explore issues in our own society, or can develop characters in interesting ways. None of that happens here. The only really cool technology is all treated like magic, with no basis in reality.
Although I am only 1 hour into this book, I wanted to point out that it is strange to me that a book featuring primarily female characters (at least so far) has a male reader/narrator.