Absolutely, the science fiction is excellent and the story is very well developed.
I absolutely hated Sventlana but at the same time she also was the most tangible character. As to favorite I really like Parry (her husband) he balanced the needs of crew against his own needs time again and really filled the role of mediator I just wish he had stood up to Svetlana more often.
I generally enjoy John Lee he is a solid voice actor who puts a lot of emotion into his voices. That said his range of voices is a bit limited (generally). In this case however he did a fantastic job.
Yes, when Svetlana broke her word to Bella I wanted to smash the iPhone against the wall.
Starts out a bit slow but once and some of the build up in the beginning is a bit confusing but it wraps up nicely.
I've read nearly everything else by the author, and for some reason avoided spending the credit on this book for what I thought were shaky reviews. While the audio suffers from some bizarrely short scene shifts in the recording (not the narrator's fault, mind you), this is a much more interesting independent story than I was prepared to expect.
Before picking it up, the notion of a trite story about Saturn's moon flying away sounded boring to me, a drama cooked up around the local solar system. Held against Revelation Space or the newer and more primitive Blue Remembered Earth, I was thinking this story would be the half-baked stillborn that had no choice but to exist between the two story types.
Welp. I was wrong. The very idea that you aren't sure what Reynolds could possibly do with the story to develop it beyond the synopsis is exactly why you should dive into this one. The scale of it is more immense than you're prepared for, and it's brimming with unknowns, contrary to the opening setting in the local solar system. The only story with a larger storytelling scale is perhaps the Galactic North short story, as even House of Suns took place almost entirely within the far future, without having to drag you all the way there.
Very glad that I wised up and bought this book.
The scale of this book is epic. There is also changes that occur over great swaths of time. Do not let the disconnected nature at the beginning of some chapters disorientate you. The author does a masterful job of delivering a multifaceted connected narrative. The readers performance is equally amazing. High recommend for Sci-Fi and Fiction fans alike!
Yes, definitely. Have to be sure to pay attention however...lots of nuance and detail to capture, which is (obviously ) the joy , and challenge, of these books.
Least..it drags at times.
Too many to note. Descriptions of ship born life is compelling.
Oddity for Reynolds/Lee in that this is a freestanding book. Well worth committing to, but know that it is a true committment of time and attention.
The ring world by Larry Nevin.
What a great reader. I can't wait to listen to more of his books.
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.