The story is good even though it took a totally unexpected path. I'm not sure the bit about the Lindblad Confederation that bookends the story actually added anything to it.
It wasn't an unstoppable page-turner (I read two other books at the same time) and the "dogs" and their gristle-ship were difficult to accept even within the book's universe.
The story needs less about the grudge between the 2 leading female characters and more on all the other difficulties they had to over come living on a mechanical moon-ship and later rebuilding it on the wall of the alien structure.
I would like to see a sequel.
It kept me in a good pace with the story. But as always I wish there would be at least one female reader to read for the female characters' voice. It always strike me a bit strange to listen to the opposite gender try to sound like the other gender in a book.
It has a very unique scenario to other alien encounter stories. The thoughts on why the disguised moon was built that it being a lure to attract different intelligent beings across the vase universe to travel to a central structure, a region in the universe so that they could mingle and interact is intriguing.
Please consider hiring a 2nd reader always for books which have lots of dialogs between opposite gender leading characters.
Smart Science Fiction
I thought this story was unique in its approach to humanities expansion into the universe. If I were to make a parallel I would point to Arthur C Clark. It is a smart kind of science fiction.
Lee is a competent narrator and pleasant to listen to.
I found it made me consider some of the sciences involved how relativity works and some of the possibilities in the realm of longevity.
Being an astrophysicist comes through in Reynolds writing, hence the smart fiction.
This was my first audio book and I am hooked. The thought provoking storyline was well versed and kept my interest through the 20 hours of performance. As a lifelong reader of Sci-fi with a penchant for space opera and harder sci-fi this audiobook had it all in spades.
The performance took a while to appreciate by by the middle of the book I was impressed with the narration as much as the content.
Bela Lind - because the depth of her character was explored so deeply
Sevetlana (the russian protaginist)
When the "cube" was unlocked by Bela
The timespan of this book was unexpected, yet engrossing if you can get beyond the fact that scene changes are impossible to detect due to how the narrator reads the book. Please, take a breath between scenes! Give us a chance to absorb what was just read and process the transition. I have seen this comment on a number of books that feature John Lee as the narrator. I don't know if it is him or the director, but I am actually avoiding books with this narrator and have this similar comment. Audible needs to go back and insert pauses in the appropriate spots. I lost track of how many times I had to rewind 30 seconds to catch the transition. Not something I should be doing in a car.
I frequently sat in the driveway after arriving home, unwilling to turn the car off, engrossed in the story. Although the science fiction is great, (highly advanced, mysterious alien technology and a reasonably feasible not-too-distant-future human asteroid mining ship, woven with relativistic effects and other actual science as the story proceeds), the hook is the personal story of 2 close friends whose relationship is strained to breaking by events. I liked John Lee's narration, falling short only in his attempt at Russian female main character Svetlana. Just never worked for me but not so bad that I didn't enjoy it. Look forward to checking out other books by this author and narrator.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
The author constantly builds to climaxes and then suddenly sh*ts to years after the event. It feels like you keep missing the last episode of this years season. Other than that, it was an interesting future historical epic overview. Not bad, but I can't raise a whole lot of enthusiasium due to style issues.
Perhaps not, the tech they use in the later part of the book is intriguing, but the character drama stagnates the whole story. Honestly, how long can two women hold a grudge over one choice?
Only problem i have with this narrator is that he never pauses. I lost track of what was going on a couple times because there was no break between scenes.
Too long for that, was nice for my road trips.
Really insightful future tech, the science is all really neat, but the main two women are just maddeningly stubborn, right up to the end.
This book ranks in the top 1/3 of books I have listened to
I loved the intricate detail and believable characters
I enjoyed John Lee's narration, he gave life to the characters with out over acting them
Yes. I think the sci Fi books I read in the past were unbelievable. The author of this book , Alastair Reynolds begins to draw you in gradually and all of a sudden you are living and experiencing a future world that seems plausible .
I can't think of any
John lee is a treasure. He brings life to almost everything he reads.