Before reading any reviews, I had already done what the first reviewer predicted: went to Google Earth, Wikipedia, and image search to learn more about a city and region in which I had previously had no interest whatsoever. I've been reading science fiction for well over 50 years, and, judging from this, my first encounter with Ian McDonald, he writes as well as any SF author I know.
The Performance was spectacular, but I do agree that, as is the case with other Audible selections, there need to be pauses between scene changes.
My other complaint is that, when I came back to Audible to buy all the other McDonald books, they didn't have any!
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