The hyper-overacted narration by William Dufris, coupled with utterly ridiculous reverb effects almost ruin this story. Maybe Dufris is great as Bob the Builder, but he can sure stink up a sci-fi story with his dazzling array of stupid voices and accents.
I am torn. Greg Egan is arguably one of the greatest sci-fi authors of our time, and without reservation my favorite. Permutation City is an exemplary piece. I waited years for audible to release his works. When they did, I immediately went to purchase Diaspora, one of the best books, sci-fi or otherwise, that I've ever read. I clicked the sample audio button... and then checked to make sure it wasn't April 1st. Surely this was joke. I heard a whiny, nasal, mosquito buzzing voice, reading at kindergarten speed, and then using some of the most comically exaggerated and poorly executed accents I've ever encountered in a professional production. I then discovered to my horror that this narrator reads almost all of the newly released Greg Egan material. Give it a try. If the voice doesn't bother you, you are in for some seriously mind blowing hard sci-fi. If it does, pick up some of his books in another format. They are amazing.
If you dig, you can find an old cassette recording of Diaspora online. It is read by John Polk, and even with poor audio quality, is far superior to kindergarten audio-torture version offered by Audible.
I suppose this is science fiction, if political science is your thing. I found this book on a Goodreads list of "Books Similar to Diaspora". Diaspora by Greg Egan is one of my favorite books and I am always on the lookout for works similar in scope and theme. The Star Fraction is in no way similar. If you are into religio-political science it may be quite good; it was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1996. I enjoyed the narrator. His accent and characterizations made pleasant background noise while I worked and were probably the only reason I finished listening to this one.
If you are looking for sci-fi, and especially if this book has been recommended to you because of your interest in William Gibson or Neal Stephenson, be warned - It is one long conversation after another between unbelievable characters about politics, philosophy, and business. I found it completely pointless, but again, I was looking for sci-fi.
Bleak, hopeless, amazing. Loved the narrator too.
Loved it. Amazing story and perfect narration. Wish there was more.
Simply awesome! One of the best I've ever purchased from audible.
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