©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor
"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"The best of the new breed of space opera. Wild action on a grand scale spans well-imagined and developed worlds." (The Denver Post)
I was looking forward to enjoying this book, I listened to a sample and concluded that the narrator had a nice clear voice, and the blurb seemed interesting.
Sadly I've given up on it.
This narrator reads the words totally deadpan, his punctuation is virtually non-existent, he moves from one storyline (or viewpoint) with barely a pause for breath, so one is constantly lurching from one storyline thread to another, having lost the plot, and this is a fairly complex book.
What i'm talking about here is the audiobook equivelant of a book printer using different fonts, italics, bold typeface etc to differentiate between storylines etc, as an aid to clarity and comprehension.
Some narrators go to the other extreme, trying to give every character his or her (or it's) own voice, and this can be irritating too, (check out Larry Niven's "Protector" for an example of what I mean), whereas for an example of best practice, check out WWW.Wake, by Robert J Sawyer, a model of clarity.
This is a missed opportunity because I guess that this book is unlikely to be re-recorded in a more sympathetic reading, so I'll never get to hear it or the rest of the series, (or indeed anything else by this narrator).
AUDOOBOOK PRODUCERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!
Just finished this one. Nice long book. Wasn't quite as epic as advertised but entertaining all the same. An awful lot of familiar elements to regular scifi devourers.
MORE INTERSTING- VERY MUNDANE AND BORING.
VERY SLOW, AND THEN GETS SLOWER
COULDN'T STAY FOCUSED ENOUGH TO SAY.BOOK NEVER TAKES OFF
You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.
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