With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason. And if that reason is uncovered, the universe - and reality itself - could be irrevocably altered.
©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2008 Tantor
"One of the best books of the year." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
"Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic - it may really be like this Out There." (Stephen Baxter, co-author of The Light of Other Days)
The printed book - yes. The audio....maybe not.
Yes, as long as he never again used the "Count Dracula" voice. This strange sounding vocalization would have been excellent if he used it for only one character - not all of them! As a result I found it a great distraction and rather painful to follow the story. I was actually happy to arrive at the end without losing my mind.
The story is beautiful and thought-provoking. John Lee is normally a wonderful narrator but for this particular performance he ruined the experience by the compulsion to use a weird Romanian cosmonaut accent - for nearly every character in the story.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.
The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.
John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.
Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.
This is truly one of the best hard sci-fi books to come out in a long, long time. Reynolds vision of the future is one that easily weaves together grand ideas with very human motives. The whole of the Revelation Space series is fantastic, but this is where it all begins.
Really really really good. This is one of the better stories I have listened to for a long time. Characters are well developed and very interesting, eccentric, strange and just alien enough to remind you they are people, but people living thousands of years from now.
The story is expensive, masses in It's scope some elements spanning millions of years I loved it from about page 100 on. For some reason I just was not carried away by the story until then, it was somewhat mundane and difficult to follow. The narration was hard to follow as well. While I love the variations in voice between each character but they were just hard enough to understand to make it difficult to listen in the car. I suggest a quieter location for listening to this book. This is the reason why I gave the book four stars for narration.
Once the stage was said, the book became quite the page turner. I had a hard time setting it down. I got lost in the expanse of the writers imagination and the method by which it was illustrated. Frankly I cannot wait to start the second book, I hope you have the same experience.
Great story, if you listen to the first ten chapters 6 times before you realize there are no pauses between scene changes. A very fast-paced book with an excellent sub-plots. But to keep up with it, you can't listen to the book at normal speed. I think this book is best read, not listened to; at least this performance.
This book should be available for hospital patients on life-support that need minimum stimulation for synaptic firing or patients with heart pacemakers that have a low battery.
I have read one of his books which made my current disappointment....
I feel sleepy just thinking about the transitions between zombies.
No go, but might watch on Netflix at bedtime to see how fast the sandman comes.
If you read only the negative reviews and believe them - then one might hear / sense etc. something that I missed.
Having listen to audible books for several years this is the first time I've been disappointed. The plot moves very slowly and the story is based on too many improbable events and manufactured science
Along with other criticisms like no breaks between locations of story, the narrator used European accents that tended to come out like soft mush, to my failing hearing, and made understanding very difficult ( it simply was not crisp enough}. I listen to literally hundreds of books, and I'm usually careful to listen to the sample first. I failed myself with this book. Probably won't be able to finish this series.
Liked his story line.
It could have been very very much improved on.
Just hard to listen to.
Characters all unlikeable, story meandering and tedious, narration monotonous. I listened to half of it and then gave up.
a good plot line, keeps u wrapped in the book right until the end. have listened twice now. excellent narration, I was able to identify individual characters from their accents.
"Great writing, narrator is fine too"
This is another great story by Alastair Reynolds, in fact I was surprised to learn it was his first published book. It has all the ingredients I like, a convoluted plot, interesting tech ideas and frequent good descriptive writing. However, I can't understand all the bitching about the narrator. Like any field, there are superstars, like Stephen Fry, Toby Longworth and Stephen Briggs and John Lee isn't quite in that league but this is a perfectly good narration.
"ambitious and imaginative"
a great story that was very engaging. seemed to loose its way towards the end. good concepts. stayed away from sex and gore to focus on the sci fi. almost 5 stars.
"As others have said: Brilliant story ruined"
By awful narration.
Spend your credits on the Iain M Banks culture novels read by Peter Kenny.
Could not follow the plot - every sentence is sounded with an initial air of alarm tapering away, repeated over and over again. This reading style irritates and completely distracts you from following the plot.
Not with this reading style.
"Only for hardcore SciFi-Fans"
The narrator is awful. The story is very boring and confused.
Solution: Stringent novel and a better narrator.
Less confuding, more real confliczs bitween peoble and less preusotechnic.
The narrator is telling the story always in the same voice and sound and without excitement.
Not to recommend.
"Bit confusing at times"
The story was good but the narration left a bit to be desired. It jumped from viewpoint character to viewpoint character with no gap or notice and really confused me at times. Otherwise, epic in scope and can't wait to hear what happens next.
"You just need to pay attention"
There are some books that have very simple/predictable plot lines. You can casually listen to these on the move and not miss anything if you get distracted. By contrast Revelation Space requires listening effort, but is worth it. I initially listened too casually and about one and half hours in I had to accept that I did not really know what was going on, so... I started again. I am glad I did.The narration is very good, but you need to pay attention, particularly in the first third of the book, the scenes switch with no warning. In the end I enjoyed this aspect.Interesting story, good science and original.
"Not suitable as an audio book"
I read this novel in paperback a number of years and thought that getting it as an audio book would be a good way to re-read (listen) to it.
The story is first rate but it may be just too complex for most people as an audio book.
At the beginning the chapters jump from plot line to plot line and while the chapters are noted the transitions are jarring and it takes a long time to get up to speed on everything that is going on. Eventually the plot lines start to converge and things get better but this is a very exhausting listen and at the end instead of looking forward to the next one you want to go have a lie down.
Again, the story is very good and I certainly recommend getting the print version and the narration is quite good but you need to be a dedicated Science Fiction fan (I am) to get through this.
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