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  • Ball Lightning

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. The more he learns, the more he comes to realise that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen's quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing this elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating speculation fiction

  • By Kyte Gurner on 14-04-2019

Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-2019

I listened to Ball Lightening after reading the Three Body trilogy. I love Cixin Liu's style. His characters are relatable, his ideas are novel and innovative, he has a talent for making frontier scientific concepts accessible without dumbing things down, and there's always another intriguing turn in the plot whenever you think you've read/heard all the juicy bits. The only thing I could say against his writing style is that it sometimes requires patience, in that occasionally sections or chapters will go on what at first seems a tangent, but read/listen on and your faith is very thoroughly rewarded (Lovecraft was a bit like that oftentimes, come to think of it). Another big plus is Bruno Roubicek's narration. Clear and consistently paced, and suitable for listening in the car or noisy places. Highly recommend.

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  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well told and complex narrative

  • By Thesle on 05-04-2015

Imaginative story but the narration is a let down

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2018

Full disclosure: I didn't finish the book. I couldn't because I got sick of John Lee's voice. I don't know why so many people love John Lee's speaking style - for me it's worse than sitting in a lecture given by Captain Kirk speaking in his most stereotyped staccato. Loud and sharp in the beginning of the sentence, tapering to a smooth quiet to nearly inaudible by the last (often important) word. Absolutely unsuitable if (like me) you do most of your listening in the car, in noisy places or in the last hour before you go to sleep. Sometimes charismatic and cool, other times an unremarkable recitation that needs your conscientious attention (and a quiet place).
And its a darn pity because I've been looking forward to this book, and such a fascinating, insightful story never let my mind wander so easily.