Having read and enjoyed House of Suns as a paperback, I'm now trying his very first novel as an audiobook.
At 8 hours in it is really hard going. It's mostly the narrator, I fear. It's the first audiobook for me narrated by John Lee. Faults:
- The emphasis is practically identical for every sentence - he starts forte then fades to a mezzo piano, almost piano by the end.
- His range of accents is frustratingly small. He has one French accent, which he uses for every inhabitant of one world, regardless of age or gender. The starship crew get a single Russian accent, which he's unable to drop when the Japanese(?) assassin is speaking.
- His pauses as he switches between the starship and one or other of the two planets are too short to be worthy of the name. Too many times I find myself a paragraph or two into a new scene before I realise there's been a change, and I have to work out where I am and who is now on stage. Mental rewind - no, missed it. Bah!
All of these faults would surely be absent from a paperback. I yearn for the talents of a narrator like Peter Kenny, who does several of the Culture novels of Iain M Banks.
I'm perilously close to DNF on this one.