Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
My wife and I both liked the Original "Saga Of The Seven Suns" Series, so I grabbed this book the moment it became available... It picks up about 20-25 years after the last book in the Original Series.
MANY of the same Characters, same villains and threats, with new threats and plot twists thrown in... That may sound like "more of the same", and while I guess it is, it's not really... If you wanted MORE after the original series (which WE DID!), here it is, Cranking it all up again!
I like that there's not a LOT of "Set Up" since the Author seems to assume readers have read the Original Series... He just gets right into "The Continuing Saga". The threats from the Original Series that were just hinted at, turn into REAL nightmares, even as old nightmares return to Haunt Humanity (and every other Race) AGAIN!
Anderson is GREAT at juggling a LOT of Characters and Events, all at the same time, while "Keeping Things Moving Along At A Good Clip". Every time I think "NO WAY is he going to be able to keep on throwing in NEW problems, and NEW threats, and be able to control the whole story", but he DOES!
Narration was VERY good!
I just REALLY wish the "Compi-Companions" had a slot to plug in extra memory capacity, and a way to back-up their older memories and such so they don't have to delete their Memories if they need to load up instructions to learn to operate a new space craft, etc... Kinda breaks my heart for them to have to delete their Memories of an Owner's Childhood to make room for loading up a new skill-set.
I've had to spend some time in various hospitals lately, and just by luck I found that several different book series I've enjoyed in the 'not so distant' past had more books added to them that I had somehow missed... NOTHING makes you actually ENJOY time spent in the Hospital like knowing you have several Awesome, LONG, books to get through.. the kind of books you can't put down! In the hospital, aside from the occasional test you get wheeled out to, you get to listen to good books as long as you want to without feeling guilty about your horses starving, your dogs needing flea treatments, etc... Nope! Nothing to do but lay there and wish that your well-meaning visitors would go home and let you get back to your book!
You know how it goes when you get near the end of a good series of books... you keep looking at how much time is left, and dreading the time winding down to the finish, because the next book you listen to by another author can't possibly be nearly as good as the book you're about to finish... How can new characters compete with the characters you've come to know and like in your current book? ("I don't want a NEW puppy, I want my old dog back!" ;)
Such was the case as I wound up the last book in "The Subterrene War" series, 'Chimera' by T. C. McCarthy... With heavy heart, I got on here with my laptop, and with IV hoses hanging out of the backs of both hands I typed up my review, and finished it up with, "off to try to find another of those rare books that will leave me sleep deprived"... as luck would have it, with the very next left-click I stumbled right into 'The Void Trilogy'! How I missed it all this time, I don't know, since I really liked "The Commonwealth Saga" and *thought* I had been keeping an eye out for more books in the series!!! Duh!
Near the end of Book 1, "The Dreaming Void", I became afraid I was getting well and the doctors were going to send me home! A few chapters into book 2 here, and my wife accused me of making up new symptoms so I could stay longer! Luckily, she was only one book behind me herself and had a rather decent "Guest Bed" in my private room, so she didn't rat me out to the doctors, knowing they'd make HER leave if *I* left, and she wanted to at least finish the first book before we went home ;)
Seriously though, you can't just "Kinda pay attention" to this series of books, you HAVE to keep up with what's going on, meaning you may have to hit the "Back Up 30 Seconds" icon on your iPhone a few times if you feel like you've missed something. The more attention you pay to what's going on, the more raw enjoyment you get from Hamilton's Books! How he can write novels that are so detailed, technical (yet easily understandable), and far-reaching is way beyond me! By the end of Book 1 he's got so much going on that you feel like there's no way you'll be able to keep up with it all, yet somehow, you do!
...In "The Temporal Void", the author puts even more balls into the air, and you just know there's no way he's going to be able to pull this mass of characters and situations together in a way that you'll enjoy enough to cause you to dive right into the next book in the series... yet somehow, he does!
The series just keeps getting better! Hamilton's novels are HUGE, without being 'cumbersome', and I just keep dreading the end of each book drawing near...
I admit I'm an engineer (please don't tell my sainted mother!), and I love how Hamilton tickles the ragged edge of scientific discoveries, and seems to understand the implications and technology that *could* be possible some day thanks to those discoveries... He has the gift of being able to take your imagination past the dry science, and show you all of the things that *should* be possible once "discovery" turns into "practical applications"! For example, he extends "Social Networking" out to a time where sharing "the actual emotions with each other" is the norm.. Any Emo Kid would give his entire razor blade collection for THAT ability! ;)
A friend of mine (and fellow Sci-Fi buff) came to visit me at home the other day, and looked at my phone to see what I was "reading".. He said "25 hours?!?! That's some serious escapism dude!"..
I replied, "Escapism?? Not Hardly! You know I LOVE my life, and while I'm living it I get to listen to awesome Sci-Fi books like this one!!"
After Finishing Book 4, I'm sitting here waiting on some "BOOK FIVE!!!!" Hello????
I Jokingly told John Ringo once.. "WRITE FASTER" (Because I KNOW he HATES that), and his Wife almost took my head off! John rolled his eyes and told her "He's kidding, I know him, He knows I HATE hearing those words"...
.... But, ummm, Mark... WRITE FASTER!!!! (I REALLY hope you don't have a wife that will take my head off ;) You've had OVER A MONTH now since Publishing Book 4, and STILL No "Book Five"?!?!?! ;)