First of all, this book is best read as a continuation of Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Once you have read those, the rich tapestry of complex plot lines will make perfect sense.
This is a terrific book, but it is one that demands concentration. It has many overlapping plot lines that converge and interlock. Hamilton is a terrific author, and the narration is superb. The one "problem" with this book is that it is the first in a trilogy, and the next 2 books are not yet available. Audible, please give us the next installment of this series (called The Temporal Void") when it is released on March 24, 2009!
Although the author has created a wildly imaginative universe, this book was difficult to follow because characters and situations carried over from previous works.
So, look folks...
This is part one of a Space Opera. It's going to be long. There are going to be a ton of characters. There will be plotlines and themes that will develop slowly. You'll have to wait till 2010 to see how it all ends.
It will, however, be magnificent when it's done.
For folks unable to deal with the naritive realities of a space opera, I'd suggest a title by Franklin W. Dixon.
And please, writing a review that insists a yarn is "too hard to follow" says less about the book than the reader.
Took me awhile to figure out what was going on...once I did I really this book. If you are the type of person whom listens to audio book without giving your full attention, you might get annoyed.
I read the whole of the first book in the trilogy and gave the second a try, but I had to stop because the chauvinism was over the top. Very disappointing in a contemporary novel.
These are long books, with a lot of detail and numerous characters. Yet they do not feel like they contain extraneous information and move forward very quickly
One word. Fantastic. Different voices, dramatic delivery, just terrific
Can't wait for the next two books in series
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The narrator has turned an already complex book into an unlistenable mess. Dialog between characters is spoken as a monotone, run-on sentence. There aren't separate voices; all sense of who is speaking is destroyed.
In general I liked the book although the different plot lines were difficult to follow. I felt like I should be taking notes as I listened. The last third of the story the pieces do come together.
Other reviews already explained the good and the bad already, guess it just wasn't for me.
If you like soap operas, you'll probably like this, if you just want good SciFi, save your money AND time, and find another author.
I actually returned the book, couldn't finish it, and it was a free credit too!
I found myself having to stop and rewind to figure out where we jumped from one srltory to another.
Another thing that got really old was the portrayal of women. apparently in Hamilton's world all the men are very well endowed, extraordinary lovers with almost godlike abilities to satisfy women. by contrast all women are obsessed with being physically attractive to these men and willing to have sex with them within minutes of meeting them. these same women are sexual gymnasts and never say no. let's not even talk about the obsession regarding the little black dress.
this whole book meanders between different stories and reads like a teenage boy's sex dreams. ugh...give this one a pass