Although the author has created a wildly imaginative universe, this book was difficult to follow because characters and situations carried over from previous works.
In an almost Dr. Who style, Hamilton extends the evolution of human kind to the point where they are no longer human. The book is excellent in its imagination, scope and technological expanse. In his style he develops in several plot lines and brings them together in a beautifully knotted world. His eventual references to the Common Wealth series is tasteful, and is a well done way to show the change in scope of the two series. The narrator is a pleasant voice and does an excellent job of conveying the story. The abrupt ending of the book, as well, smacks of a Dr. Who plot line, leaving the reader/listener with mental blue-balls.. but that is just a testament to how enticing the story is!
One of those books that after "listening" to it, you have to buy the hard cover to proudly display it in your library! I'm actually having dreams myself about the VOID. Just downloaded book 2 and just learned it might be another year for book 3. So I will slowly digest this book to make it last as long as possible.
Hamilton himself has stated that his books aren't for everyone and I'd have to agree. But if you enjoy his style of writing, if you enjoyed Pandora's Star or it's sequel, you're going to love this book. I simply couldn't wait for the next book to be added to Audible. I went straight out and bought the hardcover. (Unfortunately, now I'm going to have to wait for a year or so for him to finish the final book in the trilogy.)
I highly recommend this book (and author) to any sci-fi fans.
I enjoyed his one i really like this author and narrator i actually downloaded another book because of the narrator. i did miss some of the characters like ozzy. but this is a trilogy and anything can happen come on audible get me the next one!!!
The only reason I did not give this a 5 star is that it ends abruptly and not gracefully with the reader having to wait a long time for the next book. This is ok if the next book follows quickly but not so when the wait is over a year.
Otherwise I have enjoyed this book every goodbit as much as the rest of the series.
I would try another book, since Peter F. Hamilton seems to be one of the few names in science fiction that doesn't do military scifi and does actual science fiction. Overall this wasn't his greatest series.
The science didn't seem very believable or fun, which is what I look for in science fiction. Red shirts was fun, so was star wars.
Isaac Asimoves and philip K. dicks books are more believable in their use of science and more character involved. He could have made the science aspects more down to earth and this is a comment on his series as a whole, have characters have more central story. reading his books is like reading clips out of a newspaper from different and not completely related stories.
The redeeming feature in this book is the one character whose life we followed for most of the story. His side of the book was the only captivating part of the story in the alternate universe. His story followed a more traditional path of the hero's journey.
This author is consistently excellent. This is the first book of a new series and does not disappoint!!
People how have never left their basement, but spend all their time talking about klingon vs. Federation warp drives will love this book. It jumps right in with its futuristic technology with no explanation and it never relents. It is way too heavy on future tech and too light on plot and character development.
The narrator does indeed have a very clear and professional sounding voice but, very monotone and seems to read non-stop, not respecting punctuation, dialogue, change in scenes or chapters.