Improve decriptions of the world/universe.
Not rely on quick laugh but develop character better
I have a long daily commute, and I listen to a lot of audio books. I got tired of re-listening to Stephen King books, and have been trying to expand my list of authors. Not generally much for the scifi genre, but this combination of story and narrator hit it just right for me. I just downloaded the third book in this series, and will be disappointed when it's over.
Just finished listening to the Dreaming Void, and all I can say is wow. I loved it. This is my second "space opera" listen, with Saga of the Seven Suns the first, and The Dreaming Void is heads and tales better. If this is what the future holds for the Human race, can I be frozen to the middle of the 3rd millennia.
Although I loved this book, I have a few words of warning to my fellow listener.
1. It starts out slow, and is sort of difficult to follow at first, but towards the end things become much clearer.
2. There is a lot of fictional history that is referenced in the book, and not much was explained (as of the end of the 1st book)
3. The narrator isn't the best in the world, and there are pauses that seem out of place, but he doesn't take anything away from the book.
4. As others have pointed out, yes there is sex and swearing in the book, but it is far from vulgar or obscene, and neither is overused. I would go as far as saying it adds a unique touch to the book. But if the words "c--k", and "f--k" bother you, or you are going to listen with a younger child, I would look elsewhere.
These things do not distract from the book at all. If your on the fence, take a trip to the future with The Dreaming Void, you will not be disappointed.
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.