Exotic locations, deep characters, intelligent story arc, thought provoking morality. Admttedly I had to listen twice in close succession in order to absorb the finer details, it's that rich in content. Hamilton's mind is thing of wonder. Not for novices to the Sci-Fi genre, but you veterans will love it.
In this world power and "magic" are just as ordinary and everyday facts of life. It creates and interesting opportunity for a lot of action... But here is where the story goes kind of soft. At the conclusion, in the moment of truth you get a glimpse of something exceptional but, it is kind of soft getting there and the action which has so much potential is saved for the climax. That said, it is a trilogy and perhaps there is more coming that this moderate start is setting up. I can't quite decide if the novel is character driven or action driven, maybe it tried too hard to be both and is then neither.
This recording completely disregards the meaning of "chapters" and segments the story into 1 hour blocks. there are meaningful shifts in perspective in the take that deserve to be noted as chapters in the recording. As it is, there are often no apparent divisions or pauses between scene changes, and the chapters listed have absolutely nothing to do with the story structure. This left me deeply confused for the first third of the book, which I listened to several times, attempting to figure out what the heck was going on.
Once I figured out a bit about the universe (in part by reading Wikipedia) and that the chapters were a mess, I was able to compensate to a degree.
I have very much enjoyed the Void books by Peter F. Hamilton. It is widely praised as Space Opera on a grand scale. I generally don't listen to books twice, but this might be the exception. There is so much packed into the story that its easy to miss a detail. I will definitely be following The Dreaming Void with the next two books in the series.
I might compare to the Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin Anderson. Certainly anyone who enjoyed one series is very likely to enjoy the other. Both create very large and detailed universes where their stories unfold, and also use a similar storytelling style involving several character lines proceeding more or less concurrently.
John Lee is a problem for me. I will listen to other books that he narrated because I want to hear the books, not because I enjoy his narrating style. He is just too "British" for me, very clipped and almost severe in his performance. I find that switching to Mr. Lee from another narrator that I have to listen for half an hour just to get his voice in my ear, then rewind and listen again. Also, he has an unfortunate tendency to "die off" at the end of phrases. Since I mostly listen in the car, I frequently find myself straining to hear. A steadier volume by the narrator is to me much more appropriate in an audio book. The direction doesn't help either, since there are no pauses at all when the story shifts from one character line to another, and I frequently find myself rewinding a minute or two after I figure out that the story shifted.
Not really, just really good science fiction in a unique and enjoyable style.
I am definitely "in" for the next two books in the series.
I will probably have to, because it was a bit of a struggle. Good, no doubt about that, and definitely one of Hamilton's strongest series, which is a big compliment. But the narration, while perfectly matched to the lead protagonist's own style and tone, was sometimes a bit too dry, especially in some of the early exposition scenes, where I sometimes found my attention wondering and then found myself confused as to who the heck we were talking about. A very clever, imaginative book, but sometimes lacking clear exposition.
I will, if only to hear other Hamilton books, but he was a little to cynical in places, maybe even aloof. There are some pretty gut-wrenching parts to this, and I'm not sure if I felt he gave them enough emotion.
Best from Peter Hamilton, who continues to amaze me with his stories. Couldn't stop listening to his latest saga in the Commonwealth.
The author revealed a huge amount of imaginative future technology and cultural ideologies. The narrator did a good job, not bad, not spectacular, sometimes kind of hard to hear as his tonal volume changed.
Three tome story with such a weak ending that you are left wondering: Is this it? There was so much buildup and then 'pop'... I was left deeply disappointed by the ending. Many character arcs were just dropped, some important questions were never answered, some were resolved in extremely lame ways that did not make much sense to me.