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.
Action packed book for comic fans with heroes smashing through impossibles unharmed. Fantasy universe that is a bit short of reality.
Enjoyed the story, even though it's billed as a new series it's essentially a continuation of the universe introduced in pandora' star. Strange how big the author's imagination is in some ways and yet how limited it is in others. The future is radically different...and yet still very sexist and British. An odd mix. The narrator is decent at accents but his intonations, especially for female characters are very annoying. Everyone sounds like a jaded snob from another era...."you won't believe it dahling..." Fun, and (sometimes too) elaborately plotted, just a bit absurd how little social/cultural imagination there is in the context of other big ideas.
It was very different from the Commonwealth Saga, which I loved. I was expecting more interesting sci-fi social and technological descriptions, but it went over the horizon to sci-fantasy. :(
No, the story just wasn't as entertaining as the Commonwealth Saga. I didn't like the fantasy aspect. It seemed like the author went so sci-fi it became fantasy in the real universe, and was actual fantasy in the void.
My problem isn't the acting, but there are zero transitions between scenes. It makes it confusing as you have to realize that he isn't talking about the previous character anymore.
Ask Hamilton to write more novels like the Commonwealth Saga and less like the Void Trilogy.