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.
Given that it takes place in the distant future I expects more mind blowing achievements. Also there we too much sexuality especially with the main female character. It added nothing to the story.
No, there was too much weird sex and only one character is worth caring about.
Better then story
The incessant, detailed descriptions of characters appearance and their sexual relationships
I love and admire Peter Hamilton's works. I have read a number and have found inspiration to my own work.
My own preference is for near future science fiction but the way in which he writes makes the distant future melange with mythos and pure medieval fantasy quite enjoyable.
The reintroduction and explanation of character history from his other Commonwealth books was a great touch and gave me a bit of joy when certain characters made an appearance.
I very much look forward to the rest of the trilogy so professionally and artistically narrated by John Lee.
The narrator does a brilliant job, having to juggle more than ten character voices. I would have liked more pauses, perhaps naming the chapters. Because in the start of the book the number of people, places and technology to grasp is a mouthful!
I would perhaps have enjoyed the written version of the book more, simply because of being able to stop and think about events in the start. In the end the story comes nicely together. And the second and third books will be perfect for Audible.
My next space opera might involve me buying paper or kindle version of the first book and the latter as an audio book. Besides, this authors book The Great North Road isn't available as an audio book in my region anyhow, forcing my hand.
A little hard to follow at first but worth it. Developed nicely and finished well. Definitely starting the next book in the series soon.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
This book is hard to rate because, it's only the first third of a book. It's just a beginning (despite its length) with no middle and no end. So without listening to the rest I can't really tell if this is good story or not.
However I will say that Hamilton has gotten a little better at making his characters a little more diverse and less like each other. But he could still use more improvement. I don't know why Sci-Fi writers have such a hard time making believable characters. Hamilton is far from the worst I have read though, so it is tolerable. While some of the scientist types seem to almost share the same personality, there is a man with telekinesis that seems to at least be his own person. One of the main female characters just seems to be a sex bot and serve no purpose in the story at all other than sex.
The story is interesting so far. But by the end of the book the main plot is as much of a mystery as when the story started, as are some of the characters.
The book is overwritten, and could have had some of the many orgies edited out, which so far seem to have nothing to do with the plot. And are just thrown in to keep horny males interested, and to give the sex-bot something to do. Now I don't mind sex in books, however when Sci-Fi writers, write about sex it tends to be dull and when used as a cheap way to grab attention too many times, with a book of this size, one starts to just want the story to pick up a bit.