Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady
The audio performance was fine. I thought this would be a good book, but I just could not bring myself to finish it.
No it hasn't.
A great story on a grand scale, well told, fully developed characters, fascinating backdrops and enough science to keep your head spinning. Keep going back over segments of the story to crystallize the arc.
The people and the scale of the story.
Some parts surprising but it is the wealth of detail that really drives my interest. The author is to be applauded for his effort.
..from the Commonwealth Saga. This book is both a brand new story line and a continuation of (some of) your favorite characters from the prequel series. The new characters are very different but the blending of the new and old makes for a great story. I finished this trilogy weeks ago and i'm still thinking about some of the concepts Hamilton created. I had to repeat some parts of the book a couple times b/c a few of the concepts are very abstract but don't be deterred, everything makes sense in the end.
John Lee does a great job with the new voices as well as keeping the old voices the same. This made the story that much better for me.
You won't be disappointed.
I've read nearly all of what Peter F. Hamilton has to say, and he has to say quite a lot evidently. I find myself enjoying this book like I enjoy his other books. I enjoy one or two particular point of views in his plot lines within his many point of views and pretty much ignore the rest. When his writing is on it is a near magical experience. Like when Ozzy, is walking through the ice forest in his early books. I can picture that scene down to every detail and feel the bite of frost clinging to my skin. He printed a near out of body experience onto tapestry. On the other hand I find that when his writing is off, it is so over detailed and long winded that it will drain you from going any further. I have to actually stop, regroup another day, and listen again.
In the end I would always read another one of his novels. There is too much good here to miss out on, but if this is the first novel you've seen I'd recommend starting from Pandora's Star. Amazingly after the first two novels there are still characters kicking around in the Dreaming Void from his earlier Commonwealth books. Two books doesn't sound like a long time but that's 80 hours of narration and some 1200 years!
I have not read the print version
This book is similar to Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. They were written by the same author and take place in the same universe.
I don't want to say. It will spoil it.
Again, I don't want to say. It will spoil it.
If you enjoyed Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained you will enjoy this book even more. It starts out a bit slow, but be patient. You won't be sorry.
No, you have to pay attention to what's going on or you will get lost. Luckily the story is so good that it's easy to pay attention.
I like the characters, world and stories. It is easy to get hooked by multiple stories and I can wait to get into the next book to see how it goes.
While I found the Dreaming Void to be a pleasant surprise from an author I hadn't read before, it's riddled by an odd multi-personality disorder. I'm not complaining about it having multiple points of view - I'm used to that. What's strange about the Dreaming Void is that there are effectively three different tones the story is written in.
There's the tone of the enigmatic agent Aaron, where the humanity's 'evolution' to a custom-built and omnipotent race is given its dark side, where life is treated as being worthless because death is meaningless. There's the weird domestic tale of Araminta (my least favorite), who is struggling through the steps of a mundane existence, having sex with about everyone she meets. (The author has a very libertine style, though I wouldn't say it compares to a romance novel, even in these sections) Then there's the dream-story of Ediard, which takes place in an entirely different setting, and would be most easily compared to a young adult fantasy novel, where a young man struggles to find his place in a vaguely medieval world.
If you think all three of these things sound interesting, or even 2 out of 3, it's probably worth listening to the book. The performer is very talented and versatile, though I might have preferred if they had brought on a woman as well for the many female parts, and occasionally his theatrically rolled rs grated at my nerves. Just be ready for a slow go of it - while books with multiple PoVs usually result in the multiple characters converging, this one never even comes close in the scope of this first novel.
Say something about yourself!
Peter Hamilton's novels always get off to a slow start -- or seem to -- because he is always telling several (in this case about 8) completely different stories at the beginning, all set in the same universe, but seemingly without connection. As the novel develops, these stories all turn out to revolve around the same set of macro events, and it is these galaxy-spanning, bigger-than-life plot arcs that drive the story. The Dreaming Void is set in the Commonwealth, the universe in which the earlier novels Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained take place, but about 1500 years later. There are a handful of important characters who carry over from the earlier novels, thanks to the wonders of rejuvenation technology, and there is no doubt that it helps to have read those earlier novels. Not all of the sub-plot arcs move along at the same pace, so there are times when I couldn't wait to get back to the story of Edeard in the Void itself (clearly the best of the plot lines in this novel), but they all work if you give them time and attention. All of the major characters are interesting and well drawn, but it is the mystery of the Void itself that is most compelling here, if a bit confusing at times. I did find that I had to rewind on occasion to make sure that I was properly understanding what was happening (e.g., there are two cities of Makkathran, the original in the Void, and the replica created based on the Dreamer's vision of the original, and at the beginning of the novel it takes some work to get clear about that sort of thing). But this is a story that repays the time and effort you will spend on it.
This is a book that builds up in pleasureable listening. In the past it was worth it to me to listen to the next two books. This time...I am not sure I will get the next two books.
No...it is not a stand alone book.
I like John Lee a good deal. This rates right up there.
Not a thing...did make me want to find more scifi though