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.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
I may at some point but I am more interested in finishing the entire Void Trilogy. It is absolutely addictive. This book sets up the tale of the Waterwalker for the rest of the series, mostly background information that sets up the chess pieces for the inevitable resolution and additional world building.
These are long books, with a lot of detail and numerous characters. Yet they do not feel like they contain extraneous information and move forward very quickly. I just finished the Commonwealth Series and these books are an extension of that universe. It may be hard for many readers to understand what is going on without the Commonwealth background, but it is possible. My advice, and what I think makes these series great, is to start at Pandora's Star and immerse yourself in this universe. It is what makes these books and the stories so great.
One word. Fantastic. Different voices, dramatic delivery, just terrific. One negative comment about the production however. The chapters and sub chapters are not given a short pause between beginning and end. It is annoying and I frankly don't understand how this could be viewed as acceptable. It is as if not pausing between songs on a CD. But overall it does not change the fact that John Lee is great and these stories are interpreted in a professional and dramatic fashion.
Not sure. I am not a movie guy and if you thought Lord of the Rings was too long these books would amount to about 50 movies.
I rate these, with the production flaws among the best of Audible. right up there with the Foundation Series, The Hyperion Cantos and Dune in terms of sweeping, epic story telling. So glad I found them....
Book was very slow to get going.
Not sure, have to decide if this book was boring or if it was his reading
I would say only if you like Sci-Fi strictly for the techno babble. This book has very little in the way of action. I will say there is quite a bit of build up of characters and story if you can fight you way to the end when things finally start to come together.
The long drawn out first book might have prevented me from trying the second book, maybe I will give it a chance on a sale though.
This was very hard to get through for a number of reasons.
!) If you could clone yourself and have all of you and your 30+ clones share your mind each being able to make their/his/her own choices, the next place to go is to find a recent divorced woman with 6+ of you and have an orgy with just her and the clones.
This goes into explicit details including how sore she was the next day.
How about a rich guy that puts mind chips into his multiple wives brains for his extra cravings.
2) This book goes into excruciating details of the most minor trivial things in the book.
3) Slams Christians
4) Involves a Fantasy story line (with magic, 3rd hands, far sight) weaved in several chapters making you wonder if someone changed the "channel" on you.
Not for me
History enthusiast with military and legal background.
People how have never left their basement, but spend all their time talking about klingon vs. Federation warp drives will love this book. It jumps right in with its futuristic technology with no explanation and it never relents. It is way too heavy on future tech and too light on plot and character development.