Dang. He doesn't just focus on one technology. This is a rich imagining of all the evolutionary advances I pray humanity makes. This universe contains a complete spectrum of technologies, histories, xenobiologies, and societies. A visionary painting of our future.
John Lee's versatile voicing pulled me in and made it easy to follow each character in the rich tapestry.
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.