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.
The narrator does indeed have a very clear and professional sounding voice but, very monotone and seems to read non-stop, not respecting punctuation, dialogue, change in scenes or chapters.
I liked the book but I found it hard to keep my attention on the story. This is rare for me and I can only attribute it to the story. There is a great amount of detail, a complex world structure that seems well thought out but I found myself just wanting to hear about the dreams and the world that they created and not anything else. The rest of the story was just a bit boring I believe because the characters were in large part homogeneous excluding the characters that were a part of the dream.
John has a great reading voice but he falls short in his ability to create new voices for the various characters as well as other readers. This made following conversations a bit more challenging.
I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books.
I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books. I have a flaw and that is that I feel a need to complete a series when I start and so with this series I will move to book 2.
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!
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.