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.
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.
Enjoy the adventure
As “The Dreaming Void” ends, a voice rang out, “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program”. I certainly did. The book follows two storylines; one includes cool futuristic tech and the other includes fantasy genre magical powers. Both have several action filled moments that tempt listeners to stay up late or sneak listens during the day. The two stories are interesting and linked.
A slow start and the large number of characters were my only negatives.
It was difficult to pick my favorite technology, but finally settled on “multiples”. In the distant future, people can purchase multiple selves and is based on the thought “If only there were more of me, I could get more done”. Each self is connected by a common mind and thus know what the other selves are doing. If I had that technology, I could be in 3 places at one time, and if I could afford more me’s, I could be in 9 places at once. I could get into a lot of trouble.
Only rarely does one come across a novel with such simultaneous scope and imagination to realize the true potential of a science fiction universe. Hamilton has done just that in the Void Trilogy. Since beginning this series I have come to understand that it is a continuation of another series, the commonwealth saga. Having begun the Void Trilogy unaware, I can safely say that one can start at either point and still understand. This trilogy follows many characters that are, at first, almost entirely separate from one another so there will be initial confusion due to the style but it abates partway through the first book.
The Void Trilogy strikes me as an incredible compendium of transhumanist possibilities. Hamilton imagines so many different ways for people to transcend their natural station. There are the usual trademarks; bodies populated by nanomachines that lend near magic abilities for strength, utility, medical assistance, etc.; bodies that have been guided by artificial genetic evolution to exemplify the human ideal; minds spliced with computers. But Hamilton has taken some of these to fascinating extremes while coming up with very original ideas in other ways (which is to say, I haven't encountered them anywhere else yet).
The people who have chosen to invest their minds in computers have varying stages of integration from linking up with a vast internet within their own bodies to shedding their physical form and living in a virtual reality with others of their kind where their intellect is vastly inflated by some immense quantum supercomputer that is described as existing in a field around a planet (if I was paying attention). And Hamilton even throws in other species that have completely transcended physical existence altogether for good measure. My personal favorite imagining of his is that of the "multiples", which are many bodies invested with the same personality! While cloning and mind-swapping are scifi hallmarks I have never seen someone put them together in quite this manner before. It certainly had some interesting social implications.
All that alone would make this book well worth the read/listen but Hamilton's true genius is in his ability to take all of those disparate evolutionary pathways and fit them into a single, cohesive universe. I wouldn't have thought it possible that such a wide range of human archetypes with their wildly differing abilities and natures could coexist but Hamilton really does fit them together in a way that feels genuinely believable. It is a truly remarkable achievement.
In fact, Hamilton does such a wonderful job of setting up this diversity of transhumanist factions that I found myself wondering at all the paths he noticeably left out. There is an almost shocking lack of wholly artificial bodies. There are also no people living in non-human bodies, which one would expect to be an inevitable faction with the sort of biomedical technology available. And that is what this book does, it makes you wonder about the future of technology and the impact it will have on people's lives both practically and philosophically the way all great scifi does.
Among the dazzling breadth of ideas and inspiration floating around in this intellectual playground there is also an epic tale unraveling within the even more epic universe. There are something like 8 different characters that the reader will follow. Each of these have their own story and their own environment. At the start, there seems very little tying them together but as events unfold it becomes more and more clear that they are all entangled in the same web of conspiracy and politics that will ultimately determine the fate of the universe. In fact, Hamilton's universe is so vast that it actually has another universe inside it that is consuming the larger universe... Yeah, it gets pretty nuts but in a good way ;)
All of that said, I haven't even given away any real spoilers. This is an epic in the truest sense. The characters are unique and heavily developed. The story is gripping, mysterious, and masterfully woven together. The backdrop is the likes of which I've never seen before. If you haven't picked this one up, I can't recommend it enough. Enjoy! :D
Oh, and the narrator does not get in the way except when he simulates yelling while trying not to actually yell. In those instances the character voices become very warped, especially the female voices. He distinguishes well enough under normal conditions though and his voice is easy to listen to.
This is my introduction to Mr. Hamilton, and I couldn't be happier with the book and his writing. He accomplishes a fine balance between exposition and pace, exposing the information needed to understand the world of the story but not getting lost in endless detail. You won't understand everything within the world the first time it is discussed, but don't worry, your understanding will build each time it is discussed. Just let yourself become part of the story, and you'll understand everything in time.
The narrator has an excellent voice and does accents very well, but doesn't have a broad range of voices to differentiate characters. Since Mr. Hamilton doesn't waste time with "he said," "she said," after every comment, many times I found myself unsure who was speaking. A wider range of voices would have helped.
I highly recommend The Dreaming Void, and I am now downloading book 2.
I like how it's two books in one and figuring out how the fantasy story relates to the "outside" SciFi story.
The characters are interesting and likable. Enough good and bad things happen to them that they are believable and engaging.
The author must be from Britain and it's amusing to see the number of (probably unintentional) quaint references when these characters in the far future do something that's common there but not elsewhere. Their many cups of tea being only the most obvious.
The variations on "one body, one consciousness" are very clever and really make the reader think. Well done!